There have been a number of media articles referencing the College over the last week. Here is a summary of the coverage:
Over the weekend:
Teenagers caught with cannabis can join the police after rules relaxed by the Home Office – Mail Online The "controversial" new guidance means recruits will no longer be automatically rejected if they have criminal convictions or cautions.
Friday, 3 November:
PCCs claim College of Policing doesn't feel like it is owned by the police service – Police Oracle (behind paywall) South Wales PCC Alun Michael claimed at the APCC/NPCC conference that the College of Policing is owned by a small committee of people rather than the wider service. Rachel Tuffin responded and said the organisation was doing what it had been asked to by the two organisations and was working closely with them on the Policing Vision 2025, which PCCs admitted they hadn't read.
Thursday, 2 November:
Report into the Hillsborough disaster says police should be forced to tell truth when tackling public tragedies – Independent In a new Home Office report former Bishop of Liverpool James Jones says cultural change needed to end injustice faced by families involved in the disaster. The Bishop recommended College of Policing training for senior police officers to ensure an open approach to inquiries and independent investigations was taken.
Change of attitude urged following publication of landmark Hillsborough report – Police Professional The Home Office review on the experiences of the Hillsborough families has found public bodies need to adopt cultural change in the way bereaved relatives are treated following a tragedy. Among a number of recommendation the review urged College of Policing training for senior police officers.
Rachel Tuffin, interim CEO at the College of Policing, said: "Today's review makes clear that there remains more to do in ensuring we learn from the experiences of the Hillsborough families. " We will work with forces, the National Police Chiefs' Council and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services to carefully consider the points of learning which Bishop James Jones has raised."
Plan to turn policing into degree-related profession delayed - Police Oracle (behind paywall)
Police chiefs have decided the proposal to link promotion in rank to the earning of higher qualifications is not yet feasible. It had been proposed that specific levels of academic qualification would be needed to hold specific ranks. Sara Thornton's NPCC blog is quoted. College statement is quoted directly; "Proposals for mandated professional development - qualifications attached to supporting promotion in rank (Sergeants – Chief Superintendents) - will continue to be discussed with key stakeholder groups to address the potential content, options around delivery and funding models, and timing."
College statement in full:
A College of Policing spokesperson said: "The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) will introduce a national standard to training and qualifications for policing in England and Wales. This framework is key to achieving a workforce with developed skills and knowledge, able to respond effectively to current and future challenges. "The focus in the initial delivery within PEQF has been the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PDCA), due to be available by early adopter forces by April 2018. "The PDCA has been a focus because it enables forces to access the Government's apprenticeship funding. Forces will have already contributed to this fund through paying the apprenticeship levy, a focus on delivering the PDCA at the earliest opportunity works towards ensuring that the cost of that levy is not without benefit to forces. "The pre-join undergraduate degree in policing and the Degree Holder Entry Programme are still in development and so will be implemented later, post September 2018. "Another PEQF priority has been to ensure that existing officers and staff have a system to enable them to undertake educational qualifications. The College's Recognition of Prior Experience and Learning process, which includes a calculator to show the qualification credit officers already have, has now been finalised, and a number of universities and other qualification providers have agreed to the principles of this process. A Professional Development Platform is now available to support officers, staff and forces in finding out more and getting involved. "As indicated at the Chiefs' Council meeting last week, proposals for mandated professional development - qualifications attached to supporting promotion in rank (Sergeants – Chief Superintendents) - will continue to be discussed with key stakeholder groups to address the potential content, options around delivery and funding models, and timing."
Tuesday, 31 October:
Following review of deaths in custody video guidance is launched on restraint – Police Professional The NPCC and College of Policing have released a guidance video on applying force in response to a long-awaited report. Dame Elish Angiolini said the ability to de-escalate situations without violence needs to be "paramount" in officers' skill sets, the video is intended to support this by encouraging officers to "take a minute to think" before deciding whether to use force on a violent detainee.
Report urges police to stop holding mentally ill in cells - The Guardian Far-reaching reforms to the police, justice system and health service in England and Wales are needed to reduce the risk of people dying in custody, a long-delayed report has concluded. It is understood special groups have been set up in Whitehall to deal with the fallout of the report, covering police, health, coroners and the IPCC. Long awaited report on custody deaths finally published - Police Oracle (behind paywall) The review makes 110 recommendations – 39 relating to policing – across a wide range of issues, including restraint techniques, healthcare provision, IPCC investigations and post-incident procedures. The NPCC/College video is mentioned. West Mercia PCC John Campion welcomes new report into deaths in police custody – Worcester News The NPCC and College of Policing have launched a video to help officers recognise a medical emergency in custody and act quickly to resolve it. Richard Bennett, College of Policing lead for Uniformed Policing, said: "Every death in police custody is a tragedy, and more so when they are found to have been preventable.
"Today's report is a valuable contribution towards reducing to a minimum the number of deaths following police contact and we will give its findings full consideration. In particular, the experiences of families affected by the tragic deaths highlighted in this report play a central role in shaping its recommendations to inform future improvements in policing.
"The report recognises that there have been reductions in the number of deaths over the past two decades and that this is likely to reflect improved practices, including amongst police officers and staff who care for vulnerable people in police custody.
"The College, with the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC), has been recognised for providing officers and police staff with guidance and learning which has a strong and informed focus on prevention. The report is clear that restraining people who pose a risk of harm to themselves or others is sometimes unavoidable and that, in such cases, the person being restrained can sometimes suffer harm that requires immediate medical attention.
"We are not complacent and know we must continually improve guidance and learning to ensure officers and staff have the skills and knowledge required to support and inform their decision making."
You can read the full College response to the Angiolini Review online.