About us

What is APP?

Authorised Professional Practice (APP) is developed and owned by the College of Policing (the professional body for policing) and can be accessed online.

The content of APP is subject to scrutiny by the College’s Legal Services Unit to ensure that the product is legally accurate and compliant with diversity good practice. For further information on the steps taken in the development of APP see equality impact statement.

APP is authorised by the College of Policing as the official source of professional practice on policing. Police officers and staff are expected to have regard to APP in discharging their responsibilities. There may, however, be circumstances when it is perfectly legitimate to deviate from APP, provided there is clear rationale for doing so.

About the College

We’re the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales. Our purpose is to provide those working in policing with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent crime, protect the public and secure public trust.