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Lincolnshire Police enhances distance learning program G etting the best out of employees, especially ones who play such a big role in the wider community, requires continual professional development. Training is a top priority to ensure officers are equipped with the skills they need to tackle any scenario they might encounter. For over 40 years, Lincolnshire Police has placed the utmost importance on training by creating a television production unit in the early 1970’s. It is used to recreate ‘real life’ scenarios for press officers and training videos for police officers. This includes a small HD studio and an outside broadcast ‘down the line’ environment to put trainees through their paces in a simulated crisis. More recently the division has installed high end broadcast technology, including Blackmagic Design’s ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher and 2 M/E Broadcast Panel, so that program material can be submitted to broadcast media in HD. The Head of Television Production, David Buckley, at Lincolnshire Police explains why it was important to have a HD television studio. Importance of Training According to Buckley it was a mandate from the Home Office that saw Lincolnshire Police add recording capabilities to its training program. “With our ability to film and edit training videos on site, it means that we can utilize our distance learning program more by eliminating the need for officers to travel 50 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY075MAR13.indd 50 11/03/2013 16:51