07 August 2017

Media coverage of the College this week

There were a number of media articles mentioning the College published this week. Over the weekend both Mail on Sunday and Buzzfeed website ran stories regarding our pursuits guidance and the Independent published a story with reference to our international training.

Friday, 11 August:

South Yorkshire Police employee accused of exposing himselfYorkshire Evening Post

An employee of South Yorkshire Police has received a written warned after exposing himself outside a row of shops.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "The College of Policing's Code of Ethics defines the standards of behaviour expected of everyone who works in policing, and the Code comprehensively covers a whole range of issues which our employees should consider when making decisions and using their judgement. These issues include honesty and integrity, respect and courtesy, and professional conduct."


Thursday, 10 August:

Lives saved on railway - Police Professional
Officers helped to stop over 600 people killing themselves on the railway last year and helped create guidance on tackling suicides.
British Transport Police has also worked with the College of Policing and other partners to produce guidance on tackling suicides.


Tuesday, 8 August:
New tattoo policy welcomed - Police Professional
Officers have welcomed the new appearance standards published by the College.

A College of Policing spokesperson said: "The College has this week published new national guidance to help forces across England and Wales to take a consistent approach to appearance standards for officers and staff.

"The document aims to provide a clear and comprehensive guidance on appearance to present a professional image, achieve and maintain standards and also allow for a level of self-expression."

You can read the guidance on the College website.


Over the weekend:

Mayor wants new law to protect police - BuzzFeed (online)
Sadiq Khan wants a new law to protect the police from prosecution or sanctions if moped pursuits go wrong.

Moped thieves show off on Instagram – Mail on Sunday
Officers blame pursuit guidance for preventing them from catching thieves.

In response the College issued the following statement:

Chief Constable Alex Marshal, College of Policing CEO, said: "There are circumstances when police can and will catch criminals using mopeds and motorcycles. High speed pursuits of motorcycles carry high risks and there will be times when these risks of serious injury or loss of life outweigh the benefits of immediate pursuit. The arrest of such criminals may follow later when the risks are lower.
"The police have always had to balance the risks of an immediate action with safer action later on. The important thing is that the public are not put at unnecessary risk and criminals are caught and brought to justice."

PM refuses to condemn Saudi executions – The Independent (online)
Britain has helped train Saudi police, while the PM refuses to challenge Saudi on executions.

In response we issued the following statement to clarify the College's position:

A College of Policing spokesperson said: "The College ensures that all the overseas assistance it provides complies with human rights and is guided by our Code of Ethics.  
"Decisions about the provision of UK policing assistance overseas must reconcile the difficulties of working with countries whose standards of human rights may be at odds with our own with the opportunity to address national security concerns, help to protect UK citizens overseas and contribute to reform in those countries.
"Before undertaking any international work the College refers to advice from various government departments through the International Police Assistance Board, which consists of policing representatives and those of the Foreign andCO, Home Office, MOD, DFID and devolved administrations. The board assesses all requests for assistance against British values and interests, including Overseas Security and Justice Assistance guidance and human rights assessments. For countries where Human Rights compliance may be of concern the College complete a full Overseas Security and Justice Assistance Human Rights Assessment and, where necessary, gain ministerial approval."

Read the FAQ for further details on the College's work in international training.


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