Education and learning

The National Policing Curriculum (NPC) enables learning programmes and frameworks to be developed for the education and professional development of police officers and staff.  The curriculum provides both a framework and a benchmark for the development of knowledge, understanding, skills, attitudes and behaviours within policing, by means of education and learning.  All College learning and development products are based on the NPC which ensures a standardised, consistent message is delivered.   

Learning programmes are developed from research and best practice, thus reinforcing evidence-based policing, and drawing on the expertise of subject matter experts, practitioners and partner agencies across the crime prevention, policing and law enforcement sector.

We provide flexible, modular learning programmes for all those involved in policing and develop learning resources to respond to new challenges to policing (cybercrime, social media, neighbourhood justice, economic crime).

We develop and deliver 'immersive learning' across operational policing and multi-agency partnerships (including major incident command, child protection and counter terrorism), through our three Hydra suites; this is a delivery technique designed to simulate the reality of critical incident management. 
We develop learning courses and programmes for delivery by police forces and we licence and support forces to deliver a range of courses meeting the National Policing Curriculum, including Initial Learning, Public Order, Custody, Investigation and Intelligence courses.

We have also:

  • collaborated with the National Ambulance Resilience Unit and the Fire Service College to develop resources to facilitate Joint Emergency Services Interoperability training.
  • created the Approved Provider Scheme for police learning. This scheme assures forces of the quality of learning provided by approved bodies.

As the professional body for policing, we have commenced a programme of work to design a Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) intended to support the development of policing as a profession through the provision of a national approach to recognising and raising educational standards in policing. 

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