Round-up of police guidance and learning

New guidance and learning has come into place for officers and staff across policing

Police guidance on issues including counter terrorism, female genital mutilation and new powers for PCSOs have been published.

A secure website for ‚ÄčAuthorised Professional Practice (APP), created by us as the official source of professional practice in policing, has also gone live for officers and police staff to sign into.

The aim of APP is to provide a consistent national approach to high-risk areas of policing.
The APP secure site, which includes guidance on counter terrorism, is available to users on the Police National Network (PNN) who must register to access the content.

The secure site can be accessed at: 

We have also published new guidance on the public facing APP website on female genital mutilation (FGM).

It is designed to raise awareness of and demystify the practice of FGM for officers. It includes guidance on how officers can spot the signs of FGM; the reasons why it's practised; how it is carried out; talking to potential victims; using interpreters and the role of the police in tackling FGM.

A new practical guide was published last month to help officers prevent crime and other problems by intervening early to help children and families where things are at risk of going wrong.

We worked with the Early Intervention Foundation to produce a practical guide to help frontline police identify children, young people or families needing support and respond effectively.
It offers advice on the warning signs which could indicate a child, young person or family needs help, including poor living conditions, disengagement from school, domestic abuse, or aggressive and confrontational behaviour.

Changes to the powers of police community support officers (PCSOs) have been outlined in a new booklet  going out to forces across England and Wales this month.

We will be publishing a new operational handbook giving clarity to the role of PCSOs, highlighting good practice and drawing attention to known pitfalls. It will replace the previous Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) guidance published in 2007.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 created additional powers for PCSOs and chief officers should decide which they will grant to PCSOs in their force areas.

These include seizing property; to confirm the identity of a charity collector and issuing fixed penalty notices for parking in a restricted area outside schools; causing unnecessary noise; cycling without lights and carrying a passenger on a cycle.‚Äč

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