This article appears in the April 2014 edition of the College newsletter.
Nearly 40 future leaders of the police have completed a rigorous course ahead of taking some top jobs across the service.
Our annual Strategic Command Course prepares future police leaders, including chief constables, to have the skills to carry out some of the most demanding jobs in British policing.
This year's course saw 36 delegates pass, including 22 officers and six police staff. There were also three international police leaders who attended from Cayman Islands, Montserrat and France.
The course, run from our base at Bramshill in Hampshire, had the addition this year of a new business skills section to help future police chiefs and staff to deal with budgetary cuts. As part of the course, candidates had to prepare a paper on diversity and present it before a mock Home Affairs Select Committee hearing.
The Course Director, Surrey Chief Constable Lynne Owens, said this year's candidates were exceptional, adding that leaders in modern policing are challenged more now than ever before.
To further boost the knowledge of candidates, experts were brought in to ensure that course material was grounded in evidence of "what works".
Assistant Course Director Fiona Eldridge said: "The course has produced a pool of operationally credible, professionally competent potential Assistant Chief Constables ready for appointment from this month.
"The 2014 course marked a new chapter in the evolution of the Strategic Command Course. We listened to our members, and internal and external stakeholders, and designed a new course with much more external focus.
"We worked with an external academic partner to deliver the critical business skills element of the course, and our work was challenged and scrutinised by an independent, external academic panel. Senior police staff and other senior leaders from across the public sector are equal partners on the course, which presents an opportunity for all of these senior leaders to engage in a demanding and stretching programme in preparation for transition to executive-level posts."