Accessibility statement

This accessibility statement applies to the College of Policing’s Authorised Professional Practice (APP).

APP is run by the College of Policing, which is the professional body for the police service in England and Wales. It is authorised by the College of Policing as the official source of professional practice on policing.

Advice on accessing the content

You can access our content in a way that suits your needs or preferences by:

  • changing colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • zooming in up to 200% without any loss of content
  • navigating most of the website using only a keyboard
  • navigating most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listening to most of the website using a screen reader

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How to request alternative formats

If you have any problems accessing our content, please contact us at to request an alternative format.

How to report accessibility issues

If you experience any accessibility issues while using our website, please contact us at to let us know.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The College of Policing is committed to making its websites accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. The MLE and its associated content is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Content that’s not accessible

The content listed below is not accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

We are aware that some of the content does not comply with the regulations.

  • The carousel on the home page has some accessibility issues as keyboard users can’t control it and it constantly alters the heading structure on the page
  • Custom tooltips are included on some pages, which are not accessible to keyboard users
  • The focus indicator is not always visible
  • There is an issue with the responsive layouts, which may result in scrolling horizontally on smaller mobile phones
  • The menu on the Consultation page does not meet the minimum required contrast
  • Some hyperlinks may not be obvious enough as they are identified by colour alone
  • Some images do not have alt text
  • There are some images of text
  • The purpose of some links are not clear
  • There is one video which does not have captions or a transcript
  • Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible
  • There are a couple of Excel spreadsheets which are not accessible
  • Status messages are not automatically read out by screen readers

Disproportionate burden

Within the next year, the current APP website is due to be retired. The content will be migrated to the new College website, which users will be able to access by September 2021. Therefore, we believe it is in the best interest of our users to focus on developing the new website instead of fixing all the accessibility issues relating to the APP.

Outside the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. Any new PDFs we publish will meet accessibility standards.

Video and audio

The accessibility regulations do not apply to any audio or video recorded and published before 23rd September 2020. Any new video and audio we publish will meet accessibility standards.

How we tested this website

College of Policing staff tested this website in September 2020 using Silktide, Wave, NVDA and ChromeVox.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

Due to the disproportionate burden mentioned above, we won’t fix all the accessibility issues but we will implement some of the more straight-forward fixes as part of our normal workflow.

The College of Policing first published this statement on 23 October 2013. It was last updated on 23 September 2020.