Uniformed Policing Faculty – Who are we and what do we do

Richard Bennett

Head of Faculty - Richard Bennett

Richard overseas the work of the faculty and liaises with other parts of the College to maximise the use of joint resources.

Richard is the College Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the Strategic Policing Review, the National Police Coordination Centre and the Police National CBRN Centre.

Paul Quinton

Evidence and Evaluation Advisor (Developing the Evidence Base) - Paul Quinton

Paul provides support across the faculty (and other parts of the College) to establish the evidence base to support practice, guidance and curriculum development. Paul encourages research by academic and police practitioners into subjects relevant to the faculty, and continues to support research in a number of areas.

Stop and search: Leading a multi-site randomised controlled trial of stop and search training, and related research that explore is implementation and tests its impact on officers' knowledge, attitudes and behaviour; Leading analysis that explores the impact of stop and search on crime in London.

Procedural and organisational justice: Developing and disseminating evidence on how the police can promote the sorts of behaviours that are associated with improved perceptions of policing encounters and police legitimacy.

Mental health: Leading a Rapid Evidence Assessment on police communication and interviewing in support of College guidance and training standards. Supporting 'Connect', a project on mental health and policing led by the University of York and funded by the Police Knowledge Fund.

Use of force: Providing advice to the NPCC working group on the recording of police use of force incidents.

In addition, Paul provides research advice to forces on a wider range of uniformed policing subjects (including problem-solving, neighbourhood policing, early interventions, public confidence and satisfaction), and is the College member on the British Society of Criminology's Policing Network steering group.

Clive Brooks

Police Standards Manager for Joint Operations - Clive Brooks

Joint Operations is a small team of subject matter experts who support the national work to ensure an effective response to major incidents involving the police and other agencies.

Disaster Victim Identification (DVI): This includes the development of standards, training and accreditation in DVI. The College has debriefed and ensured lessons were learned from numerous incidents, most recently the UK Response to the loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 as well as mass fatality multi-agency exercises. This has informed the work to fundamentally review the DVI curriculum including core DVI courses and the development of CPD for DVI managers. A new Casualty Bureau Managers course has also recently been developed.

Civil Contingencies and Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP): The College is working with NPCC, the Cabinet Office and other partners to conduct a review of the APP for civil contingencies and is actively involved in the transition arrangements for JESIP. The team also work with the command trainer for Multi Agency Gold Incident Command training to ensure that the course’s development is consistent with civil contingencies guidance and curriculum.

Operational Planning and Debriefing: The team provide training and support to forces to ensure that they have the skills to plan properly for major public events and can derive important learning from such operations and exercises.

Police Standards Manager for Local Policing – Jim Lunn

Jim is a seconded Superintendent from Bedfordshire Police and has responsibility for Local Policing which includes being the College point of contact for Troubled Families, Children & Young Persons, Stop and Search and Roads Policing. Jim works closely with the NPCC in the delivery of work in these areas, and is more widely responsible for overseeing the delivery of current work within his portfolio which are listed below.

Neighbourhood Policing

Jim is currently leading on a new piece of work to develop Authorised Professional Practice (APP) on the effective elements of Neighbourhood Policing. A new process is being used to develop the APP, and this includes the involvement of a group of academics, experts and practitioners whose role is to produce practice guidelines based on existing evidence of what works. The Guideline Committee charged with developing the work will look to publish a draft for consultation in December 2017 with a view to final publication in April 2018.

Demand Reduction – Lin McGrath

Linda supports forces to develop and share best practice to manage demand more effectively through the delivery of Regional Demand Reduction events which have proved extremely popular and effective over the last year. She also advises and supports forces who are developing promising initiatives to ensure any new techniques adapt a problem solving and evidenced based approach to demand reduction, utilising POLKA and other methods of communication to ensure best practise is shared.

Citizens in Policing – Ed Barnard

Ed represents the College in respect of the ongoing development of the Citizens in Policing Portfolio, with specific responsibility in policy areas pertaining to the Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteers. He works closely with forces and a wide range of key stakeholders to outline and maintain national standards and, wherever practicable, to promote a nationally consistent approach to the utilisation of volunteers, highlighting interesting and innovative practice. Ed works closely with the NPCC lead and represents the College at a number of meeting forums nationwide, as well as at conferences and events.

Mental Health - Inspector Michael Brown

Following the release of the Authorised Professional Practise and Mental Health training on 10th October 2016, Michael is currently working with forces to embed the products to assist with local delivery. Another key work stream is the delivery of guidance for the use of police and other agencies regarding the use of force in mental health settings – this was published in January 2017. Michael has established a strong network with officers and professionals working in the mental health field, and he speaks regularly at conferences as a representative of the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs' Council.

Brian Davies

Police Standards Manager for Specialist Operations - Brian Davies

Specialist Operations are responsible for the guidance and curriculum for the use of firearms, less lethal options and public order.

Brian is also the College single point of contact for mounted policing, police dogs Unmanned Aerial Systems and police interoperability.

Firearms: The College has been commissioned to undertake a review of the Codes of Practice on the Police use of Firearms and Less Lethal Weapons. The College also works with the National Police Chiefs' Council Coordinating Committee to ensure that the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum and annual command training are updated to reflect the necessary operational response to emerging threats. The College is also working on a revision of the Handbook of Police Range Safety including a consolidation of MOD guidance into a College owned product to support range licensing. The College also facilitates practitioner working groups and several POLKA communities that enable practitioners to share working practices and experience across various firearms disciplines to inform curriculum development and licensed training programmes.

Licensing Firearms Training and Ranges: The College also licence forces to deliver firearms training in line with the national curriculum and licence forces to use firearms ranges to conduct much of the training.

Conducted Electricity Device (CED): Work has begun in preparation for the future roll out of a new CED following the discontinuance of the current TASER manufactured device. This is likely to involve a wider review of CED use given the high level of press and public interest. The College will play a vital role in revising guidance and developing the training curriculum for whichever device is selected.

Public Order (PO): The College is working on identifying the resources to support the revision of the PO APP agreed by national business area lead last year. The College also works with the National Police Chiefs' Council Coordinating Committee to ensure that the National Public Order Training Curriculum and annual command training are updated to reflect the necessary operational response to protest and public safety events. The College is working on a restructure and comprehensive review of PO modules across the curriculum and will review the guidance for Police Liaison and Evidence Gathering Teams. Curriculum maintenance support will be provided to assist forces with the introduction of this revised programme. The College is engaging with dog and mounted national working groups to produce new modules in relation to command of these assets within a public order context. Public Order medic training has been reviewed and for the first time national guidance has been published in relation to minimum equipment requirements. The College facilitates several POLKA communities that enable practitioners to share working practices and experiences across various public order disciplines.

Licensing PO Training: The College also licences forces to deliver PO training in line with the national curriculum. A review is being undertaken in relation to the assessment criteria for command training up to and including Silver level. The College works with the lead for public order to ensure that emerging trends identified from the national Public Order Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment and other thematic learning areas are reflected in licensed training programmes.

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