Professional Committee

Chaired by the College’s Chief Executive, the Professional Committee is a core part of the College’s infrastructure. It has representation from across policing including PCCs and the various staff associations.

The Professional Committee is a committee of the College's Board of Directors. It has delegated authority from the Board, as defined in its Terms of Reference. It oversees national standard setting for the police profession on behalf of the Board and supports the College's wider strategic objectives as defined within its Five year Strategy.

The Committee provides scrutiny and advice to ensure that national standards are based on the best possible evidence, drawing on good practice across all sectors. It promotes an inclusive and consultative approach to the development of national standards and is committed to working with other public service providers to improve multi-agency working and deliver better outcomes for the public.


  • The College's Chief Executive (Chair): Mike Cunningham (CEO)

  • The Chairs of Professional Communities: CC Olivia Pinkney, CC Giles York and CC Andy Rhodes

  • National Police Chiefs' Council: AC Martin Hewitt and 2 other NPCC nominated representatives

  • Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales: Paul Griffiths

  • Police Federation of England and Wales: Alex Duncan, David Bamber and Hayley Aley

  • Police and Crime Commissioners: Stephen Mold

  • Police Staff Trade Unions: Debi Potter

  • Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers: Ian Miller

  • Chief Police Officers' Staff Association: Jane Harwood

College of Policing Professional Communities

The College has three Professional Communities which are aligned to its faculty structure covering:

  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Uniformed Policing
  • Professional Development and Integrity

Each community comprises networks of practitioners from across and beyond policing, including the academic, public, private and third sectors who support the College to develop national standards and improve professional practice. Communities also provide a forum for practitioners to share practice and engage in online discussion and debate about issues relevant to their areas of work.

The Chair of each Professional Community plays a vital role in supporting the College to connect with its membership and represent their communities and public interest at the College's Professional Committee and wider forums.

Input from our members across our professional communities helps ensure College work focuses on:

  • The most pressing professional development needs facing officers and staff across policing
  • New and recurring areas of public concern and what the profession can do to address them
  • Where practice might be improved through the provision of clear standards and guidance or where other mechanisms might be more appropriate.

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