College of Policing Annual Conference 2015

12 November 2015
Managed By: Kay Elson


​The theme for this year's conference is For Better Policing, based on the College's five strategic objectives. The conference has been designed to look at how policing can become even better at serving its local communities.

The conference committee drew upon suggestions from members when devising the proposed agenda. Please note that the agenda and speakers are yet to be fully confirmed.

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0915-1000 - Registration

1000 - 1010 :- Welcome
Chief Constable Alex Marshall, College CEO.

1000 - 1040 :- Better Standards 'Are inconsistencies undermining police professionalism?’
Professor Pearce will reveal the results of her consultation with police officers and staff about how inconsistencies in policing across England and Wales affects them, their work and their development.

1040 - 1100 :- Break

1100 - 1145 :- Better Partnerships 'The power of partnership'
Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, will join College Director, Rachel Tuffin, to explore how powerful partnerships can bring benefits for those working in policing.

1145 - 1215 :- Better Professionals ‘Academic recognition for officers and staff’
Dr Sam Peach, from the College, will unveil a programme of work to establish a qualification framework for policing and a future consultation which may result in constables/practitioners being qualified to graduate level and superintendents/senior managers being qualified to Masters level.

1215 – 1310 Lunch

1310 - 1340 + 1350 – 1420 Workshops

1430 – 1500 :- Better Evidence ‘How does the evidence base shape national police guidance?’
Nerys Thomas, the College’s Knowledge, Research and Practice Lead, will take delegates on a journey explaining how the evidence base of ‘what works’ will underpin national police guidance, known as Authorised Professional Practice.

1500 – 1520 Break 

1520 – 1550 :- Better Decisions – panel discussion
Delegates will be invited to join CC Steve Kavanagh, ACC Helen King, ACC Andy Rhodes, CC Giles York and guests to debate the hot topics and key issues that have been identified to them in their role as Professional Community Chairs.

1550 - 1600 :- Close – Chief Constable Alex Marshall


A) College Membership & the Professional Communities

Join the College Membership Team and the four Professional Community Chairs (CC Stephen Kavanagh, ACC Helen King, CC Giles York and DCC Andy Rhodes) to find out what being a member means and how members can influence policing and the work of the College through the Professional Communities.

B) Top 10 things you need to know about evidence based policing

Find out how you can use an evidence base to support your work regardless of your rank, grade or role.
The reach of this knowledge can impact on decision making ranging from strategies set by Police and Crime Commissioners, to operational decisions by Chief Inspectors and actions by those on the frontline of policing.

C) The Leadership Review

The review – which is not just about leaders at the most senior ranks and grades - has been called a ‘game-changer’ for policing. It outlines how the service will need to change to meet future demands, including a review of the rank and grade structure, it calls for better recognition and development of the skills which officers and staff already have and the need to have more flexible career pathways.

D) Routes into policing

Direct Entry broke with 180 years of policing tradition to bring fresh perspectives into the service with a group of new police officers who joined at the rank of superintendent rather than police constable.
You can hear from those who are leading on Direct Entry and changing the routes into policing through other programmes such as Fast Track and Police Now.

E) Evaluating the evidence base – be worried if…

Not all research is good research. Some studies will make lots of claims that they may not be able to back up with the evidence and that some people take at face value. This masterclass will help you get behind these claims and separate the ‘evidence wheat’ from the ‘evidence chaff’.



A) The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction

The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction uses academic research to reduce crime. You can find out if there is research in your area of expertise and discover how to use it.

B) College of Policing Membership

An online website is being developed for officers and staff to track their professional development and book training, events and workshops to help them progress. The membership team will be on hand to give delegates a first-look at how it will all work.

C) The Work of the College of Policing Faculties

Faculty leads from the College can explain what the professional body is doing in areas including uniformed policing, organisational development, crime and criminal justice, professional development and integrity.

Contact Details

​To book your space at the College of Policing's Annual Conference 2015, please download and return the booking form.  

Only members of the College of Policing members hub POLKA community are eligible to apply for members’ tickets priced at £30.00 inc VAT – these tickets are offered for exclusive use by the member; members cannot purchase reduced price tickets for use by non-members. Members’ tickets are strictly limited to one ticket per member. You may buy additional tickets at the full price of £60.00 inc VAT.
To receive a discounted ticket you must be a member of this College of Policing members’ hub POLKA community when you apply. Anyone purchasing a full price ticket who later becomes a member of this community will not be eligible for a partial refund retrospectively. It is important that you request the correctly priced ticket at the time of your application as errors cannot be rectified afterwards.

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