Copyright and Licensing

College of Policing materials or 'content,' as we have referred to it here, is automatically protected as literary works under UK copyright law.  This means that in most cases you will have to get our permission to re-use our content.

A copyright licence is the mechanism we use to grant people and organisations permission to use College of Policing content so that you are complying with the law and not infringing our rights. The licence also sets out your responsibilities and the terms under which we grant you a licence.

We have an established Licensing Framework to help us grant licences in an efficient, fair, transparent and consistent way.

From time to time we also advertise licensing opportunities for organisations who wish to bid for a commercial licence.

 

Can I use College of Policing content?

We regularly receive requests from people and organisations that wish to use our logo or content, including our authorised professional practice (APP), code of ethics, national policing curriculum including our learning standards and learning materials, policing tools and models, infographics, photographs as well as content from our websites.

These are all protected by copyright law so you will need our prior written permission (a licence) to re-use, distribute, adapt, lend or communicate to the public, even if you are a police officer or working for a Home Office police force.

Sometimes we aren't able to give you permission because some of our material is police sensitive, commercially sensitive or because we don't always own the copyright.

Our content often includes other people's content for which we have obtained permission to use but this permission does not always extend to us allowing others to use it.  For example, a learning programme may include a video clip featuring a victim of crime or photographs that belongs to another individual or company.

For further information, please contact the Copyright and Licensing team by email: Copyright&Licensing@college.pnn.police.uk

Read on to find out how to request permission:

Can I use the College of Policing logo?

The College of Policing name and logo are valuable brand assets, recognised worldwide, representing our corporate values and our reputation for knowledge and professionalism in policing in England and Wales.

We receive requests to use our logo for a wide range of purposes.  For example for testimonials to demonstrate that the College endorses a particular organisation, product or event, for website links and for corporate publicity.

Permission to use the College name and/or logo will usually only be granted for official College of Policing business, or where there is participation at an event, or in publication where the use of the name and or logo is specifically agreed.

Any use of the College logo must be with our prior written permission (a licence).

To request permission please email our Copyright and Licensing team at Copyright&Licensing@college.pnn.police.uk clearly stating who you are requesting permission on behalf of (an individual or an organisation – please provide your business address) and for what duration and specific purpose you wish to use the logo.   

Where permission is granted you must ensure correct and consistent use of our logo.  If we supply a style guide you must refer to and comply with it to ensure your use is consistent with our brand guidelines.

Can I reuse content for my business?

You'll need to get our prior written permission for any business use and, unless you are a Home Office police force, you may have to pay a fee.

To request permission please email our Copyright and Licensing team at Copyright&Licensing@college.pnn.police.uk clearly stating who you are requesting permission on behalf of (an individual or an organisation – please provide your business address), specifically what content you wish to re-use, for what duration and for what purpose.   

'Business Use' means you are either using College content:

  • to do your job as an employee, contractor or consultant (this includes police officers and police staff) 
  • to make a profit
  • as an educational, non-profit, government or charitable organisation

'Commercial Use' means it is intended for or directed towards any commercial advantage or monetary compensation.

Can I reuse content if I’m a Home Office police officer or police staff?

All Home Office police forces are licenced by the College under a single Consolidated Licence through their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) or in the case of the Metropolitan Police Service, the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC).

To check which content and products your force is currently licenced to use or deliver search our new Product and Licence Database.

If you are not already licensed you'll need to get our prior written permission (a licence).

To request permission please email our Copyright and Licensing team at Copyright&Licensing@college.pnn.police.uk clearly stating who you are requesting permission on behalf of (which police force), specifically what content you wish to re-use, for what duration and for what purpose.   

Can I reuse content if I work for wider law enforcement or another government body?

In addition to all Home Office police forces, some wider law enforcement and other government bodies are licenced by the College under our Consolidated Licence.

If you are not already licensed you'll need to get our prior written permission (a licence).

To request permission please email our Copyright and Licensing team at Copyright&Licensing@college.pnn.police.uk clearly stating who you are requesting permission on behalf of (organisation or government department/agency), specifically what content you wish to re-use, for what duration and for what purpose. 

Can I reuse content if I’m a member of the College of Policing?

​Membership to the College of Policing is granted to eligible individuals and gives you access to the members site which you can use for your personal use only.

Members cannot access and use our content for business use.

'Business Use' means you are either using College content:

  • to do your job as an employee, contractor or consultant (this includes police officers and police staff), 
  • to make a profit,
  • as an educational, non-profit, government or charitable organisation.

Can I reuse content from a College website?

Unless otherwise stated our website content (excluding logos and photographs) is freely available for re-use under our Non-Commercial College licence.

If you wish to adapt/modify our content or wish to re-use content for Commercial Use purposes then you will need to obtain a licence and may have to pay a fee.

To request permission to use content on our website beyond what is already permitted under our Non-Commercial College licence please email our Copyright and Licensing team at Copyright&Licensing@college.pnn.police.uk clearly stating who you are (an individual or an organisation), specifically what content you wish to re-use, for what duration and for what purpose.   

'Commercial Use' means it is intended for or directed towards any commercial advantage or monetary compensation.

Can I link to College of Policing websites?

Yes, you can link to our website URL's so long as you don't copy any of the content without permission or use the College of Policing logo. If you wish to use the College of Policing logo see 'Can I use the College of Policing logo'?

You should be aware that over time our website output changes so what you link to may have moved, changed or may not be available after a certain period of time.

Can I reuse content on POLKA if I have access?

​Access to POLKA is only granted to eligible organisations and gives individuals working for those organisations access to content subject to its terms and conditions of use.

Can I reuse content on the managed learning environment (formally NCALT) if I have access?

​Access to the managed learning environment is only granted to eligible organisations and gives individuals working for those organisations access to content subject to its terms and conditions of use and their licence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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