College of Policing Newsletter, Issue 45 (December 2017)

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 Review of the year 2017

A round up of the biggest stories of the year


In January, we published new national guidance to support police forces in managing the risks around missing person's investigations.

The Authorised Professional Practice (APP) set out important areas which should be considered in missing people cases, which included protecting those at risk, minimising distress to families and carers and prosecuting those who cause harm where there is evidence.

In the same month Special Constabulary officers were offered the chance to attend two new senior leadership training courses being hosted by the College.

The leadership programmes were developed to give those of Chief Inspector rank and above in the Specials the chance to have the same learning and development opportunities as those available to full-time colleagues.


During February it was announced that Hampshire Constabulary's Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney had taken over from Helen King as the Professional Community Chair for Uniformed Policing.

CC Pinkney, who has been the chief in Hampshire since April 2016, said that her priorities were protecting vulnerable people, reducing offending and increasing transparency in policing.

Officers and police staff were also invited to attend a special professional development event to give their expert views about how the College could best support police forces in dealing with vulnerable members of the public.


In March, the College hosted the annual Newsam Memorial Lecture, which this year explored the vital role leaders play in creating a healthy culture in policing.

Officers, staff and College members attended the talk by Dame Carol Black, principal of Newnham College, Cambridge who gave her expert views on the relationship between work and health.

The National Police Library, one of the largest police libraries in the world, re-opened at our Ryton site this month - following a move from Berkshire.

Officers and staff can use the library to access more than 60,000 items including books and a range of other research materials.


Significant changes to the law around police bail came into force across England and Wales at the start of April and we published detailed training materials to help support officers and staff.

The College materials to assist forces with the legislative changes included an online briefing and an FAQ document to outline the main differences regarding the new laws.

National CPD Week was held at the start of this month and as part of this the College highlighted the wide range of materials available to support officers, staff and managers.


It was announced in May that the College Bursary Scheme, which gave dozens of officers and police staff across England and Wales financial support towards their education, was set to re-open for applications later in 2017.

The scheme gives applicants the chance to apply for up to £3,000 a year towards their tuition fees to complete a range of higher education studies.

It was also revealed that more than 10,000 officers and staff from across policing had signed up to College membership since it launched the previous year.


In June we published revised media relations guidance for police forces to help promote openness, transparency and a professional approach to working with the media.

The College's Media Relations Authorised Professional Practice applies to forces in England and Wales and outlines how officers and staff can work with the media for the benefit of the public.

College staff also spoke about the insights they had gained from going out on attachments with police forces across England and Wales to see and hear first-hand about the work of frontline officers and staff.


We asked forces to help us develop new neighbourhood policing guidelines by sending in examples of good work taking place in their local area.

Officers, staff and partner agencies were encouraged to send us case studies, research evidence and details of best practice around neighbourhood policing.


In September, it was announced that the number of officers assaulted at work would be published as part of a release of 'use of force' data.

Forces will be required to publish information on use of force, which will be analysed by the College, to aid public confidence.

In addition, the College released details about the latest domestic abuse training for frontline officers, to help improve their understanding of coercive control. The training, which following an evaluation is now being delivered to officers and staff across England and Wales, features videos, including one from a domestic violence incident and uses body worn video footage of officers responding to a call.


A new Vetting Code of Practice was laid before Parliament by the Home Secretary to improve consistency across 43 police forces during October.

The code aims to bring greater consistency to police vetting and means the same standards will be applied to an applicant regardless of what force they apply to in England and Wales.

In the same month we also published new guidance on outcomes in misconduct proceedings.

The guidance was put in place to help ensure greater consistency around the outcomes of misconduct hearings for officers.


Mike Cunningham QPM was announced as the new College CEO at the beginning of November.

He is a former chief constable of Staffordshire Police and was awarded a Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours list in 2013.

The following week Millie Banerjee CBE was confirmed as the new College of Policing Chair, bringing a wealth of experience from the public and private sector to the role.

November also saw the annual College conference take place in Ryton. This year the event focussed on how innovative ideas are helping policing on a practical 'everyday' basis and featured a range of guest speakers, panel discussions and workshops.


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