Inside policing episode three – What makes a good cop?

Published on 29 March 2022
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Podcast host Rob Flanagan

In episode three of Inside policing, Rob Flanagan invites four guests from across the service to explore the question, 'What makes a good cop?'.

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Louise Hodgson, head of workforce development at the College, explains that there's no such thing as the perfect police officer candidate.

They don’t have to come as a finished product. What we look for is that they can demonstrate the behaviours and values that make for effective performance as an officer in role. 

Louise Hodgson, College of Policing

Sergeant Richard Horton describes the level of knowledge he would expect from somebody joining his team straight from the classroom.

I would expect a decent basic legal knowledge. I think on response, it’s fair to say you are dealing with probably the same 30 offences over and over and over again. I would expect them to go through the tutor con process and to be comfortable with working by themselves. 

Sergeant Richard Horton, Lancashire Police

Police Constable Michelle Wright also shares her own insight about what took her by surprise when joining the police service.

The two things that have really struck me is, firstly, the amount of time that we spend dealing with people in mental health crisis. Secondly is the amount of administration work, reporting back in, the care plans, the one to eights that we have to put in. 

PC Michelle Wright, Greater Manchester Police

Finally, Marcus Griffiths – Policing Standards Manager for Ethics, Integrity and Professional Standards at the College of Policing – comments on the role of the College when someone's ethics fall short of what we expect as a policing organisation.

The College has produced support material to support forces in delivering reflective practice, which is really crucial in maintaining public confidence and ensuring the standards we expect in policing are adhered to. 

Marcus Griffiths, College of Policing

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