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The Leadership Review contains 10 recommendations that will require a collective effort to implement. The recommendations represent fundamental change for policing and significant support will be required from those within policing and those that work with them, whether directly or indirectly, if we are to bring about lasting change that has real benefits for the public.

The publication of the review was just the start. We are now underway with work to deliver against the recommendations. Below are some ways in which you can help to drive forward the work and share your ideas:

  • Become an 'early adopter' force: Since October 2015, the College has run two workshops at Ryton for Early Adopter forces (with a third planned for June). Early Adopter (EA) forces are those who have expressed an interest in taking forward and sharing practice around their implementation of the LR and / or those who want to learn from what others are doing. All forces have been invited to attend Early Adopter workshops and so far we have 23 confirmed EA forces (plus British Transport Police). If you would like to check whether your force is involved and / or you are interested in becoming an EA force, please contact us at As well as (or instead of if it's preferred) attending the workshops we run, there are other ways in which we can engage with you as an EA – you could represent your force on particular recommendation working groups for example. We are happy to discuss with you the most useful way to keep in contact with your force.
  • Email the Leadership Review team Email Leadership Review: Send us an email with your thoughts, ideas, challenges and one of the leadership review team will contact you. If you have any practice or case studies that you would like to share please let us know.  
  • Participate in online discussions via POLKA Leadership Review community of POLKA: Click onto POLKA and you can engage with other colleagues across policing to hear their thoughts as well as to share your own.

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The College of Policing is the world's first professional body for policing. Before our online registration process becomes available, police officers and staff can pre-register and join the Members' Hub on POLKA.

The Members' Hub is where you will be able to access more information and news about Membership as and when it becomes available, and help shape it by telling us what you would like from your professional body Membership.

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Below are some commonly asked questions, if you have further questions please contact us.

What is the Review of Police Leadership?

​The College of Policing has led a fundamental review of police leadership at all levels. The review has
considered the changing demands and context for policing and has made recommendations to
ensure future leaders in policing can be equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience to
deliver the best possible policing service for the public.

The Review was: evidence based and built on a wide programme of engagement with those working
in policing and outside, drawn from the experience of other sectors, and looked at the future
challenges for police leaders.

The College had already begun a review Police Leadership Development when the Home Secretary
announced a Review of Police Leadership in July 2014. The College worked with the Home Secretary
and agreed that a fundamental review of police leadership would be owned and undertaken by the
College of Policing. The College reported its findings in an interim report on 20 March 2015 and invited feedback from stakeholders which has informed the development of the Final Report.

Who exactly does the Review of Police Leadership apply to?

The Review of Police Leadership applies directly to the police forces maintained for the police areas
of England and Wales defined in section 1 of the Police Act 1996, and to the College of Policing.
Specifically it applies to or may be of interest to:

  • police officers
  • police staff
  • Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and those with designated police powers
  • members of the Special Constabulary and other police volunteers
  • those who are considering joining the police service
  • members of the College of Policing (the professional body for policing)
  • those who work in partnership and collaboration with the police
  • academic and other organisations who have an interest in the professional development of leadership within policing
  • the public, who will wish to see high quality leadership within the police

Does the Review of Police Leadership apply to officers and staff in Northern Ireland (PSNI) or in Scotland?

​The College of Policing has a remit for police forces in England and Wales. It does works closely with PSNI and with Police Scotland. It will be for these bodies to consider how they choose to respond to the outcomes of the Review of Police Leadership.

Why did police need a Review of Police Leadership?

​The Review of Police Leadership will play an important role in shaping and developing leadership within policing at all levels for a complex and challenging future 10-15 years ahead from now. All good organisations adapt and change as the world around them changes. Following on from this review the College of Policing will continue to consider and reflect on the changes it faces and
ensure that leadership remains fit for purpose.

What does the Review of Police Leadership mean for Police and Crime Commissioners?

Police and Crime Commissioners have an important role in delivering democratic accountability for policing and they have been part of the wide engagement conducted as part of the Review of Police Leadership. Implementing the recommendations of the Review will require action from all the different parts which make up and work with policing, including police forces and other law enforcement agencies, chief officers, PCCs, HMIC and central government.

What do officers and police staff get out of the Review of Police Leadership?

​The review has identified the importance of leadership across all levels of policing; police and staff. The recommendations aim to transform the way in which leaders are developed with a strong focus on the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to work in a complex and rapidly changing world.

What do members of the public get out of the Review of Police Leadership?

The public must have confidence that police leaders are the best they can be, that they are being developed well, acting with integrity in line with the Code of Ethics and leading with the right knowledge, skills and experience to do their job at the highest standard.

The Leadership Review has made a series of recommendations that will contribute towards professionalising the service with a strong theme of developing all of those within policing using values based appointment and recruitment.

The public recognise that there many good leaders within policing and it important that confidence in leadership remains high and continues to improve.

Who is responsible for implementing the recommendations within the Review of Police Leadership?

​The Police Leadership Review report has made a series of recommendations and identified who will lead on implementing each of these recommendations as described below. These organisations and groups include; College of Policing, the Home Office, Chief Constables and Chief officers, Police and Crime Commissioners, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, staff associations, and individuals within policing.

Is this just about saving money?

The Review is not about saving money, it is about leadership for the future. Leadership is a primary issue for many organisations including the police. It sits at the heart of what it means to be a profession and the Leadership Review is about looking ahead and planning how we will develop leaders with the right skills in a challenging world. With improvements in leadership development and management training forces should expect to have more effective leadership, part of which will lead to improved ways of working, including improved financial efficiency. So a consequence of the Review should be the ability to deliver effective services in a more challenging financial environment. That said we do not underestimate the commitment and investment (physical and financial) required to make this happen but also believe there are longer term opportunities for reinvestment by doing this differently.

What stakeholder engagement took place for the Review of Police Leadership

The College of Policing has undertaken one of its widest stakeholder engagement activities so far in the development of a set of new proposals during the Leadership Review. The list of organisations that have been engaged and communicated with are listed in the Leadership Review appendices.

What is the existing evidence on police leadership?

​​As with many parts of policing, the evidence in this area was mixed. Two Rapid Evidence Reviews previously undertaken by the NPIA provided a summary of the existing evidence around effectiveness of different leadership styles, competencies and behaviours as well as what works in leadership development within the public sector. However, these also both highlighted the limited nature of the evidence at times. There is recent evidence from an international policing perspective as well as a considerable number of specific research projects and papers. To add to this there is a wide range of academic and professional leadership literature and experience from across a variety of fields which has relevance to police leadership.

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