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Statement on of launch of disclosure action plan

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, College of Policing CEO, said:

“The role of the police in any investigation is to secure and preserve evidence. 

“We want to ensure officers and staff are supported to make the improvements being set out today and have access to the best available learning for disclosure. To date we have produced detailed disclosure learning standards, guidance and training tools for forces to implement locally, but this is just one part of the solution.

“We must be sure the criminal justice system works together to achieve sustained improvements to disclosure practice. This will involve cultural change and strong leadership to influence the mind-sets of officers and staff responsible for meeting disclosure requirements. We will support leaders and champions in forces and across the criminal justice service to achieve this.”

Contact Information

James Baker

Press Officer

College of Policing

0203 8370435

Notes to editors

  • From January 2017 the College provided updated online training for officers on disclosure.
  • The College has produced a video called ‘Disclosure (relevance and disclosure test for unused material)’ to help officers and staff to understand their roles and responsibilities around disclosure (June 2017)
  • From March 2018 the College will be delivering regional awareness workshops to address disclosure issues highlighted in recent cases.
  • The College of Policing is working with the Crown Prosecution Service and the National Police Chiefs’ Council to review, by January 2019, whether there should be a requirement for officers to hold a Licence to Practise in respect of disclosure.
  • The College of Policing is the professional body for the police in England and Wales – responsible for knowledge, standards and education.