The College of Policing is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience regardless of ability.

The internet has helped to change the way people work and communicate. We would like to give control to the user and let them decide how they will view the site. The website offers accessibility options that are easy to discover, understand and select.

The site aims to achieve overall compliance with the Web Accessibility Initiative’s (WAI) guidelines.

Web accessibility initiative

This website endeavours to conform to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. The Accessibility Guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities. Conformance to these guidelines helps to make the web more accessible to users with disabilities and benefits all users.

The colours used on this site are AA compliant and have been checked against the WCAG 2.0 contrast ratio formula. We don’t use colour alone to convey vital information.

There may be some pages that do not conform to all the guidelines. While every effort is made to ensure that the whole site conforms, this is an ongoing process and some content may not yet reach the standards in all areas.

If you have any problems accessing any information on the site, please email us and we will endeavour to fix the problem or provide the information in an appropriate format.

W3C validation service

This website is built using code compliant with W3C standards for XHTML and cascading style sheets (CSS).

W3C is the governing authority on web development standards and practices. The site displays correctly with recent versions of the most popular browsers, and using standard XHTML code means that any future browsers should also display this website correctly. If you have a problem viewing any part of this website in your browser, email .

Text size

If you need to increase the size of the text on our website, most browsers allow you to do this using your keyboard.

  • Ctrl‘ and ‘+‘ to zoom in (use ‘Cmd‘ and ‘+‘ on a Mac)
  • Ctrl‘ and ‘‘ to zoom out (use ‘Cmd‘ and ‘‘ on a Mac)
  • Ctrl‘ and ‘0 to return the page to normal size (use ‘Cmd‘ and ‘0‘ on a Mac).

Magnify the screen

If increasing the text size doesn’t make the text easy to see, you could try magnifying your screen. Most computer operating systems allow you to do this.

Select the Start button, then ‘Control Panel‘, then ‘Ease of Access‘, then ‘Ease of Access Center’.

Under ‘Quick Access to common tools’ select ‘Start Magnifier’.

Select the ‘Start‘ button or press the Windows logo key.

Select ‘Programs‘ then press ‘Enter‘, select ‘Accessories‘ then press ‘Enter‘, select ‘Accessibility‘ then press ‘Enter‘, select ‘Magnifier‘ then press ‘Enter‘.

The magnifier will now be turned on and the settings box will display.

You can click in the magnification level box to change the level of magnification or use the up and down arrow keys.

You can also minimise the magnifier settings box by clicking the minimise button or by pressing ‘Alt‘ and ‘Space‘ and then press ‘N‘.

Open the ‘Finder‘ then select the ‘Apple‘ menu, select ‘System Preferences…‘, select the ‘Universal Access‘ icon.

Select the ‘Seeing‘ tab then select the ‘Turn on Zoom‘ button.

To zoom in press ‘Alt‘ and ‘Cmd‘ and ‘+‘. This zooms to your maximum level of magnification set in ‘Zoom Options…‘. The preview rectangle (black bordered box) shows the area of the screen that you will see at maximum zoom.

To step back or zoom out press ‘Alt‘ and ‘Cmd‘ and ‘‘. Move your mouse around the screen to view the magnified page.

To change the maximum and minimum zoom settings select ‘Zoom Options…‘, then:

  • use the ‘Maximum Zoom‘ gauge bar to increase or decrease the magnification level
  • use the ‘Minimum Zoom‘ gauge bar to increase or decrease the magnification level.

When you have finished select ‘Done‘ and, finally, select ‘Close‘ (red button at the top of the ‘Universal Access‘ window) to return to the Finder desktop.

To turn magnification on or off at any time, press ‘Alt‘ and ‘Cmd‘ and ‘*‘.


All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT attributes.

Visual design

This site uses CSS for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable.