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College must connect with front-line officers

The College of Policing needs to be better connected to front-line officers, says Steve White, chairman of the Federation of England and Wales.

He was speaking after the announcement that College of Policing CEO Alex Marshall is retiring from policing to take up a role tacking corruption in sport for the International Cricket Council.

Steve 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."

Alex began his career as a police officer in 1980 at the Metropolitan Police Service. He was appointed Chief Constable of Hampshire in 2008 and joined the College of Policing when it was created in 2012.