Applying to 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)


Those who would like to attend the SCC 2021 should complete the Application Form and Biographical Data Monitoring form, which will be available on this page asap. 

The forms should be used by:

  • Police officers applying to attend the Senior Police National Assessment Centre 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

  • Those from external agencies applying to attend the SCC


When is the SCC 2021 application window?

Thursday 3 December 2020 – 11.59pm on Thursday 4 February 2021:

for those applying to attend Senior PNAC or the Senior Police Staff Assessment Centre May 2021, to attain a place on the SCC 2021.

Up until 11.59pm on Sunday 30 May 2021:

for those  applying to the SCC 2021 from external agencies  (and who will not be taking part in the assessment process).

What documents are there to support applications to the 2021 SCC?

The  following documents for application to the SCC 2021 will be available to download at a later date.  

      • Guidance Notes
      • Application Form
      • Biographical Data Monitoring Form   

What happens if my application is successful?

​​If you will be attending the Assessment Processes for the SCC, then following the close of the application window you will be contacted to confirm your specific intake.  If you are applying directly to the SCC via the application form then a member of the SCC team will contact you to provide the outcome.

What is the Assessment Processes for the SCC?

The Assessment Processes for the SCC (AP for the SCC) is an umbrella term for:

  • Senior Police National Assessment Centre (Senior PNAC) which is undertaken by police officers of substantive Superintendent or Chief Superintendent rank.  For police officers, passing Senior PNAC and the SCC is a pre-requisite for applying for Commander, Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable roles. 
  • Senior Police Staff Assessment Centre which is undertaken by police staff of an equivalent grade to superintendent and Chief Superintendent rank.

It is an assessment centre, which is an assessment technique that uses multiple assessors and multiple types of assessment exercises.  Candidates are given multiple opportunities to demonstrate the competencies and values necessary to demonstrate effective performance at Chief Officer level.  The candidate's final assessment is based on their performance across all of the assessment exercises.

The AP for the SCC identifies those who are capable of being an effective chief officer and can contribute to and benefit from the SCC. Individuals who are successful during these assessment processes are then eligible to attend the SCC.  From there individuals will be able to take on the most senior leadership roles in policing.

When is the AP for the SCC?

For the 2021 SCC, individuals will need to attend the AP in Spring 2021.  The delivery window is expected to be between Thursday 6 May 2021 to Thursday 29 May 2021.  Specific intake dates will be listed in the application form.

What reference documents are available?

These documents for the AP for the 2021 SCC are available to view/download for info:

Can I attend an event about the next AP for the SCC?

Candidate Briefing Sessions are run before each delivery of the AP for the SCC, for those who will be taking part.  Further details can be found on this page.

For information, the presentation slides used at the last briefing session (ahead of the September 2019 AP), are available to download here:  

How are my individual needs accommodated at the AP for the SCC?

If you have individual circumstances that you believe may affect your attendance at or performance in the AP for the SCC then please refer to the Accommodations and Reasonable Adjustment policy under "What reference documents are available?".  This document provides details of candidates with a disability, neurodiversity or other influencing factor may apply for a reasonable adjustment or accommodation of their needs.

If, after reading the policy, you have any queries regarding your situation then please contact the team using the email address below to arrange to discuss your circumstances.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, or would like further details, please get in touch:

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