College needs to 'demonstrate relevance' to frontline

04 April 2017

The College of Policing needs to continue to demonstrate its relevance and better communicate its aims as it begins the hunt for a new CEO.
Steve White, chair of the Federation of England and Wales, speaking after Alex Marshall announced his retirement, said: “We congratulate Alex on his retirement from policing and wish him every success in his new job.
“He has been a passionate voice for British policing over the years and, while we haven’t always seen eye to eye, under his leadership the College has achieved some notable successes like the introduction of the Code of Ethics.
“But as he himself said at our conference last year, the College needs to be better connected to the front line. Rank-and-file officers are confused about its relevance to their day to day work and they question what it means for them.
“The College needs to get better at engaging with their members and communicating what their goals are and why they are trying to achieve them. It also currently has no permanent chair so it will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate to take the organisation forward at a time when policing has never faced so many challenges, against a backdrop of austerity, a dwindling workforce and one of the highest threat levels in peacetime.”