30 June 2015

Leadership Open Letter

An open letter signed by representatives from across policing sets out the requirement for leadership in policing, and the way the police operate, to change.

Citing the College of Policing’s Leadership Review, which has been launched today, the letter notes the transformation of the context in which policing is delivered and policing’s shared aim to create an environment in which everyone is able to deliver to their full potential

The full text of the letter and its signatories can be found below:

Those who work in policing deserve the best leadership, professional development and recognition for what they do.

The context in which policing is delivered is transforming: through the speed of change in demand, demographics, citizen expectations, technological advancement and more.

It requires both the leadership of policing, and the way the police operate, to change.

The College of Policing Leadership Review, launched today, sets out 10 clear recommendations for change.

While the details of the proposals remain to be debated, discussed and decided, our shared aim is to create an environment in which everyone in policing is able to deliver to their full potential.

Equipping leaders of the future at all levels of policing with the right skills and knowledge will both develop policing as a profession and deliver the best service to the public.

Shirley Professor Dame Shirley Pearce, Independent chair, College of Policing,

Alex Marshall, CEO, College of Policing

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe,
Commissioner, Metropolitan Police ,

Sara Thornton, Chair, National Police Chiefs Council

Nick Alston, Chair, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Steve White, Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales

Irene Curtis, President, Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales

Mark Polin, Chair, CPOSA

Robin Wilkinson, Chair, College Members Committee Senior Police Staff


The Leadership Review identifies a need to address issues of hierarchy, culture and consistency in policing and makes 10 recommendations for change. It looked at leadership across ranks, grades and roles in policing and is applicable to both officers and staff.

The review recommends offering staff and officersreward and recognition for advanced skills and knowledge. We recommend that the Home Office should consider what amendments to pay and conditions are required to allow professional expertise to be appropriately recognised and rewarded.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offers a way to ensure everyone in policing can keep their skills and knowledge relevant for that changing context, while fulfilling one of the defining requirements of being a recognised profession. There are references to CPD throughout the Leadership Review and the College is developing a national CPD strategy. The strategy’s emphasis is on individuals to take responsibility for their own CPD within frameworks set by the professional body.

More information on the Review.

Become involved in the conversation online by using the hashtag #leadership or tweeting us directly @collegeofpolice 

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