Licensing Framework

The College's licensing framework simplifies and standardises the way the College provides content to Home Office police forces, wider law enforcement organisations, and other government bodies as well as commercial organisations and individuals.

The framework allows the College to achieve a balance between content that is freely available to the public for reuse and content where its use is limited and controlled.

There are broadly four types of copyright licences under the framework:

  • Non-Commercial College licence – generally for published, freely available content.
  • Consolidated licence – used predominantly to provide free licences to Home Office police forces as well as some wider law enforcement organisations and government bodies on a licence fee basis.
  • Short form licence – used to grant permission to support ad hoc requests from individuals or organisations wishing to use specific content (or extracts thereof) for a specific purpose e.g. to use the College logo or to include extracts of content in a novel they are writing. 
  • Commercial licence – used where College intellectual property is being commercialised.  See Licensing Opportunities for further information.

The College also sometimes utilises the Open Government Licence v3.0 for content that is publically available for free use and re-use by anyone, for all purposes, both commercially and non-commercially.

For further information, please contact the Copyright and Licensing team by email: Copyright&

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