Uniformed Policing Faculty – Who are we and what do we do

The Uniformed Policing Faculty leads the work at the College to support policing in the areas of Joint Operations/Civil Contingencies, Local Policing and Specialist Operations. The Faculty does this by working with police, academic and other partners to use the best available evidence to develop guidance, curriculum and standards to inform policing activity.

Richard Bennett

Head of Faculty - Richard Bennett

Richard oversees the work of the faculty and liaises with other parts of the College to maximise the use of joint resources.

Richard is also represents the College on the NPCC groups that oversee Civil Contingencies, Local Policing, Operations and the National Police Coordination Centre.

Paul Quinton

Evidence and Evaluation Advisor (Developing the Evidence Base) - Paul Quinton

Paul provides support across the faculty (and other parts of the College) to establish the evidence base to support practice, guidance and curriculum development. Paul encourages research by academic and police practitioners into subjects relevant to the faculty, and continues to support research in a number of areas.

Stop and search: Leading a multi-site randomised controlled trial of stop and search training, and related research that explore is implementation and tests its impact on officers' knowledge, attitudes and behaviour; Leading analysis that explores the impact of stop and search on crime in London.

Procedural and organisational justice: Developing and disseminating evidence on how the police can promote the sorts of behaviours that are associated with improved perceptions of policing encounters and police legitimacy.

Mental health: Leading a Rapid Evidence Assessment on police communication and interviewing in support of College guidance and training standards. Supporting 'Connect', a project on mental health and policing led by the University of York and funded by the Police Knowledge Fund.

Use of force: Providing advice to the NPCC working group on the recording of police use of force incidents.

In addition, Paul provides research advice to forces on a wider range of uniformed policing subjects (including problem-solving, neighbourhood policing, early interventions, public confidence and satisfaction), and is the College member on the British Society of Criminology's Policing Network steering group.

Clive Brooks

Police Standards Manager for Joint Operations - Clive Brooks

Joint Operations is a small team of subject matter experts who support the national work to ensure an effective response to major incidents involving the police and other agencies.

Disaster Victim Identification (DVI): This includes the development of standards, training and accreditation in DVI. The team also deliver training for Scene Evidence Recovery Managers, Police Mortuary Coordinators and Senior Identification Managers.

Civil Contingencies and Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP): The College is working closely with the JESIP Team, NPCC, the Cabinet Office and other partners to develop the first national resilience standards, including a proposed multi-agency training product for Strategic Coordination Groups.  The team is also actively involved in the transition arrangements for JESIP.

Operational Planning and Debriefing:
The College has developed a process with the NPoCC for debriefing to share and promote joint organisational learning. The programme has informed the work to fundamentally review the DVI APP, DVI curriculum including core courses and the development of CPD for DVI managers. The team is presently reviewing the national Operational Planning Course as well as providing support to forces to ensure that they have the skills to plan properly for major public events and can derive important learning from such operations and exercises.

Clive also represents the College on the NPCC Groups that oversee DVI, Casualty Bureau, Family Liaison and JESIP.

Police Standards Manager for Local Policing – Supt Paul Bartolomeo

Paul is a seconded Superintendent from Hampshire Constabulary and has responsibility for Local Policing which includes being the College point of contact for Neighbourhood Policing, Response Policing, Roads Policing, Mental Health, Citizens in Policing (including the Special Constabulary), Troubled Families, Children & Young Persons and Stop & Search. Paul works closely with the NPCC in the delivery of work in these areas, and is more widely responsible for overseeing the delivery of current work within his portfolio which are listed below.

Neighbourhood Policing - Insp Doug Ashman

Doug is the College's Neighbourhood Policing Adviser, he is a seconded Inspector from Hampshire Constabulary.  Doug is responsible for working with forces and national strategic partners across the UK to help identify and share promising practice in neighbourhood policing.  He works closely with the NPCC in supporting the implementation of the College's Neighbourhood Policing Guidelines.  Doug works with national, regional and force leads to identify innovative practice in how neighbourhood policing contributes to tackling serious and organised crime, counter terrorism and vulnerability.  Doug is also undertaking a PhD, researching the effectiveness of community engagement.

