Strategic Command Course

The Strategic Command Course (SCC) prepares police officers and staff for promotion to the most senior ranks in the service.

This course is open to police officers at Superintendent and Chief Superintendent ranks, and staff at equivalent grades, from all UK forces who have shown the potential to progress further in their careers. It is a statutory requirement for officers seeking promotion to Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) and above.
Application Process:
Those who would like to attend the SCC should complete the SCC application process form. This form should be used by:

  • Police officers applying to attend the Senior Police National Assessment Centre (Senior PNAC) to attain a place on the SCC
  • Police staff applying to attend the Senior Police Staff Assessment Process to attain a place on the SCC
  • Assistant Chief Officers (ACOs) applying to attend the SCC
  • Those from external agencies applying to attend the SCC
  • The form should be submitted by the deadline which is as follows:
  • 31 July for those applying to attend Senior PNAC or the Senior Police Staff Assessment Centre to attain a place on the SCC
  • 12 October for ACOs and external applicants applying directly to the SCC

The 2017 application process has been updated following a review of the entry routes to the SCC. All applicants will now complete the same form.

The 2017 application form documentation can be downloaded from the right hand side bar of this page.

Senior PNAC/Senior Police Staff Information Session

The College of Policing is offering the opportunity to attend Information Sessions for Senior PNAC and Senior Police Staff Assessment Process. These sessions are open to Chief Superintendents, Superintendents and police staff of equivalent grades who are, or are considering, applying to attend Senior PNAC/Senior Police Staff Assessment Process in 2017 or the coming years.
The information sessions will provide information about the assessment centre to demystify the process. There will also be the opportunity to have any questions answered by the team.
There are two sessions available:

Friday 28 July at College of Policing Ryton
Tuesday 8 August in London (venue TBC)

If you are unavailable to attend a session in person, the slide deck will be made available on the internet.
If you would like to register your interest to attend the event then please email  by Wednesday 19 July.

The course

The course aims to produce a pool of operationally credible, professionally competent potential Assistant Chief Constables ready for appointment from April 2017.  The course also provides an opportunity for senior police staff and leaders from across the public sector to engage in a demanding and stretching programme in preparation for transition to executive level posts.  

The course is delivered through a combination of highly demanding strategic exercises, lectures from leading external speakers bringing personal experiences of leadership at the strategic level and academic expertise as well as a range of online learning. In addition to this, delegates will complete a series of assignments designed to expand their thinking and apply learning back in the workplace.

The SCC is one part of the overall development for executive leadership. This will continue once the individual is in post through continuing professional development.

What is covered in the course?

The content of the course can be grouped into three main elements:

​Professional PolicingQualified operational police commanders ready now to be appointed to Chief Officer roles across the UK.​
Business PartnershipsAccountable public sector leaders with executive business skills able to lead and transform high profile multi-million pound public sector organisations with integrity whilst safeguarding the public and the reputation of all concerned.​
Leadership and EthicsResilient, confident, emotionally intelligent, ethical, politically astute leaders with clear values and vision with credibility as public sector leaders at the executive level.​

Preparing for the Strategic Command Course

Delegates will be allocated to an executive coach who will work with them throughout the course. There will be a requirement to complete some self-study in preparation for the start of the programme.

Senior PNAC officer candidates who have not already attended the Gold Public Order Commanders Course, Strategic Firearms Command Course, Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command or, if senior investigators, PIP4 are strongly encouraged to attend one of these courses prior to the start of the SCC.  The PPS module is designed to build on operating as Gold and then take the learning to a more strategic level.

Details for all the courses can be found by clicking here.

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