Policing is evolving. In January 2015, the College published an analysis of demand on police services which highlighted changing patterns of crime and public protection. Over the past 10 years, investigating and preventing crime has become more complex, with crimes such as child abuse, domestic violence, cyber crime and terrorism taking up an increasing amount of police time. The analysis also identified changes affecting the future context for police leadership, including economic challenges, shifting demographics, rising citizen expectations, rapid technological advances and the arrival of the internet as a social space. Together, these trends are driving complexity and change at unprecedented rates.
On a national level, policing has had no externally recognised qualifications, no set levels of education and there has been inconsistency across forces. Most importantly, policing has not been formally recognised as a profession.
Policing has incredibly hardworking and dedicated officers and staff who are working at a graduate level now. But that's not recognised in the same way as other professions.
The PEQF has evolved through recommendations from:
PEQF Equality Analysis has been undertaken and continues to be developed.
We’ll continue to update you on our progress. If you have any further questions not answered in the frequently asked questions, please contact us by emailing