The Police Crime Prevention Academy (PCPA) is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI), the police-owned organisation that works on behalf of the Police Service throughout the UK to deliver a wide range of crime prevention and police demand reduction initiatives.
As part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives, the PCPA is affiliated with the Secured by Design (SBD) initiative, so are the leading experts in delivering Secured by Design standards and guidance. The accredited qualifications offered by the PCPA replaced the crime prevention and designing out crime courses previously offered by the College of Policing.
The occupational experience of PCPA staff combined with PCPA’s links to the Police Service and subject matter experts ensures that the qualifications are kept up to date to keep pace with changing patterns of criminal behaviour. In addition to being the established supplier to the police service for crime prevention learning & development, the PCPA also deliver a number of qualifications to the private sector, customer-facing staff at visitor attractions and key professions involved in urban design such as architects and planners.
Our qualifications and events are open to everyone who is engaged in policing, security and supporting safer communities For more information on how we can help with your training and qualifications needs contact us.
Meet the Team
Guy Collyer has worked at Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI) since January 2017. Within this non-profit organisation, Guy leads the Police Crime Prevention Academy, responsible for delivering qualifications for police, security and other key roles focused on reducing crime in the UK.
Guy spent 30 years in the UK Police Service working in London and Hampshire before being seconded to the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and after, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure. His specialism is the protection of chemical and biological materials. During this time, he also represented the UK on the EU CBRN Task Force and worked closely with other intelligence agencies. In 2011 he was made an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours for public service.
During a 3-year tenure at INTERPOL, Guy was the Head of the BioTerrorism Prevention Unit. During this time, Guy and his team devised many training programs that were delivered around the world, including the creation of a Biosecurity working group in West Africa during the 2014 Ebola outbreak. He also contributed to meetings and working groups within the FBI, UN, WHO and the G7 Global Partnership. Guy was awarded the Afghanistan National Police Medal of Honour in 2014, for his work in developing and delivering Counter Terrorism training programmes.
As well as his work with PCPI, Guy still works as a consultant for the United Nations.
Amanda Mulholland is the Learning and Development Manager for the Police Crime Prevention Academy. Her practitioner experience is rooted in community safety and partnership working within local councils in England and Northern Ireland over 25 years.
Her occupational competence in training development and delivery includes five years as a course director at the Home Office Crime Prevention Centre, developing and delivering new community safety qualifications in Northern Ireland and on-going CPD up to her employment in February 2018 by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives.
Amanda's relevant qualifications currently include the Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practices; the D32/33 assessor award updated to the A1 assessor Award in 2019; and a Certificate in Training Practice. She is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Karen retired from the Metropolitan Police Service at the end of 2020, having served as a police officer for over 30 years. During her service she specialised in numerous roles, the last and most rewarding of which was as a Designing Out Crime Officer in North East London.
In 2019, Karen became the first DOCO to achieve the accredited Level 5 Diploma in Crime Prevention-Designing Out Crime, and she achieved her Level 4 Internal Quality Assurance award in 2020.
Karen has over 20 years experience in education and has undertaken a range of training and assessment activities at regional and National level for private companies, commercial businesses and Public Sector organisations.
Karen holds a Certificate in Education and has been a qualified NVQ assessor for over 20 years. In addition to her training and assessing qualifications, Karen has BSc in Psychology and is a Professional Development Coach and an MBTI practitioner.
Mark joined the Police Crime Prevention Academy in June 2018 after serving for over 30 years in the Metropolitan Police service, primarily as a specialist crime prevention and designing out crime practitioner.
He holds an honours degree in Law from Liverpool University alongside qualifications in both training and workplace assessment, where he assesses both practical classroom work and candidates post-course portfolios of evidence.
Mark supports the overall objective of PCPA, to enhance the quality of the training provided to both the police service and other professional partners. He plays a key role in the production and delivery of accredited crime prevention, problem solving and designing out crime training, for a range of professional job roles.
Pete Connolly MBE served as a Constable in the RUC and PSNI between 1985 and 2015. After undertaking training at the Home Office Crime Reduction College in 1999 (Crime Prevention Officer course) and 2001 (Architectural Liaison Officer course), Pete worked as a CPO and then DOCO in the West Belfast Policing District for over 15 years.
Pete enjoyed significant successes in ‘Community Policing’ and ‘Problem Solving Policing’ by championing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and the ‘Secured by Design’ award scheme, which he used to address local crime hotspot areas in partnership with local community leaders and other stakeholders. This approach was recognised and embraced within the broad community, in that difficult policing environment.
Pete worked on a wide variety of SBD and CPTED projects, which included large estates of public sector housing, schools, the Royal Group of Hospitals, Police Stations and even the Belfast Peace Line structures. He has continued to work in the arena of Designing Out Crime, providing support when needed to police services on projects for Secured by Design and the ‘Park Mark’ Safer Parking Scheme.
In 2011, Pete was honoured with an MBE for services to Community Policing. On retiring from the PSNI in 2015, Pete became a SBD Licensed Consultant. He is a qualified adult educator and an Associate Tutor and Assessor of the Police Crime Prevention Academy.
Rob joined the Academy team in July 2021, having retired from Dyfed- Powys Police as a Designing Out Crime Officer (DOCO) in April 2021.
He was a highly respected DOCO for 18 years and was heavily involved in the All Wales Designing Out Crime Group being the secretary until he retired.
In 2018, Rob won the SbD best small development, and he’s also successfully completed his accredited Level 5 designing out crime qualification. Along with his currency from being a practicing DOCO, Rob also brings a wealth of “hands on” practical crime prevention experience to the Academy team.