National CPD

National CPD comprises topics for development relevant to everyone working in policing and is intrinsically linked to national policing priorities. The topics are aimed at supporting learning and behavioural change.

​The three topics of National CPD for 2017/8 are:

• Personal responsibility for CPD
• Personal resilience and wellbeing
• Leadership



CPD should be valued as a core lifelong learning strategy that ensures you meet the competency requirements of your role, that you are able to maintain these and that you continually seek further enhancement of your competence throughout your career. CPD will help you to gain new skills and knowledge and keep up to date with the latest trends. CPD also demonstrates your commitment, competence and professionalism, enhances your professional credibility and improves how you adapt to change.

CPD does not have to be time-consuming or costly and can form part of your daily work routine, for example, attending an incident you have not been to before or chairing a meeting for the first time. Reflecting on how this experience has contributed to your professional development and what new skills or behaviours you have learnt (and can evidence) is the most valuable part of CPD.

National CPD is not compulsory but it is expected that both forces and individuals will give due regard and consideration to its relevance and appropriateness in determining both force and individual CPD plans.

The College has collated a number of supporting resources* that will enable you to maximise your professional development as part of your ongoing commitment to CPD. 

*Supporting resources are solely for information purposes only.  The College of Policing does not endorse or support of any of the linked information, services, products, or providers. These links are provided as reference material to help users identify and locate other resources that may be of interest. The College does not assume responsibility for the accuracy or appropriateness of the information contained within such sites or the resources listed. Please note that users are responsible for independently verifying any and all information and are fully responsible for any consequences resulting from their use. It is the responsibility of the individual to be aware of any terms and conditions associated with them.  Please be aware that external sites may contain computer viruses, mal-ware or other programs or materials from outside sources that may be transferred or copied to your system. In no event will the College be liable for any loss or damage resulting from the use of external resources. 

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