Using an eportfolio for police training
Being a police officer is a hardcore job, so they undertake a lot of training to keep them on the mark when they're on the beat.
Training starts from day one, and doesn't stop until the end of service. Officers need to stay up to date with new technologies, threats and intelligence, and adapt their behaviour to the changing world around them. Because of this, police training varies hugely – but what all police training has in common is that learning takes place on the ground.
You can't teach this stuff from a textbook. Police officers need exposure to real-life scenarios so they can put their training into action. They then need to build a portfolio of evidence to prove their skills so they can be assessed against the training programme. This is where an eportfolio comes in.
Instead of having to remember the event and write up notes when they get back to the station, officers can take photos, videos and audio recordings in the moment using any device. They can then upload it to their eportfolio to prove their skills. It's quick, easy and secure.
But that's not the only benefit. Here are our top 5 reasons to use an eportfolio for police training:
1. Anytime access
Police officers are needed on our streets, so you don't want them taking time out during their shift to do paperwork. With an eportfolio, candidates can log in to their account and work wherever they are – at home, at the station or in the field.
Paper-based portfolios can be lost, damaged or stolen, which is not only inconvenient for candidates – they could contain classified information and put your cases at risk. With an eportfolio, all data is fully encrypted and confidential data can be redacted or signposted.
3. Quality control
Police training is carefully quality controlled at all levels. This can be a challenge if you don't have an effective way to monitor your training from start to finish. With an eportfolio, the full audit trail is recorded online and is visible to candidates, mentors, IQAs and EQAs – making quality assurance easy to track, manage and maintain.
4. Huge savings
If your police candidates use paper portfolios, printing, paper, travel and storage costs could run into the thousands. But if you use an eportfolio, you won't have to print off reading lists, post assignments or store huge folders – everything is available online.
A good eportfolio can be used for a whole range of training programmes – from the policing national curriculum to special counter terrorism. This means you can use the same system across your force, and candidates can use the same account as they progress. A great eportfolio will also have an integrated VLE so you can create online learning resources on the same platform.
At OneFile, our eportfolio is already used by 10 UK police forces. Why? Because it's the best on the market!
Our eportfolio can be adapted for all types of police training – and it has a built-in reporting suite, VLE, CPD tracker, quality features, robust security and an offline app. To find out how you can use OneFile – and how much it'll save your force – download our free guide.
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