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About us

Welcome to the professional body for policing. We're working to find the best ways to deliver policing in an age of austerity. We invite you to get involved and support the development of an evidence-based profession.

The police service faces a series of challenges - from the transformational change that police forces must make to deliver savings and reduce crime, to the increasing complexity of the threats to national security, public safety and public order.

We're helping to meet these challenges. Operating in the public interest, we're an authoritative voice in policing, continually reviewing how it supports the police service.

For information about our current activities, see the What we do section. You can also download frequently asked questions about us.

We intend to be a not-for-profit membership organisation, and will aim to achieve chartered status. Members will be fully involved in all aspects of College work.

We will have a mandate to set standards in professional development, including codes of practice and regulations, to ensure consistency across the 43 forces in England and Wales. We also have a remit to set standards for the police service on training, development, skills and qualifications, and we will provide maximum support to help the service implement these standards.

A fundamental development within the College is the use of knowledge and research to develop an evidence-based approach to policing. We are hosting the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, which involves collaboration with academics and a university consortium. We will also take a coordinating role across the country, commissioning research and setting up regional networks, so that universities, further education colleges and police forces can work together to learn from best practice.

The British model of policing by consent is admired right across the world. We will help to create the best conditions to sustain and enhance that model.

College of Policing Limited is a company registered in England and Wales, with registered number 8235199 and VAT registered number 152023949.

Our registered office is at College of Policing Limited, Leamington Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3EN.

Background

The creation of a new policing professional body was announced by the Home Secretary in December 2011. Representatives from the Police Federation, the Superintendents' Association, ACPO and UNISON worked with the Home Office to create the College, ensuring that it represents the police service's desires and aspirations.

As soon as Parliamentary time allows, the College of Policing will be established as a statutory body, independent of government. While the necessary legislation is prepared, the College has been established as a company limited by guarantee.

House of Commons Home Affairs Committee

In July 2013 the Home Affairs Committee (HAC) published a report, Leadership and standards in the police, which contained a number of recommendations relevant to the College. In October 2013 we submitted our response to those recommendations.