Successful Police Station Accreditation for Elliott Moulster
We are pleased to announce that our trainee solicitor Elliott Moulster has successfully completed his Police Station Accreditation.
This means that he is now able to represent clients at the police station who have requested the duty solicitor. He has also proved himself able to represent our own clients or duty clients who face the most serious of allegations that if charged could only be heard at the Crown Court.
Police station accreditation
As would be expected, the process for securing such a qualification is onerous. Although Elliott was exempted from the written examination as he has completed the Legal Practice Course, he still have to undertake the preparation of a portfolio of his work for assessment and take part in the Critical Incidents Test.
Two part portfolio
The Portfolio is in two parts. For the first part he had to work with experienced Duty Solicitor Lauren Manuel. He attended the police station with her and observed two cases where she provided the advice. Elliott then attended on two further occasions and was observed providing the advice himself.
The second part of the portfolio involved Elliott attending the police station himself, assessing the evidence and providing the advice himself. He then had the opportunity of speaking with Lauren about the issues that arose and the decisions that he made.
The written portfolio is then assessed by an independent organisation to ensure that Elliott has demonstrated the necessary understanding of the complex law and evidential issues that can arise at the police station. Only when he has proved that can he pass the accreditation.
Critical incidents test
The Critical Incidents Test is the second part of the assessment. The purpose of this test was to assess your Elliott’s effectiveness in the police station. It simulates police station situations so Elliott had to listen to audio recordings of extracts from typical police station situations. He then had to record appropriate responses to these conversation.
The purpose of this test was to assess:
- the appropriateness of his responses
- his oral communication skills, and
- his assertiveness
As a result, if Elliott should represent you at the police station then you can be sure that you are in safe hands. His abilities have been independently tested before he meets you!
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Please contact your local office if you know you are to be interviewed, or make sure the police contact us if you are under arrest. Any of our office numbers will allow you to speak to a lawyer 24 hours a day all year round.