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:
For the public, we will:
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.