Playing Cluedo now part of police academy training

Police academy recruits training on Cluedo

By Hugh Dunnett, Crime Correspondent

The deductive skills of new police recruits are being put to the test playing the murder mystery game Cluedo.

Students must spend one afternoon a week trying to work out if Miss Scarlet committed a gruesome murder in the ballroom with a candlestick.

Another day they will see if Mrs Peacock bludgeoned someone to death in the study with lead piping.

Police training officer Sgt Lorraine Fisher, 34, explained: “If we want our police force to be the best, then this tough new training technique will pay rich dividends.

“In Suffolk, there are a lot of murders in Tudor country mansions. When the police arrive there is always a bunch of shady characters all claiming to be innocent.

“This usually includes a retired colonel, a vicar and a professor.

“Like something out of Midsomer Murders, the murder weapon is a little weird, such as lead piping, a rope, candlestick and even a wrench.

“It means practising on Cluedo is perfect training for our county police recruits.”

It is expected that the Cluedo training will lead to a dramatic cut in the number of unsolved crimes across the UK.

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