The College of Policing (‘the College’) was established in 2012. It is the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales. The purpose of the College is to provide those working in policing (both officers and police staff) with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent crime, protect the public, and secure public trust. They chose to partner with ourselves at Accipio to create a virtual learning platform for CMI leadership and management qualifications, through Moodle.
When they initially approached ourselves at Accipio, the CoP had no centralised learning initiative. They provided ad-ho courses, but had not yet embedded these into a wider scheme, and forces still provided individual and asynchronous development programmes. The College were, therefore, seeking a partner to build a leadership and management eco-system for everyone working in policing. This included providing unrestricted access to leadership and management qualifications (at Levels 6, 7 & 8), toolkits and workshops to officers and staff across the UK who wish to develop their leadership and management skills.
The eco-system needed to be underpinned by a bespoke virtual learning environment that would act as the “backbone” when delivering across police forces, and also provide a blended approach for scalable, self-directed learning that is accessible at all times. It needed to provide a consistent approach to leadership and management development across forces.
Phase 1 (2017-18)
We worked with the College to build a leadership programme and eco-system which gives 200,000 officers and staff working across the police service access to:
The platform has since been developed substantially, to account for growing demand. Updates have included:
Phase 2 (2018-19)
Phase 3 (2019-20)
Phase 4 (2020-21)
Phase 5 (2021-ongoing)
The project was selected as the winning entry of the CMI's 2021 Outstanding Innovation of the Year Award, which represents 'excellent student employability, an enriched student experience and professional recognition by a provider which has made the best of a CMI partnership.'
Over 130 participants have now achieved CMI completions at Levels 6 and 7, across a number of forces.
More than 2,000 workshop places have been sold via a purpose-built, end-to-end booking system. Feedback from the workshops has been incredible, with some saying they are some of the “best workshops they have attended”.
Over 95% of people who attended a workshop would recommend them to their colleagues. Furthermore, they are enabling the targeted under-represented groups—women booked over 60% of workshop places.
The platform has received over 137,000 page views and has nearly 10,000 users. Furthermore, the App has been downloaded over 1,000 times and access and positive feedback continues to grow at an exponential rate.
Webinars now regularly receive 300+ participants, a huge success relative to the initial series.