About us

The College of Policing was established in 2012 as the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales. The purpose of the College is to provide those working in policing with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent crime, protect the public, and secure public trust.

We have three complementary functions:

  • Knowledge – we develop the research and infrastructure for improving evidence of 'what works'. Over time, this will ensure that policing practice and standards are based on knowledge, rather than custom and convention.
  • Education – we support the development of individual members of the profession. We set educational requirements to assure the public of the quality and consistency of policing skills and we facilitate the academic accreditation and recognition of our members' expertise.
  • Standards – we draw on the best available evidence of 'what works' to set standards in policing for forces and individuals. Examples include our Authorised Professional Practice (APP) and peer reviews.

For information about our current activities, see the What we do section.

We intend to be a not-for-profit membership organisation, and will aim to achieve chartered status. Members will be fully involved in all aspects of College work.

We will have a mandate to set standards in professional development, including codes of practice and regulations, to ensure consistency across the 43 forces in England and Wales. We also have a remit to set standards for the police service on training, development, skills and qualifications, and we will provide maximum support to help the service implement these standards.

A fundamental development within the College is the use of knowledge and research to develop an evidence-based approach to policing. We are hosting the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, which involves collaboration with academics and a university consortium. We will also take a coordinating role across the country, commissioning research and setting up regional networks, so that universities, further education colleges and police forces can work together to learn from best practice.

The British model of policing by consent is admired right across the world. We will help to create the best conditions to sustain and enhance that model.

College of Policing Limited is a company registered in England and Wales, with registered number 8235199 and VAT registered number 152023949.

Our registered office is at College of Policing Limited, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3EN.


As the professional body for policing, the Government's intention is for the College of Policing to operate independently of the Home Office. For this reason and to allow it to start operating as soon as possible,  the College was established as a company limited by guarantee while legislation to formally establish it as a statutory body was prepared.

Soon after the College's establishment, following discussion between the College and Home Office and recommendations of the Home Affairs Select Committee in its report, Leadership and Standards in the Police, dated 1 July 2013, House of Commons (HC 67-1) it was decided the maintenance of this independence could be best achieved through pursuing Royal Charter status. This remains the College's long term aim and is supported by the Home Office.

The College of Policing has been expressly recognised by Parliament in statute, including the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which made a number of amendments to the Police Act 1996, and in so doing formally recognised the role of the College.  The College's functions and responsibilities are also the subject of the Policing and Crime Bill 2016, which is presently at the Committee stage in the House of Lords.  In addition, the College has been the subject of a House of Commons Home Affairs Committee report, College of Policing: three years on, dated 9 July 2016, House of Commons (HC23).

House of Commons Home Affairs Committee

In July 2013 the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) published a report, Leadership and standards in the police, which contained a number of recommendations relevant to the College. In October 2013 we submitted our response to those recommendations.

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