Inside policing


What makes a good cop?

Ep. 3

People from across policing explore the question, 'What makes a good cop?'


Sgt Richard Horton (retired), Lancashire Constabulary, on what he'd expect from new recruits and officers in his team.

PC Michelle Wright, Greater Manchester Police, shares insight about her new career in the police.

Marcus Griffiths, Policing Standards Manager at the College, discusses ethics, professional standards and support available from the College.

Louise Hodgson, Head of Workforce Development at the College, talks about assessment and initial training.


01:13 Sgt Richard Horton

02:35 Super recognisers – special ability to recognise faces

02:40 Football spotter

02:43 Public order

02:51 DV domestic violence

03:27 Tutor con – tutor constable

03:47 Lawful use of coercive force

05:41 Officer and staff safety

06:57 PDR – professional development review

19:20 Professional standards

20:52 PC Michelle Wright

25:05 Mental health policing

29:05 Communication, engaging communities

32:53 Marcus Griffiths

33:51 Code of Ethics

36:36 National decision model

38:12 Guidance on outcomes of misconduct proceedings

39:01 Resources for reflective practice

41:40 Louise Hodgson

43:05 Competency and values framework (CVF)

45:40 Assessment process

47:12 Initial training for police constables

51:06 Evidence-based policing

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Policing the pandemic

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