College of Policing

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College of Policing Limited
Logo of the College of Policing
Predecessor National Policing Improvement Agency
Formation 4 February 2013
Type Company limited by guarantee
Headquarters Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry
Region served
England and Wales
All Police Officers, Police Staff, specials and volunteers
Chief Executive
Mike Cunningham
Millie Banerjee
Key people
Rachel Tuffin (Director of Research and Education), David Buckle (Director of Membership & Business Development, Kate Husselbee (Director of Corporate Services)

The College of Policing is a professional body for the police in England and Wales. It was established in 2012 to take over a number of training and development roles that were the responsibility of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA).[1] The National Police Library also transferred over from the NPIA at that time. The college was created initially as a company limited by guarantee, but is due to be converted to an independent statutory authority following the passing of legislation by Government.[2]

The creation of a new policing professional body was announced by the Home Secretary in December 2011. Representatives from the Police Federation, the Superintendents' Association, ACPO and UNISON worked with the Home Office to create the College, ensuring that it represents the police service's desires and aspirations. As soon as Parliamentary time allows, the College of Policing will be established as a statutory body, independent of government. While the necessary legislation is prepared, the College has been established as a company limited by guarantee.[3]

The college officially launched on 4 February 2013 with Chief Constable Alex Marshall QPM as Chief Executive. Marshall has since left the college, retiring from policing in September 2017 [4]. Marshall was replaced by Mike Cunningham on 15 January 2018[5].

The College of Policing has announced that from 2020, all new police officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to degree level.[6] The policing degree will be self-funded, and students would need to apply for a police job once qualified.

We intend to be a not-for-profit membership organisation, and will aim to achieve chartered status. Members will be fully involved in all aspects of College work. We will have a mandate to set standards in professional development, including codes of practice and regulations, to ensure consistency across the 43 forces in England and Wales. We also have a remit to set standards for the police service on training, development, skills and qualifications, and we will provide maximum support to help the service implement these standards. A fundamental development within the College is the use of knowledge and research to develop an evidence-based approach to policing. We are hosting the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, which involves collaboration with academics and a university consortium. We will also take a coordinating role across the country, commissioning research and setting up regional networks, so that universities, further education colleges and police forces can work together to learn from best practice. The British model of policing by consent is admired right across the world. We will help to create the best conditions to sustain and enhance that model.[3]

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  1. ^ "Questions and answers". Home Office. 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "About us". College of Policing. 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "About us - College of Policing". Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  4. ^ College of Policing (2017-04-04). "CEO Alex Marshall to retire from policing". College of Policing. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  5. ^ "New CEO announced". College of Policing. Retrieved 2 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "All new police officers in England and Wales to have degrees". BBC News. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 

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