The College's governance reflects its role as the professional body for everybody in policing and its status as a company limited by guarantee and an Arm's Length Body of the Home Office. It is operationally independent of the Home Office.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Board of Directors

The College Board of Directors is led by an independent chair, Christine Elliot. It also comprises: the College Chief Executive; four independent directors from various sectors; one chief constable; one member of police staff; one member from the Superintendent ranks; one member from the Federated ranks; and one Police and Crime Commissioner.  As the College is currently a company limited by guarantee, as well as an Arm's Length Body of the Home Office, all members of the Board are Company Directors.

The purpose of the College Board is to secure the long-term success of the College of Policing. It sets the strategic direction and the values of the College and ensures that the College meets its obligations to the public, its members, its partners and the Home Secretary, as the sole Member of the company. The Board of Directors bring to bear professional judgement, knowledge and experience from across the different sectors in theory consideration of matters of strategy, performance, risk, financial and human resources and the conduct of College staff.

To see the details of the current Board, see the Board members page.

The Board is supported by three committees: Audit & Risk; Nominations & Remuneration; and the Professional Committee.

Professional Committee

The College Chief Executive chairs the Professional Committee, whose membership comprises representatives of officers and staff of all grades and ranks and PCCs. It makes evidence-based decisions on the service's capability needs and the development of national standards and practice. The Professional Committee supports the Board in defining plans and priorities, working with the College Executive.

For more information, including minutes of committee meetings, see the Professional Committee page.

Executive Directors

The executive leadership team is led by the Chief Executive. The CEO is also the College's Accounting Officer. They are supported in their duties and responsibilities by the team of Executive Directors and is accountable to the College of Policing Board of Directors.

The Executive Directors lead the College, overseeing the operations and management of the organisation. They are responsible for driving the College's achievement of its strategic objectives and creating the culture that enables everybody in the College to meet the standards and principles of The College of Policing Code of Ethics for Policing in England & Wales. They ensure the standards of good governance, decision-making and financial management across the College, including the safeguarding, proper handling and value for money of public funds.

"The College's Regulatory Consultative Group (CRCG)

Chaired by Christine Elliott, a non-executive director of the College Board, the College's Regulatory Consultative Group (the CRCG) supports the Board and the College Executive in discharging their responsibility for preparing Police Regulations, determinations, Codes of Practice and guidance, as set out under Part 10 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (the Act).
The Act requires the College to consult upon and prepare Police Regulations in respect of:

  • The ranks held by police officers and special constables
  • The qualifications required for appointment to and promotion within police forces and special constabulary
  • The period of probation for police officers and special constables
  • The maintenance of personal records of members of police forces and special constabulary
  • Police training
  • The qualifications for deployment to perform particular tasks
  • Police practice and procedure.

While the Act requires the College to consult with the National Crime Agency alone and only on draft Regulations and determinations, the College developed the CRCG to fulfil that requirement and expand its consultation.

Having members of staff associations, unions, the Home Office and other interested parties on the CRCG is intended to ensure that the development of the College's regulations, determinations, Codes of Practice and guidance are of the highest quality."

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