Lynne Foster is an Account Director at Premier Partnership.

I am looking forward to attending the Police Foundation Annual Conference 2018 (#PFConf18) on 24 October. This year’s event is all about innovation and learning in policing so as the lead training provider in the recently launched Police Degree Apprenticeship Consortium (PDAC) with years of experience of delivering learning and development solutions to police services across the UK, it is right up our street!

Founded in 1979, the Police Foundation is the only independent think tank focused exclusively on improving policing and developing knowledge and understanding of policing and crime reduction. It works with the police and their partners to generate evidence, produce research and develop ideas which create change to deliver better policing and a safer society.

The Foundation’s conference, which brings the police and their partners together to share best practice on some of the big policing issues of the day, comes at an interesting time for skills development in the sector. As discussed in this recent blog by the Police Foundation, innovation is critical to the success of policing, particularly in the digital age and at a time when we are facing the challenges of austerity budget cuts (see the news about the president of the Police Superintendent’s Association warning that some police services are “on the verge of a crisis”). Learning and development of police officers at all levels is central to this to ensure that their skills and knowledge requirements are evolving with the evolving needs of the public they serve.

With the introduction of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship as one of the entry routes into the policing profession (and available to existing employees at all levels) and initiatives such as the new Digital Policing Programme, there is already a big step-change in the thinking behind and delivery of policing training. We’re proud to be at the forefront of this but our big challenge is to constantly keep developing learning and development solutions so that they are relevant to current trends and needs. As policing changes, those within the police service at all levels need to be ahead of the curve and ready to face future challenges.

Speakers at this month’s conference include Chief Constable and CEO of the College of Policing Mike Cunningham, and Police & Crime Commissioner for Sussex and Chair of the Police ICT Company Katy Bourne. I will  be reporting back on their insights and information gathered from the other sessions throughout the day.


Find out more about the Police Degree Apprenticeship Consortium and our work with police services  HERE