College of Policing Newsletter, Issue 24 (December 2015)

January

In January, we published the first ever analysis of demand across police forces. This showed that while police officer numbers had fallen by 11 per cent, an increasing amount of police time is spent on complex public protection work such as managing high-risk offenders and protecting victims. This publication marked the first stages of our ongoing work with individual forces to help them map out and manage the demand on their resources.

We also announced our Police Knowledge Fund, where forces and academic institutions could bid for a share of £10m to fund projects to improve the evidence base of policing.

February

Direct Entry for superintendents opened for the second time.

The programme sees talented and experienced professionals from other sectors join the police at superintendent level following a rigorous selection and training process.

March

Our What Works Centre for Crime Reduction launched its online toolkit, which means forces have an evidence base for what is and isn't effective in fighting crime to help them make more effective decisions.

In addition that month, we published the Disapproved Register, a list of officers ranging in rank from constable to superintendent level who had been dismissed or left their force while they were subject to gross misconduct investigations. The list, compiled using data provided by forces, was done to stop these officers rejoining the police service. The majority of officers were put on the register as a result of a complaint from a colleague, showing officers and police staff are confident in coming forward to report other colleagues.

​April

Our secure website for national police guidance launched for police officers and staff. The aim of Authorised Professional Practice (APP) is to provide a consistent national approach to high-risk areas of policing and forces are expected to have regard to APP in discharging their responsibilities.

The secure site provides Police National Network users with access to specialist policing standards, in addition to the content available on the publically-accessible APP website.

May

We appointed four Professional Community Chairs to act as figureheads for key policing communities crime and criminal justice; uniformed policing; organisational development and international, and professional development and integrity.

Essex Police Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Helen King, Lancashire Constabulary Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes and Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York will help the College connect with its membership and ensure its workload focuses on the issues that will have the biggest impact on the ground. 

June

We published our Leadership Review. This extensive report identified the main challenges facing policing in the coming decade and made ten recommendations for change, including reviewing the existing rank structure and increasing flexibility in assigning powers and legal authorities to police staff. The purpose of the review is to help forces invest in their workforce and help individuals make a full contribution, operate with greater autonomy and exercise their independent professional discretion.

July

​This month marked the first anniversary of our Code of Ethics. The code, a first in policing across England and Wales, sets out nine principles and ten standards of professional behaviour and was laid as a code of practice before Parliament.

August

​In August, we released new national guidance on detention and custody, emphasising the wellbeing and dignity of all those who come into police custody, as well as keeping officers and staff as safe as possible from assault and harm.
We also began a renewed focus on officer safety and the standards of training involved.

September

In September, we launched our new stop and search training trial with six forces to help officers recognise and tackle unconscious bias. The Metropolitan Police Service, Cleveland, Sussex, Thames Valley, Greater Manchester and the British Transport Police have all agreed to be involved.
Later that month, we published new national guidance on domestic abuse, urging officers to see past an individual incident to the pattern of abuse behind it. It also emphasised evidence-led prosecutions rather than relying on victims.

​October

In October, the College’s Chair, Professor Dame Shirley Pearce, launched a debate with officers and staff on the issue of consistency across the service, giving policing practitioners an opportunity to air their views about issues of variability and inconsistency in education and training.

​November

We published its proposal to establish an educational qualifications framework to allow existing officers and staff to have their skills recognised through formal qualifications. The proposals included plans to establish an entry-level degree.

Later in November, we published the results of our year-long trial of body-worn video with the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime – the world's largest trial of the cameras.

December

We announced the results from the National Police Promotions Framework Step Two Inspectors' Legal Examination. More than half – 52 per cent - of those officers who sat the exam passed, an increase on last year’s 43 per cent pass rate.
The NPPF exams were introduced this year and provide a consistent national oversight to the promotion process.

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