Welcome to CPD in focus 2020

Published on 16 November 2020
Join the conversation about continuing professional development and how we can help you to make meaningful contributions and open you up to new possibilities
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Female officer in Wales

CPD in focus 2020 is a week-long online conversation in which we look at what continuing professional development means for you and what resources and support are available. 

CPD – which is a shared responsibility for you, your force and the College – helps you to maintain, develop and gain recognition for existing and new professional skills, knowledge and competence. Some of your development can be done through formal learning, like your personal safety training and some can be completed informally, for example, by reading about recent legislation.

We have developed a College of Policing definition of CPD that is underpinned by a set of principles that outline what CPD in policing means.

It's important to recognise when you are learning something new and to record it. Taking a moment to reflect on what has happened during the day is a good way to identify any learning. You’ll then be able to see how you can apply it. This also helps with your Professional Development Review (PDR), allowing for previous experiential learning to go towards qualifications and as part of a portfolio of evidence for accreditation.

CPD is also important because change is inevitable. The smart phone has changed how people communicate and access the internet. Some of these changes have been beneficial but technological developments have also brought about new opportunities for crime. Societal changes often outpace the capability of organisations to respond to those changes. 

This has been pulled into sharp focus by the coronavirus pandemic: policing has had to respond at pace to new legislation, regulations and new ways of operating. CPD is how we keep adapting to change to help us meet new challenges.

How CPD supports you

  • It helps you to make a meaningful and ongoing contribution to your team. You become more effective in the workplace. This assists you to advance in your career and move into new positions where you can lead, manage, influence, coach and mentor others.
  • It helps you to stay interested and keeps your role interesting. Experience is a great teacher, but it can mean that we tend to do what we have always done before. Focused CPD opens you up to new possibilities, knowledge and skill areas.
  • It can lead to increased public confidence in people who work in policing and for the service as a whole.

Join the conversation on the CPD Focus Knowledge Hub group (you will need to log in to this) and tell us about your CPD activities and what you think the College can do to promote CPD in policing.