Leaders brief Parliament on the work of the College

​Interest in what we are doing is growing among Parliamentarians across the political divide.

Our chair, Professor Dame Shirley Pearce, and CEO, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, sat with MPs and Lords last month to update them on our work.

During the meeting, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Policing, politicians were told how we will have a powerful mandate to set standards of professional practice under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, which is currently going through Parliament.

Dame Shirley outlined our five core areas of responsibility that would focus on setting standards of professional practice; accrediting training providers; developing knowledge of what works; supporting police forces and other organisations to work together to protect the public; and leading on ethics and integrity.

She said a key role for us is to foster relationships between forces and universities to develop an academic research base for policing.

Dame Shirley also told Parliamentarians about our £600,000 of funding which will see officers and staff from 31 police forces work alongside academics in building the research evidence. You can find out about the funding in our press release.

Mr Marshall spoke about how we have been delivering for the front line since we were established just over a year ago. He highlighted a few examples that included:

  • Launching the Authorised Professional Practice (APP) website
  • Developing the draft Code of Ethics for all in policing
  • Launching new e-learning packages to improve police responses in a number of areas from domestic abuse to missing persons
  • Updating guidance on police relationships with the media.

Mr Marshall also outlined how we will be working to help police officers and staff in their responses to domestic violence, stop and search, child sexual exploitation and mental health issues.

MPs and Lords took the opportunity to ask questions on a range of issues, including mental health and policing, membership of the College, the development of evidence-based policing and how we can work with academic institutions abroad.

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