What does the College do?

It's not surprising that, after just 12 months in operation, this is still a common question.

We are a new concept in policing. We are here to build on policing as a profession.

College CEO, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, sums up our purpose when he says: "As the professional body for all who work in policing, everything we do will be in the public interest, based on the best available evidence and will support the integrity, leadership and continuous professional development of all our members and police forces working in policing in England and Wales."

The ways in which we intend to improve policing are outlined in our Strategic Intent, which we published in September.

Here are our five core areas of responsibility and what they mean for policing:

  • Setting standards - a national database of guidance drawn up from the best evidence and research, Authorised Professional Practice (APP), is now publicly available online. This vital frontline reference tool is designed to be easy to access and use out on patrol as well as in the office. It is continuing to grow and will become even more comprehensive over time.
  • Accrediting training providers - this allows officers and staff to continually develop, from the earliest point of their careers and the pre-joining Certificate in Knowledge of Policing, throughout all the ranks and specialist roles in policing all the way to the skills and knowledge needed to become a senior leader in policing.
  • Promoting evidence-based good practice and supporting partnership working - our research team works with universities, academics and others to establish what works best in policing and draws from other forces across the world. Our Research Map shows what is already happening across England and Wales. The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction will continue to develop this valuable evidence base.
  • Leading on ethics and integrity - the Code of Ethics, a national 'struck off list', register of chiefs' pay, gifts, hospitality and business interests are all being introduced for the first time by us, in consultation with the representatives for the whole police service. Trials of body-worn video will also be carried out to examine officer behaviour and the impact this has on integrity. Earlier research suggests video cameras can significantly reduce public complaints and the police use of force.

For the public, we will:

  • set and share standards so you know what to expect from your interactions with police
  • support access to the best available evidence so officers in your area know what works.

We will also listen to your views about the College and act on them.

Read about our CEO and Chair on the Our people page.

This article appears in the January 2014 edition of our newsletter.

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