Policing may be rewarding, essential and positive but not easy. Officers face the pressure and strain of a challenging job, made more complex by:
New technologies, crimes and criminal threats, constantly evolving role
New priorities, innovation and equipment, requiring different responses
Years of austerity and cutbacks, adding further challenges
The pandemic has affected policing across the globe, both operationally and logistically. In many countries, crime patterns have changed to reflect modified public behaviour and police practice has had to adapt to reflect the new demand but also to implement government imposed operating conditions. Many countries have also reported changes in public attitudes to the new restrictions which in turn has also impacted on police-community relations.
As the world slowly comes out the other side, it is important to reflect on how this past 18 months has affected policing, particularly police education. The London Policing College, in partnership with the University of West London and the International Police Association, will explore these issues in a series of online workshops throughout October. These will be led by police officers from the UK and abroad speaking of their experiences and inviting debate. Countries and topics will include: –
- Sweden – Crime prevention and the impact of covid
- Finland – The impact of Covid on police education
- Iceland – The advantages and disadvantages of online education
- Lithuania – The police response to the pandemic
- Italy – Prevention of corruption during the pandemic.
- USA – Tactical training during the crisis
- Germany – Experiences of online training.
The outcomes of the workshops will be discussed at the 3rd International Police Education Conference to be held at the University of West London on 23rd November 2021. Featuring British and International keynote speakers, the conference will attempt to discover whether the pandemic has caused the basic model of policing to be modified and whether countries now find themselves with a different approach.
For more information about how you can take part, please contact: Karen.Duckworth@LondonPolicing.co.uk
Crises in Policing
The murder of Sarah Everard is a particularly vile and tragic event, and our thoughts and prayers go to the family at this awful time.
The policing response coupled with the murder amount to a crisis for policing, particularly in relation to the trust and confidence of women.
This crisis has been exasperated by the conflation of several issues which came together at the end of the vigil into the murder for Sarah Everard.
There are 3 themes which created the situation.
- The murder of a woman by a serving police officer (alleged) is always going to create immense fear and tarnish the reputation of the police. At this stage we know little about the actual crime. We do know that a woman who was walking home after seeing friends, never made it home. We also know Sarah’s body was found days later a significant distance away. Clearly there is a link with those ……..
Want to learn more?
In January and February 2021 our team of expert Associates are supporting West BCU in London with a series of online insights into policing. Our team are talking about a range of subjects from investigating serious crime, public order, community policing and joining the police.
Our 2nd International Police Education Conference in December 2020 built on our series of international workshops involving people from around the world. This year we heard from experts and police practitioners from across the globe and our analysis of the event will develop our understanding of the Crises in policing from COVID and the approaches being taken to deal with this.
The conference was free and delivered in partnership with the British Council, the International Police Association and the University of West London. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working with the University of West London
Working with the University of West London we have three exciting MSc degrees available for September this year. The MSc programmes cover key issues for policing and will be an excellent development for officers and others to study in depth key issues and concepts of policing.
The course will focus on performance, legitimacy and accountability. You will consider your role either as a leader, specialist, researcher or academic and have the benefit of experts from across our team. The course has the following options:
- Police Leadership and Management
- Serious Crime Investigation
- International Crime
If you would like to talk to one of our team about this please send your details via the contact us page and we will send you information on how to apply. Even if you don’t have an undergraduate degree we will be able to work with you to see how your experience and other qualifications can be used to support your application.
Alternatively go to the University of West London website for more details or to apply.
The London Policing College has considerable UK policing expertise and experience of delivering police education programmes around the world. As vice chair of the International Forum for Police Education Cooperation and leading the British Council UK – China – Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) partnership programme, they bring international insights.