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Friday 15 – Sunday 17 March 2013

Search Technician Course

This weekend we ran a Search Technician course for 8 new members.

The course is a compulsory requirement for all members during the probationary period prior to being allowed on a live search and consists of presentations and practical exercises including numerous searches. Due to time constraints some modules will be taught over the coming weeks which include radio procedures, water safety and BTACC (Basic Trauma and Casualty Care) to name just a few.

The course is intensive and runs from 1900 until 2200 on Friday, 0815 until 2200 on Saturday and on Sunday a 8:15 start with the day ending in the late afternoon with certificates handed out to candidates that pass the assessments and 30 minute written exam.

The syllabus includes the following topics and search exercises are run throughout the weekend for candidates to gain practical experience of the skills that they have learnt.

Professionalism/personal requirements

Search techniques

Anatomy of a callout

Crime scene preservation

Missing person behaviour

Personal equipment

Role of POLSA (Police Search Advisor)

Role of a search dog Searching near water

Role of a search manager

Note Taking

The courses are great fun and quite often (always) end up with a very late night or two and end with a traditional sunday roast.

We would like to thank team members who gave up their time to teach and mentor new members and offer our very sincere thanks to the three Cheshire Police Search Advisors (PolSA’s) that gave up their weekend to teach and support the course. We are very lucky to have amazing support from the police and it is a testament to their dedication to their job and the missing and vulnerable people of Cheshire that they regularly give up their free time to assist in the training and development of the team which they have done since its inception.

We would also like to offer a special thanks to Lauren, a young lady who assisted all weekend with the scenarios and Dianne who worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone was extremely well fed.

Congratulations to all 8 members that passed the course.

All part of the learning experience for new members of the team – the unpredictability of a despondent or depressed person