Our Professional Community Chairs want to hear from you

Your chance to get in touch with the College’s Professional Community Chairs to tell us what we need to prioritise

​Police officers and staff are invited to get in touch with the College of Policing's new Professional Community Chairs.

The four non-executive chairs were appointed earlier this year to represent each of the professional communities across the College and work is ongoing to help them to speak directly to police professionals.

They are:

  • Stephen Kavanagh, Chief Constable for Essex Police - Crime and Criminal Justice Professional Community Chair.
  • Helen King, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police - Uniformed Policing Professional Community Chair.
  • Giles York, Chief Constable for Sussex Police - Professional Development and Integrity Professional Community Chair.
  • Andy Rhodes, Deputy Chief Constable for Lancashire Constabulary - Organisational Development and International Professional Community Chair.

The chairs will help the College connect with its membership, represent the public interest and ensure that its work focuses on the issues that will have the biggest impact on the ground.

Officers and staff can join in the discussion on the Police OnLine Knowledge Area (POLKA) and speak to the chairs to explain which areas in each community need to be prioritised for improved national standards and professional practice.

Assistant Commissioner King held a hot seat on POLKA on 6 October, while Deputy Chief Constable Rhodes held his on 9 November.

Both Chief Constable Kavanagh and Chief Constable York will be announcing hot seats in the near future.

All four chairs took part in a workshop at the College conference last week, where they held discussions with delegates over the different communities and explained how, simply by becoming a member of the College, they could influence the future work agenda.

College chief executive, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, said:

“I’m really pleased officers and staff are taking advantage of the opportunities to speak to our Professional Community Chairs.

“The chairs are here to bridge the gap between what many officers and staff may see as their day-to-day duties and the professional standards of policing as a whole.

“We know there is a wealth of experience out there and that’s why we want police professionals to come forward and tell us what the College needs to prioritise to improve the service.

“You are the ones out there working every day to protect the public – tell us what you need and what we can do to help.”

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