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Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green has welcomed the launch of the College of Policing.
In an article in The Times yesterday Damian Green said that the police were at a significant fork in the road and that they had to step-up to reform or risk losing their reputation. The College of Policing will be a strong, national organisation for both police officers and police staff that will help the police raise their game.
It will develop the professionalism of officers to create a highly regarded and highly recognised profession.
It will be led by Chief Constable Alex Marshall who will focus on equipping officers with the skills they need to fight crime and protect the public. It will be chaired by Professor Shirley Pearce who brings a wealth of academic experience.
Policing and Criminal Justice Minister Damian Green said: 'Crucially it will be independent of government, with officers from all ranks having a direct say in their training and development.'
Chief Executive Alex Marshall, said: 'Our mission is to ensure that everything we do equips everyone in policing with the right tools, skills and knowledge to reduce crime and protect the public.'
Among the portfolio of training courses offered by the College is Information Communication Technology training.
- Airwave Force Control Room Supervisors Workshop
- Radio Frequency Propagation Survey (cell-site) Technicians Training
- Airwave Force Operational Planning Workshop
- Airwave Force Operational Tactical Advisors Course
- PNC Browser
- PNC Names Enquiry
- PNC Wanted/ Missing/ Disqualified Driver Names Update
- PNC Offence Processing
- PNC Queries Using Extended Search Techniques (QUEST)
- PNC Queries Using Extended Search Techniques (QUEST) Trainer Workshop
- PNC Vehicle & Property Enquiry
- PNC Vehicle and Property Update
- PNC Vehicle On-Line Descriptive Searching (VODS)
- PNC Vehicle On-line Descriptive Searching (VODS) Trainer Workshop
- PNC Manager
- PND Train the Trainer Learning Programme
- ViSOR Train the Trainer Learning Programme
- ViSOR End User Learning Programme
- ViSOR Basic Level Access Learning Programme
- ViSOR System Administrator Learning Programme
The College’s role includes the production of training materials, teaching trainers to train the Police National Computer and other national ICT system operators, training managers of selected systems, and also providing training to some operators.
In addition, its staff will undertake ICT consultancy driven by the Home Office or Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
The following national ICT systems are included within the portfolio:
The Police National Computer (PNC) is available to all Police Forces and wider criminal justice agencies throughout the United Kingdom. It holds comprehensive details of people, vehicles, property, arrests and convictions on its database. The PNC also has interfaces with a number of other databases used in public protection and law enforcement.
ViSOR is a national offender management database used by the Police, Prison and Probation service. It is used to jointly manage all offenders who have sex offender registration conditions imposed upon them following criminal conviction, and information on violent and potentially dangerous people.
Airwave is the national digital trunk radio system that has been rolled out to police forces throughout the UK. The unit currently offers places on the Force Operations Airwave Tactical Advisers (FOATA) course. The College also offesr workshops for Force Control Room Supervisors and Airwave Operational Planners; these are run at the location of the Airwave user.
The Police National Database (PND) is available to all Police Forces and wider criminal justice agencies throughout the United Kingdom. It allows the police service to share local information and intelligence on a national basis. Its purpose is to support the achievement of three strategic benefits which are: to safeguard children and vulnerable people, counter terrorism, and prevent and disrupt crime.