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Police training needs more sense; DIVERSITY.

Police diversity training is a "self-feeding monster" that threatens to stifle progress in combating prejudice, an expert said yesterday.

Dr John Coxhead said formal training taking place in police forces, public bodies and companies, was increasingly divorced from reality.

The academic, an expert in Romany and other traveller communities, warned that senior officers should focus on everyday work, not one off workshops.

And he said strong leadership, not classroom pleasantries, was the key to improving attitudes to minority groups.

Dr Coxhead said in many cases organisations need a "return to common sense" rather than formal training.

"Diversity training can be a selffeeding monster in a world of its own with little focus on skills and outcomes. The preoccupation with training often takes the place of work place application."
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