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About us

The Police Crime Prevention Academy (the Academy) is part of Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI), 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 Academy is affiliated with the Secured by Design (SBD) initiative, and so are the leading experts in delivering Secured by Design standards and guidance 

The experience of the Academy trainers combined with the Academy’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 Academy 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 online courses are open to everyone who is engaged in policing, security and supporting safer communities. 

Meet the team

Amanda Mulholland

Learning & Development Manager

Amanda is the Academy’s Learning and Development Manager with line management responsibility for the Academy team.  She’s the initial point of contact for individuals and organisations making enquiries about training, and she also works closely with the Academy’s Lead IQAV to ensure the highest quality learner journey from end to end. Read more...

Karen White

Lead Internal Quality Assurance Verifier (IQAV)

Karen retired from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) at the end of 2020, having served as a police officer for over 30 years. During her service, she worked in a number of specialised roles, the last of which was as a Designing Out Crime Officer (DOCO) in North East London.

In 2019 Karen became the first DOCO to achieve the Level 5 Diploma in Crime Prevention - Designing Out Crime qualification. Read more...

Mark O'Callaghan

Internal Quality Assurance Verifier (IQAV), Tutor and Assessor

Mark joined the 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, workplace assessment and internal quality assurance. Read more...

Pete Connolly MBE

Tutor and Assessor

Pete Connolly MBE retired from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, in 2015. He spent the latter half of his thirty-year career in community policing, working as a specialist Crime Prevention Design Advisor. Pete enjoyed significant successes in ‘Community Policing’ and ‘Problem Solving Policing’ by championing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Read more...

Rob Chapman

Tutor and Assessor

Rob joined the Academy team in July 2021, having been a highly-respected Designing Out Crime Officer (DOCO) with Dyfed- Powys for 18 years.  As a DOCO, he was heavily involved in the All Wales Designing Out Crime Group being the secretary until his retirement, and he won the SBD best small development in 2018. Read more...

For more information on how we can help with your training and qualifications needs contact us.