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Trainee police officers are put through their paces in Grantham town centre

Trainee police officers tackle practical assessments in Grantham.
Trainee police officers tackle practical assessments in Grantham.

You would be forgiven for thinking there was a major incident in Grantham on Friday – after all, it’s not often you see two dozen officers patrolling the town centre.

But fear not, the heavy police presence was simply a training exercise.

Trainee officers were being put through their paces, tackling a number of mocked-up incidents, ranging from thefts from B&M Bargains, to a taxi dispute, to alcohol offences.

When they were not attending incidents, officers were actively patrolling the streets and talking to members of the public.

Several passers-by asked for crime advice, said police trainer Cheryl Campbell. She added: “We’ve been given some fantastic feedback from from the community.”

Training schemes are delivered through a strategic partnership between Lincolnshire Police and contracted private security firm G4S. Trainers responsible for officers’ development through their two-year training programme are part of a G4S learning and development team based at the force headquarters in Nettleham.

Volunteers form a key part of the practical training sessions seen in Grantham on Friday, helping in role play situations, for example. Mick Turner, also a police trainer, said the force is always keen to hear from members of the community wishing to volunteer their time.

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