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Training and Development Opportunities Available for Superintendents

Police Leadership Programme - Stage 5 (Executive Leaders)

Policing's most senior leadership development course. This replaces the strategic command course (SCC).
The police leadership programme – stage 5 (executive leaders) is a development course for senior leaders in law enforcement. It is designed to equip our future chief officers to lead policing operations and organisations locally, regionally and nationally.

What to expect 

The course includes elements of personal, organisational and operational leadership at the executive level. It focuses on developing:

  • ethical and inclusive leadership
  • business skills
  • political acumen
  • leadership of major policing issues, such as counter terrorism, child protection and nationally significant events

The course is delivered in phases over 12 months. This includes a blended mix of face-to-face, online and experiential learning in role, and work with an executive coach. 

The course enables individuals to identify, understand and improve their personal development areas to support their progression into a chief officer role.

For more information and application dates, visit the College of Policing website.


CPD events

College of Policing events:
More information will be added soon.

For further information on forthcoming events, contact the Senior Leaders Hub team at [email protected].

Strategic Command Course

Information on how to apply for the Strategic Command Course.
A selection process is used to identify individuals who are capable of being an effective chief officer (or equivalent) and can contribute to and benefit from the Strategic Command Course (SCC).

Information and guidance documents can be found on the College of Policing website here.

Superintendents' Toolkit

Online leadership resources
The Superintendents’ Toolkit is part of a range of online leadership resources created by the College of Policing, PSA and partners, to provide easily accessibly information, which officers and staff can access from all force and personal devices, at any time and place.
The toolkit superintendents and chief superintendents in their decision-making process by providing clear guidance on responsibilities, powers and authorities that come with the role. The toolkit also helps newly-promoted or temporarily-promoted superintendents who would like to get a quick understanding of the additional operating powers and procedures.
Workbooks available include ‘stepping up to the superintendent rank’, ‘strategic planning’, leadership and ‘decision making and risk-management’. Officers can also find easy access to up to date legislation and policy documents.
The toolkit was the result of lengthy consultation with the PSA, which was keen to fill the gap in national training provision provided to newly promoted superintendents.
The Superintendents’ Toolkit can be accessed via the College of Policing portal by anyone with a registered account here.

Once registered you can download the app onto force or personal device by searching for College Leadership Learning in the app store.


Peer Support Training

Could you help a colleague?
The PSA has worked with the College of Policing to launch a new training opportunity for members.
The newly developed Peer Support Training equips members with skills to provide help and guidance to members on a range of issues, acting as a critical friend to colleagues needing independent advice.
 PSA Acting President Nick Smart explains, “The welfare and wellbeing of our members is a core priority for us as an association, and this training provides another means by which we can equip our members with the skills they need to support their peers.
“As senior leaders, there are times when all of us could benefit from a listening ear or a third party perspective on the issues we face at work. These training courses offer the framework for us to be able to provide that supportive influence.
 “Everyone who undertakes the training will be logged on our database, so that members can get in touch with the national office at any time to be connected with a trained peer.  
 “I’d like to welcome as many members as possible to sign up to this free, engaging opportunity and to give something back to colleagues. In the coming weeks we'll also be encouraging anyone who would benefit from being connected to a peer to get in touch with us.”
New training course dates will be published soon.
Courses are open to any members, including acting and temporary superintendents, and those who are new to association. The courses run from 0900-1230.  To register your interest, email [email protected]