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Police Federation

PFEW supports College’s comprehensive review

23 March 2021

National Chair John Apter

National Chair John Apter

The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) will join other key policing organisations to help shape the future outcome of a comprehensive review of the College of Policing (CoP).

John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “This root and branch review is a great opportunity to make the College of Policing more meaningful and relevant to rank and file officers, providing them with the training, guidance and support they deserve.  

The review must, therefore, be bold and brave to ensure the College is fit for purpose. PFEW will play an active part, feeding into the review to ensure the views of our members are heard and acted upon.” 

Frontline officers, staff and policing organisations are also being asked to give their views, with the evidentiary process open for a six-week period. 

The main aims of the review are: 

  • To conduct a fundamental assessment of the College, its role, effectiveness and how it operates alongside other organisations in the policing landscape  
  • To ensure that, as the professional body for policing, the College is highly valued by every section of policing, from frontline officers to chief constables and Police and Crime Commissioners 

Lord Herbert of South Downs, the incoming Chair of the College, said: “This is a critical time in policing with the demands and pressures on the service only increasing during the pandemic. I believe the time is right to look at the work that the College does, as well as the place that it occupies in the policing landscape. 

It’s important that we explore how effective the College is in supporting a police service whose mission has been extended and capability stretched over the last 10 years.   

I’m keen that we listen to people from across policing, regardless of their rank, grade or role, to find what they want from their College of Policing and help us identify the areas where we need to improve. I’m committed to ensuring that the College stands proudly in the policing landscape to support the service in its mission to protect the public and keep people safe.” 

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