#032/2013 – College of Policing and HMIC publish concordat on working together

The College of Policing and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have today published a concordat which sets out how they will work together to achieve the highest possible standards in policing.

The concordat, signed by College Chief Executive, Chief Constable Alex Marshall, and HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, sets out the respective roles of the College and HMIC in relation to standards in policing and how the two organisations will work together.

The concordat explains how the College of Policing and HMIC will work constructively and effectively together by consulting with each other regularly and sharing information and analysis.

One of the core areas of responsibility for the College, as the professional body for policing, is to set standards of professional practice for police officers and police staff based on the evidence of what works. HMIC will use these standards, and effective practice, as part of its work when inspecting police forces.

Chief Constable Alex Marshall said:

“It is in the interests of the public and all those who work in policing that there is a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of our two organisations. The concordat provides that clarity, and will enable both the College of Policing and HMIC to work together to achieve the highest possible standards in policing.”

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Tom Winsor, said:

“It is very important that we have in place clear and simple arrangements which spell out how our relationship will work in practice. I am pleased to have signed this concordat, and HMIC looks forward to continuing to work ever more closely with the College of Policing for the improvement of policing.”

In line with the responsibilities of the College to identify, develop and promote good practice based on evidence, HMIC will be transferring the ‘what works’ pages currently hosted on its website to the College of Policing website at http://www.college.police.uk/en/21011.htm

A copy of the concordat can be found at both http://www.college.police.uk/en/docs/hmic_concordat.pdf and www.hmic.gov.uk

Notes to Editors

About the College of Policing

For more information please call the College of Policing Press Office on 020 3113 7241.

We are a professional body, responsible for setting standards of professional practice in policing.

Primarily, we work for the public and our members, but anyone who has an interest in reducing crime and driving up professional standards in policing will be interested in our work. This includes:

  • The public, police officers and staff
  • Charities who work with victims and/or offenders to prevent crime
  • Academics who research in this field and education providers
  • International policing colleagues interested in sharing knowledge and testing new approaches

About HMIC

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) is an independent inspectorate, inspecting policing in the public interest, and rigorously examines the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces to tackle crime and terrorism, improve criminal justice and raise confidence. HMIC inspects all 43 police forces in England and Wales together with other major policing bodies. www.hmic.gov.uk

For further information, HMIC’s press office can be contacted during office hours from 8:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Friday on 0203 513 0600. HMIC’s out-of-hours press office line for urgent media enquiries is 07836 217 729.