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POLKA - Online Collaboration

POLKA (the Police OnLine Knowledge Area) is a secure online collaboration tool for the policing community to network, ask questions, share insights, discuss ideas and suggest new ways of working.

Content is user-generated and users can join communities to network, share documents, discuss best practice, suggest new ways of working, ask questions, and learn from others. POLKA displays information as it is posted, enabling access to the latest discussions and keeping users up-to-date on current issues.

Over 100 organisations have access to POLKA, including all 43 police forces. Every month there are more than 400 new discussions with over 70,000 views and over 40,000 documents downloaded.

Communities on POLKA

There are over 250 communities on POLKA, all managed and moderated by specialist practitioners, for example, firearms, police dogs, forensics, criminal justice and other policing areas.

Knowledge Bank

This is the central POLKA community, focused on increasing the evidence-base in policing and crime reduction. It includes research, practice initiatives, a horizon-scanning wiki and an active discussion forum for practitioners and decision-makers. Other POLKA communities are encouraged to collaborate with the Knowledge Bank by sharing documents.

Register to access POLKA

You can join POLKA if you have access to the Police National Network (PNN) or if you are on selected GSi (Government Secure intranet) networks.

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