Partnership working to protect the public and prevent crime

The College engages with organisations across policing and law enforcement so that they can share and make use of best practice.

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The Police On-Line Knowledge Area (POLKA) is a secure online space for the policing community to share insights, discover ideas and suggest new ways of working. More than 90 organisations, including all police forces in England and Wales, are now signed up. Activity in POLKA is based around a large number of 'communities', and all content is user-generated; members can download practice examples, access evidence and join discussions. POLKA is one way in which the College publishes its formal research papers on policing.

Quality Assurance Management Systems (QAMS) is an online software application designed to manage the quality assurance, business improvement and inspection frameworks used in policing. Forces can upload items of noteworthy practice onto the system, which can then be accessed by all registered users.

Advice and support

Our specialist teams work closely with the police service to develop knowledge and provide advice and support on specific topics including:

We offer capability support to help forces address performance issues, through the deployment of peer support teams and mentoring arrangements.

Sharing information

The National Police Library, housed at Bramshill, contains the foremost collection of policing resources in Europe. It can be used free of charge by all UK police officers and police staff; non-police researchers may also be granted access. Its catalogue can be browsed online.

The College of Policing Digest is a monthly e-publication containing articles on topical and key policing issues, plus summaries of issues related to police law, operational policing practice and criminal justice.

The Police Gazette is another e-publication, available to the UK police service only, which publishes notices of wanted criminals and requests for information.