Learning the Lessons

Our magazine to help improve police policy and practice.

Learning the Lessons aims to improve police policy and practice. It supports the police service to learn from our investigations and reviews into complaints and conduct matters. Each issue of the magazine focuses on a particular theme and brings together a series of case studies, including reflective questions for those working in policing. Learning the Lessons is for both frontline officers and staff, and those working in policy, learning or management roles in policing.

Alongside case studies, the magazine explores work happening across the IOPC, in local police forces, and in national organisations like the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs’ Council. The magazine is supported by:

Logos of organisations which support the Learning the Lessons magazine: College of policing, HMICFRS, Home Office, National Police Chiefs' Council, Police Federation, Police Superintendents' Association, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Use the case factor table to find Learning the Lessons articles on specific themes or operational areas. Our force response log lists all the reflective questions we’ve asked across all issues of Learning the Lessons. Read more about how we create the magazine in our ‘Making the magazine’ blog.

Previous issues of Learning the Lessons are available on the National Archive.


Do you have ideas about what you would like to see in future issues of Learning the Lessons? Or feedback on a recent issue? We’d like to hear it.

Get involved

We have a virtual panel who support us in the development of future issues. Panel members represent policing, the community and voluntary sector, and academia. If you are interested to find our more, get in touch.


Find out more about our how we hold police forces to account for their performance in complaint handling and work with our external policing stakeholders to identify issues, improvement action and effective, shareable practice.