National CPD Week 2017 - Community Chairs

The Professional Committee oversees national standard setting for the profession of policing, and the Community Chairs are a vital part of it. We asked them for their thoughts ahead of CPD Week 2017.

The College has four Professional Communities, in line with its faculty structure:

Each community is represented by a Community Chair. The Chair of each community plays a vital role in supporting the College to connect with its membership and represent their communities and public interest at the Committee and wider forums. 

Personal responsibility for CPD is one of the three themes of National CPD. CC Stephen Kavanagh of Essex Police is Crime and Criminal Justice Chair talks about the importance of CPD and how we must challenge ourselves if we are to adapt to the challenges we face.



Personal resilience and wellbeing is another theme of National CPD. CC Andy Rhodes of Lancashire Constabulary and Organisational Development Chair at the Professional Committee gives us an update on the important work going on in the important area.

​My name is Andy Rhodes. My day job is as Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary and I am also the NPCC lead for wellbeing & staff engagement. I work very closely with the College of Policing and sit on their professional committee as the Community Chair for organisational development. As you can see, I'm very interested in the people side of policing, and in particular the wellbeing of our people.

So, what have we been doing to support your wellbeing? Firstly, we have worked with HMIC, APCC and public health partners to embed wellbeing as a priority so that it is included when forces are inspected and scrutinised. This is important because wellbeing cuts across so many different aspects of organisational activity, and we can't afford to miss the connections and fail to join up the dots.

Secondly our research shows us that wellbeing is affected by leadership, culture and resilience. Our work requires us to engage in some of the highest emotional effort of any profession and if we want to really understand how to improve we need the evidence. The College has worked with a range of experts from across academia and health to provide every force with the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework, the first evidence based self-assessment tool for law enforcement. All forces are now accessing the framework through our Oscar Kilo web portal and there are lots of useful resources in the POLKA health and wellbeing community.

We have more research being done into trauma led by Dr. Jess Miller, and the links to neuroscience, all funded by the amazing Police Dependants' Trust. We have our national conference in March 2018 where we will be sharing the latest research and also an assessment of the gaps we are identifying as well as the good practice coming out of self-assessments.

With the College we are planning capability workshops to generate a real sense of collaboration and innovation specifically in relation to wellbeing. We have also set up task and finish groups to look at 1st line manager training and peer group practice.

So, to get involved go to POLKA, get connected, and start asking who is leading on all this in your force. We need your help to shape our work and also to help us get the message out that we are serious about your wellbeing and we won't rest until all our people believe us and trust us to put them first.

Leadership is the third theme of National CPD. CC Giles York, Community Chair for Professional Development talks about the evolution of CPD in policing, the power of unexpected learning events and how professional development occurs whether we acknowledge it or not.


Finally, in a follow up to the CPD Week 2016 event that he attended, CC York offers his reflections in this blog.

​With this being CPD week, and, in light of the first recommendation from the College of Policing's Leadership Review, I joined with colleagues attending a Chief Constables' CPD Event in London.

This is the second such time a group of us have met around a structured agenda for the day…but what was different this time was more unstructured time for open discussion.

When I address professional courses, such as PIP Level 4 Investigators' Course, I describe 3 levels of learning, which I describe as:

- Learning from books – what is the best current thinking of our profession and how do we form a view of how it affects our day to day working;

- Learning from each other – listening to the experiences of others and, often, learning from the mistakes they have made, as it is all too easily done;

- Learning about ourselves – what is it about our behaviours and actions that affect others positively and negatively, this is sometimes the most valuable learning.

My day included all three elements having the benefit of fascinating, relevant and expert input on policing and social issues; hearing and sharing experiences in the role of chief constable and finding similarities and differences; and also being lucky enough to have neighbouring chiefs with me let us approach it as a regional team….really relevant for the emerging Networked Policing concepts.

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