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College of Policing


College of Policing 10th floor, River​​side House 2A Southwark Bridge Road London SE1 9HA

The College of Policing was established in 2012 as the professional body for everyone working in policing in England and Wales. Our purpose is to provide officers and staff with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent crime, protect the public and secure public trust.

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The College of Policing has three, complementary functions:

  • Knowledge: developing the research and infrastructure for growing evidence of ‘what works’. Over time, this will ensure policing practice and standards are based on knowledge, not custom and convention.

  • Standards:  drawing on the best available evidence of ‘what works’ to set standards in policing for forces and individuals. For example, through Authorised Professional Practice (APP) and peer review.

  • Education: supporting the development of individual members of the profession. It sets educational requirements to assure the public of the quality and consistency of policing skills, and facilitate academic accreditation and recognition of members’ expertise.

The British model of policing by consent is admired right across the world. The College will help to create the best conditions to sustain and enhance that model.

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