Officers and staff across England and Wales have begun joining the College
The 1,000th member of the College of Policing was signed up this week. Our initial membership offer was launched in April and officers and police staff were invited to sign up ahead of the introduction of formal membership later this year. About 90 people are signing up each week to the Members’ Room on POLKA where there is a host of information on membership.
Those who join this new community will also be among the first to be invited to register on the new membership platform, when it goes live. Later this year officers and staff will be able to sign on to the new membership online platform where they will be able to update and manage their personal profile, maintain records of continuous professional development and have access to the broad range of services and products already provided by the College. We pledged in our Five Year Strategy to subsidise individual membership fees for those working in police forces in England and Wales for as long as it is possible to do so. We went out to the service earlier this year to ask officers and staff to join our first ever Members' Committee which will be responsible for helping to develop membership of the College. Today we can announce the successful candidates who will sit on the committee. They will meet three times a year and have been drawn from across policing. The members are: 1. Dave Spencer – Chief Inspector with Northants Police2. Jamie Hobday – Inspector with West Midlands Police3. Phillip Mills – Detective Inspector with Northants Police4. Daniel Reynolds – Sergeant with Cheshire Police5. Scott Green – Superintendent with South Yorkshire6. Gareth Stubbs – Sergeant on Secondment to the College from Lancashire Police7. Martyn Slingsby – Inspector from Humberside Police8. Luke Entwistle – Sergeant from MPS9. Mark Nottage – Chief Superintendent on Secondment to the Home Office – Emergency Services Mobile Communication Programme10. Emily Wilson – Project Manager with West Yorkshire Police11. Russell Hughes – Inspector with South Yorkshire Police12. Karl Thurogood – Police Federation of England and Wales13. Carol Nobbs - Unison14. Craig Guildford – Chief Police Officers Staff Association15. Kevin Purcell – Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales The Chair is Robin Wilkinson – non-executive Director of the College of Policing and HR Director of the Metropolitan Police Service. Fiona Eldridge, Head of Membership for the College of Policing, said:
"I'm very pleased to welcome our first 1,000 members and those who have joined our first Members' Committee. “The committee will have a direct influence on shaping the benefits of being a member of the College.
"We recruited from across the police service to give us a wide spectrum of ideas and input that will ensure the College works to support officers and staff across England and Wales in carrying out their duties and contributing to their personal and professional development. "This is part of a phased approach to membership and we have been working with those in policing to define membership categories. The first is policing professionals, which includes all officers and staff, including PCSOs and Specials.”