Demand Reduction – Lin McGrath

Linda supports forces to develop and share best practice to manage demand more effectively through the delivery of Regional Demand Reduction events which have proved extremely popular and effective over the last year. She also advises and supports forces who are developing promising initiatives to ensure any new techniques adapt a problem solving and evidenced based approach to demand reduction, utilising POLKA and other methods of communication to ensure best practise is shared.

Citizens in Policing – Ed Barnard

Ed represents the College in respect of the ongoing development of the Citizens in Policing Portfolio, with specific responsibility in policy areas pertaining to the Special Constabulary and Police Support Volunteers. He works closely with forces and a wide range of key stakeholders to outline and maintain national standards and, wherever practicable, to promote a nationally consistent approach to the utilisation of volunteers, highlighting interesting and innovative practice. Ed works closely with the NPCC lead and represents the College at a number of meeting forums nationwide, as well as at conferences and events.

Mental Health - Inspector Michael Brown

Following the release of the Authorised Professional Practise and Mental Health training on 10th October 2016, Michael is currently working with forces to embed the products to assist with local delivery. Another key work stream is the delivery of guidance for the use of police and other agencies regarding the use of force in mental health settings – this was published in January 2017. Michael has established a strong network with officers and professionals working in the mental health field, and he speaks regularly at conferences as a representative of the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs' Council.

Melita Worswick

Police Standards Manager for Specialist Operations - Melita Worswick

Specialist Operations are responsible for the guidance and curriculum for Firearms, Less Lethal Weapons, Public Order Public Safety and Personal Safety Training.

Melita is also the College single point of contact for Mounted, Dogs, Air Support and Marine.

She is supported by a team of Subject Matter Experts who work with Stakeholders, Partners, NPCC leads and more importantly Police Officers and Staff to maintain, develop and expand National Training Curriculum, create and develop guidance and best practice and to respond to emerging threats, feedback and lessons learnt. We support a number of forces and are supported by forces. 

Find out more details of my team and the work they do.

Firearms: The College has been commissioned to undertake a review of the Codes of Practice on the Police use of Firearms and Less Lethal Weapons. The College also works with the National Police Chiefs' Council Coordinating Committee to ensure that the National Police Firearms Training Curriculum and annual command training are updated to reflect the necessary operational response to emerging threats. The College is also working on a revision of the Handbook of Police Range Safety including a consolidation of MOD guidance into a College owned product to support range licensing. The College also facilitates practitioner working groups and several POLKA communities that enable practitioners to share working practices and experience across various firearms disciplines to inform curriculum development and licensed training programmes.

Licensing Firearms Training and Ranges: The College also licence forces to deliver firearms training in line with the national curriculum and licence forces to use firearms ranges to conduct much of the training.

Conducted Electricity Device (CED): Work has begun in preparation for the future roll out of a new CED following the discontinuance of the current TASER manufactured device. This is likely to involve a wider review of CED use given the high level of press and public interest. The College will play a vital role in revising guidance and developing the training curriculum for whichever device is selected.

Public Order (PO): The College is working on identifying the resources to support the revision of the PO APP agreed by national business area lead last year. The College also works with the National Police Chiefs' Council Coordinating Committee to ensure that the National Public Order Training Curriculum and annual command training are updated to reflect the necessary operational response to protest and public safety events. The College is working on a restructure and comprehensive review of PO modules across the curriculum and will review the guidance for Police Liaison and Evidence Gathering Teams. Curriculum maintenance support will be provided to assist forces with the introduction of this revised programme. The College is engaging with dog and mounted national working groups to produce new modules in relation to command of these assets within a public order context. Public Order medic training has been reviewed and for the first time national guidance has been published in relation to minimum equipment requirements. The College facilitates several POLKA communities that enable practitioners to share working practices and experiences across various public order disciplines.

Licensing PO Training: The College also licences forces to deliver PO training in line with the national curriculum. A review is being undertaken in relation to the assessment criteria for command training up to and including Silver level. The College works with the lead for public order to ensure that emerging trends identified from the national Public Order Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment and other thematic learning areas are reflected in licensed training programmes.

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