Senior Leadership


The Senior Leadership Programme (SLP) provides delegates the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in a number of key areas, supporting individual career development as well as organisational and operational effectiveness. It is currently delivered free of charge for officers and staff from Home Office Forces. Our main delivery sites are at Ryton near Coventry and Harperley Hall near Durham. 

Who should attend

​The SLP has been designed for newly promoted Chief Inspectors, Superintendents and equivalent Police Staff. In the case of Forces which have removed the Chief Inspector rank, Inspectors who are on an Inspector to Superintendent development programme will be eligible to attend. Delegates from other law enforcement agencies / public sector organisations are welcome to apply.

Course modules

Executive Skills

This module is designed to equip you with the skills to lead in a complex environment where effective and authentic leadership and the ability to influence others is essential.  This module explores leadership styles, emotional intelligence, conflict management and the use of coaching as a leader. You will need to complete a 360 feedback tool and MBTI assessment before attending this module.

'I attended the course with a low expectation that it was just going to be another leadership course. How wrong I was, I thoroughly enjoyed the course, I felt that all of the content was very relevant and thought provoking and the course was delivered by very knowledgeable and engaging trainers. First class!'

‘This course truly inspired me and the concepts made perfect sense. I have come back with a real desire to pass on this information and give something back to my staff, hence I have submitted a proposal already as it was a real "Eureka" moment for me’.

Valuing Difference and Inclusion

The aim of this module is for you to develop an in-depth understanding of the value of a diverse workforce. As a result of attending this module, you will also be able to articulate the strategic business case for valuing difference and inclusion within an organisational context.
‘Overall, great trainers and a good group of candidates who had a wealth of experience from both police and civilian backgrounds. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and I have taken a lot from the knowledge within the room’.

‘Fantastic, thought provoking and hugely valuable’.

Business Skills

This module will enable you to be more effective in managing people, performance, change, finance and resources, in a fluid and challenging working environment. Additional subjects explored will include systems thinking, police futures and the health and wellbeing agenda within an organisational context.

‘Really relevant to today's policing landscape. Overall, it made some challenging and potentially dull areas of business relevant and current and provided me with the skills I need in today's workplace’.

‘A very well thought out programme, which was very well delivered, by tutors who had broad operational experience, who were able to introduce their experience where appropriate into various elements of the course’.

 Command Skills

This module is designed to provide you with the skills to improve your effectiveness in managing and commanding critical incidents. This module includes sessions on decision making, the use of the National Decision Model, risk principles and human rights. The HYDRA immersive learning environment is used to consolidate the learning on this module.
Delegates who are not serving police officers are not required to attend this module in order to complete the SLP.

‘The module was a good example of the quality of teaching that can be achieved by facilitating the sharing of knowledge amongst competent, experienced professionals. It took us from knowing but not recognising many of the issues, to being truly cognisant of them and how they can be applied to assist our decision making’.

‘I couldn’t believe it but my first day back at work I called two critical incidents (both high risk MFH’s) and then sat as police silver for the response to the flooding in --------. The skills I picked up on the course certainly helped, so thank you very much!’

Assessment Processes / Accreditation Details

The SLP is not an accredited or assessed programme, however through attendance on the programme you will have the opportunity to complete a Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification. The qualifications are vocationally based and relevant to your role / position. The work based assignments set by the CMI and the College of Policing provide a clear pathway for you to provide evidence of your leadership knowledge and skills. CMI qualifications at Level 7 portray practical skills and competences that are rated in academic terms as being comparable to Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Postgraduate Certificates.
To achieve the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership you will need to have completed the SLP and in addition you will be required to complete two CMI Units, which will be independently assessed.
The opportunity to complete the qualification is at a substantially reduced rate than if accessed outside the College with the candidate responsible only for CMI registration, which is currently £156. The assessment, verification and administration costs for delegates from Home Office Forces are currently being met by the College. The CMI and the College of Policing also offer a variety of study resources to support the candidate throughout the assessment process.

Special Constabulary Senior Leadership Programme

The College of Policing also offers the Specials Constabulary (SC) Senior Leadership Programme. This programme has been developed to give SC Chief Inspectors and Inspectors operating at Chief Inspector level the learning and development opportunities which are available to regular colleagues who attend the Senior Leadership Programme. This is a four day programme which is spread over two weekends.

Additional Information.

The SLP is provided free of charge to Home Office Forces, cancellation fees will apply.
Costs for Non-Home Office Forces:​

Course ​Cost
​Executive Skills​£1200
​Valuing Difference and Inclusion ​£1200
​Business Skills​£1400
Command Skills​£1200
​Special Constabulary Leadership Programme​£1600
​CMI Assessment Costs​£500

In order to apply for the SLP please complete the Application Form and email to the contact address below.

Phone: +44 (0) 1256 602300


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