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)

Application Form

Those who would like to attend the SCC should complete the SCC application form and biographical data monitoring form. These 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
  • Assistant Chief Officers applying to attend the SCC
  • Those from external agencies applying to attend the SCC

 

When is the SCC 2021 Application Window?

The window for applications to attend the SCC in 2021 will open on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

The application window for applicants applying to the SCC via the Assessment Processes for the SCC (Senior PNAC and Senior Police Staff Assessment Process) will close on Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 11:59pm.

The closing date for direct applications to attend the SCC will be confirmed in due course.

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

The SCC 2021 application documents are not yet available to download.  They will be uploaded to this webpage when the application window opens.  For reference only, the SCC 2020 application documents are available to download and view.  

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.

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.

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.

What is the AP for the SCC?

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.

When is the AP for the SCC?

To attend the SCC 2021 individuals will need to attend the AP for the SCC in 2020.  The delivery window is expected to be between Thursday 16 April 2020 to Thursday 5 May 2020.  Specific intake dates will be provided within the application form.

What reference documents are available?

​​For reference only, the documents for the AP for the SCC 2019 are available to download and view.

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 the AP for the SCC September 2019 the slide deck is available to download.  Information about future events will be available on the Assessment processes briefing sessions page.


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: seniorselection@college.pnn.police.uk

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