Become an associate

Information for individuals who want to use their expert skills to work on short-term projects. 

The College relies on associates as a valuable resource bringing current, relevant and specialist skills to complement those of our staff. They are individuals who are independent of the College and who are sourced directly on a personal basis, or via an agency, charity, partnership or limited company for specific tasks.

Associate roles include trainers, coaches, assessors, designers, invigilators and expert witnesses.

Currently employed police officers and police staff cannot be engaged through this route. Public sector employees may be considered where they would not receive dual payment for the same period of engagement, eg, non-paid leave or part-time working.

More information on being an associate can be found in our associates policy and supporting documentation. A welcome pack has been developed to be issued for associates who are embarking on their first assignment with the College of Policing, it may also be useful for more established associates. 

Important information

  • Associates are engaged on an ad hoc basis for specific, short-term, discrete pieces of work.
  • In order to become an associate it is necessary to apply, and be successful in a competitive process, to be in one or more associate pools.
  • Selection into the pools will be based on the skills, experience and competencies required.
  • All applications are subject to security vetting and reference checks.
  • Payment is dependent on the nature of the work undertaken.
  • Acceptance into any associate pool does not guarantee the offer of work.
  • Associate engagement is subject to terms and conditions or personally engaged associate terms and conditions.
  • Associate engagement is subject to the associate terms and conditions or personally engaged associate terms and conditions and the general data protection regulation (GDPR) 2018.

Associate opportunities

There are currently no open associate opportunities.

How associates are selected

This is done in line with the principles in the Code of Ethics. Associate pools will be reselected at least every three years to ensure skills and currency are refreshed. 

Each pool will have a defined scope of work and a clear criteria necessary for the delivery of that work, including:

  • qualifications
  • skills
  • knowledge
  • experience
  • currency

Expressions of interest will be scored against a marking scheme of 0-5. Sufficient evidence of suitability will need to be shown under qualifications, skills and experience. 

Scoring of associate expressions of interest

Assessment Description Score
Excellent
  • Exceeds the required standard
  • Response answers the question with precision and relevance
  • Gives evidence of added value
5
Good
  • Meets the required standard
  • Comprehensive response in terms of detail and relevance
4
Acceptable
  • Meets the standards in most aspects but fails in some areas
  • Acceptable level of detail, accuracy and relevance
3
Limited
  • Fails the standards in most aspects but meets some
  • Limited information/inadequate/only partially addresses the question
2
Inadequate
  • Significantly ails to meet the standard
  • Inadequate detail provided/questions not answered/answers not directly related to the question
1
Not eligible for consideration
  • Completely fails to meet the standard
  • Response significantly deficient, no response
0

There is no obligation on the part of the College to provide any associate with work, not to guarantee an amount of work during any time period. Work will be allocated through a fair and transparent process, detailed in the scope of work. 

Since 2018 we have only engaged associates who were successful in securing a place in one or more of the pools. 

Equal opportunities

We encourage a diverse workforce. We aim to provide a working environment where all staff, contractors and associates at all levels are valued and respected. Discrimination, bullying, promotion of negative stereotyping and harassment are not tolerated. 

We do not discriminate on the grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, those with caring responsibilities, part time workers or any other factor irrelevant to a person's work.