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: Britons comfortable with tattooed police officers - iNewsEarlier this month, the Police Federation announced that their campaign for the acceptance of tattooed police officers was met with success – a decision that's sure to get the thumbs-up from a sizeable majority of the publicTimes maybe be changing, as proven by the new appearance standards guidelines by the College of Policing. Report finds police need to be more active on social media – BBC NewsResearch from Cardiff University has found that police forces often have a fragmented approach to social media and need to improve how it is used to gather information to solve crimes.The Open Source Communications Analytics Research Centre (Oscar) is led by Cardiff University and funded by the College of Policing.Dr Nicky Miller, research evidence partnerships manager at the College of Policing, said: "We recognise that the nature of demand on the police service has changed rapidly over recent years and it is vital that we ensure officers have the digital skills and training needed to meet this challenge and provide the best service for the public."The college is equipping people with the skills to investigate crimes with a digital element and as well as developing a cyber-crime investigation manual we have to date trained 1,700 digital media investigators."
Police Supers conference warned of 'perfect storm' of funding shortages and new challenges – Police Oracle (behind paywall)Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas warned of threats to policing and urged officers to work with the College of Policing and the Police Federation to ensure the police service is designed to meet the upcoming challenges.
Friday, 1 September:
Less than 120 non-white officers working in the whole of Wales - Wales OnlineFigures have shown that just one in 60 officers in Wales come from an ethnic minority amid claims they are not representative of their community.A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys Police said it was working with the College of Policing as part of its BME Progression 2018 Programme.
Thursday, 31 August:
Officers tell Police Federation they feel underpaid - Police ProfessionalA survey of some officers has shown they also feel undervalued. Chairman Steve White said the HMIC, College of Policing and forces must put a greater emphasis on improving officer morale.
Chief Constable Alex Marshall, College of Policing CEO, said: "The people who work in policing spend a lot of their time protecting and supporting people who are vulnerable. "They often face dangerous and demanding situations so it is right to be proud of our police workforce and be concerned for their welfare."Officers and staff signed up to the College's membership already have access to coaching, mentoring and advice on development and wellbeing. "Earlier this year we were awarded £7.5m from the Police Transformation Fund to develop a national service for police welfare."Later this year the College will publish new guidance for forces to manage psychological stress for those working in high risk areas such as firearms, counter terrorism and child sexual exploitation. "We look forward to working with colleagues across the service towards national provision of a welfare service for officers and staff."
Wednesday, 30 August:
Survey finds officers feel undervalued and have low morale – Evening StandardThe Police Federation poll of 30,000 officers found many were demoralised and an increased number were planning to leave the service.The Home Office said the welfare of the police workforce was of paramount importance and chief officers, supported by the College of Policing, were responsible for providing help and support.
Morale drops as survey finds officers are feeling the strain – Police Professional (behind paywall)More than three quarters also raised concerns about Direct Entry initiatives, with 82 per cent claiming that direct entry at inspector rank would have a negative impact on policing.However, the number of officers who feel proud to be in policing has increased, from 61 per cent to 65 per cent.PFEW chair Steve White said: "Every police force, HMIC and the College of Policing must now place greater emphasis on working together to improve police officer morale, welfare and wellbeing before it is too late."
Tuesday, 29 August:
Forces struggling to cope with calls on mental health issues – The GuardianSenior officers say police are picking up pieces for other agencies due to rise levels of demand.Insp Michael Brown, mental health coordinator for the College of Policing, said police had become better at recording such calls but this could not account for the big rise. "We know there is more demand on NHS mental health services and their funding has been cut," he said."We know that there has been a 60% increase in referrals to NHS mental health crisis teams but these services have had a cut in their funding."
Metropolitan Police received a phone call relating to mental health every five minutes last year, figures show – The Times (behind paywall)Forces swamped by called on mental health – with the Met receiving 115,000 calls every year.People in crisis are increasingly turning to police because they cannot access professional help, the College of Policing warned.
Evidence-based policing reducing crime in South Africa - Daily Maverick (South Africa)The South African Police Service has increased capability to tackle violent and organised crime.The force held a workshop Devon and Cornwall Police officers from the UK and a representative of the College of Policing for England and Wales.