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.
Prior to this, Guy spent 30 years in the UK Police Service and 3 years at INTERPOL with a focus on Counter Terrorism issues. As National Coordinator for Biological Security, Guy was the author of a number of publications including ‘Personnel Security Standards for Laboratories’. The aim of this guidance was to combat the insider threat and protect high risk biological materials. Guy went on to work on projects aimed at protecting the critical national infrastructure within the UK.
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 delivery programs that were delivered around the world, including the creation of a Biosecurity working group in West Africa during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
Guy has been the author of 6 UK Government publications and published in a number of peer reviewed journals. In 2002 he was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List, for public service.
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.
Karen achieved her IQA qualification in January 2020 and was appointed as the Academy's permanent IQA Verifier on 1st October 2021 after providing that service for the Academy for the previous 18 months.
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.
Paul served in the Metropolitan Police for 30 years specialising in Air Support and particularly in the use of airborne TV and Thermal imaging systems.
On retiring Paul was appointed Borough Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for the Borough of Barnet increasing membership from 200 NHW’s to over 3000 active groups. It was during this period that he developed a keen interest in crime prevention and its practical application to Barnet residents.
Paul joined the Academy in 2018 as the Academy Administrator.
David has extensive experience of crime prevention education. As a training officer at the Home Office Crime Prevention College, David trained hundreds of students from the police and local authorities. David is also the author of the distance learning packages, Home Security and Passport to Evaluation. From 2001 to 2005, David was the training team leader at the College.
David also worked at Skills for Justice as their Implementation Project Manager, and as a self-employed crime prevention training consultant. David Fernley is now an Associate Assessor for the Crime Prevention Academy.
When not working as an assessor, David is researching and writing his family history, photographing the Yorkshire countryside, and walking his dog.