We have now completed one year as the new professional body for policing. I am very grateful for all the support I have received from across the service in my role as CEO of the College of Policing. We are here for everyone in policing and our success relies on all members of the service feeling involved and supported by us.
All of our work in the first year has been the result of co-production with others. We have set up the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, working with a consortium of academics from across England and Wales. The Centre will tackle the big issues where the public will benefit from a strong evidence-based approach. Domestic abuse is one of the first areas where the Centre will focus, to establish the evidence of what prevents this damaging crime. Some of the best evidence will come from forces tackling local issues. Through the use of an innovation fund in recent weeks, we are supporting several forces to work with local universities in researching important policing problems.
Most national guidance, Authorised Professional Practice (APP), is now online and can be viewed on any device with internet access. The APP site will grow and improve but is already proving popular and useful to practitioners in all forces. Through analysing the "hits"on the site, we get to understand what our members want to know about. While many of those on the front line of policing are aware of APP and other services we offer, we have a long way to go in connecting the professional body to the practitioners who make up the largest group within the service.
A few months ago we recruited 25 frontline champions, who stay in their force but dedicate their time to making the connection between those at the front end and their new professional body. So far it is proving highly valuable in hearing what our future members want and communicating what we already have to offer. In this newsletter PC Dan Reynolds, one of the practitioners, talks about his work with the College. We were going to run this scheme until the end of March but its success means we are looking to extend it into the summer.
As we mature as a profession, we need to have a number of disciplines to mark us out. A code of ethics is adhered to, individual accreditation is hard to achieve, and highly valued and continuous professional development (CPD) is a requirement to stay "current". We are working with the service on each of these areas. The draft Code of Ethics attracted more than 3,500 responses in the public consultation, with the vast majority supporting the code. We published a national curriculum for policing as the first step to setting out CPD for all in policing. We are working with local forces and those with specialist knowledge to set clear standards on when accreditation is required and how it can be maintained. Examples include the introduction of accreditation for those authorising undercover operations, and work to recognise the skills required to work in the field of domestic abuse. We do all these things in the knowledge that budgets are reducing and time for bureaucracy is very limited.
Please take the time to read this newsletter, it is full of useful information for everyone who works in policing or has an interest in the police succeeding at protecting the public. Tell us what you do and don't like and what you want to see more or less of. We are up for challenge and will work with you as we pursue professionalism and public trust.