Mentoring is a relationship in which a more experienced or knowledgeable person offers support, advice and guidance to help a less experienced person develop and progress

  • the focus is on career and personal development
  • the mentee identifies when advice, guidance and support is required
  • mentors usually have a specific professional role in the organisation/situation. They possess a wide range of knowledge, skills, and networks useful to the mentee
  • the agenda is set by the mentee, with the mentor providing support - possibly to prepare them for future roles.

Where can I find a mentor?

College of Policing's mentor scheme

This is open to all.

Details of this will be available online shortly, but in the meantime please email for more information.

Police Superintendents' Association Coaching and Mentoring Programme

(in collaboration with the College of Policing)

This is open to all, and details can be found here.

There are more than 700 mid-senior level police leaders trained to provide a programme of one-to-one support. The site includes contact details of coach/mentors listed by force, so you can make a choice and contact them directly to check availability and discuss your requirements.

Mentoring for Chief Constables

This service is available for both new and more established Chief Constables - we have a list of experienced Chief Constables who have volunteered to mentor a more recently appointed peer.

Please contact us at for more information.


Mentoring for Deputy Chief Constables 

This is for both new and more established Deputy Chief Constables (and police staff equivalents).

We have a list of experienced DCCs who have volunteered to mentor a more recently appointed peer.

Please contact us at for more information.

Mentoring for Assistant Chief Constables and ACOs

This is for both new and more established Assistant Chief Constables (and police staff equivalents).

We have a list of experienced ACCs who have volunteered to mentor a more recently appointed peer.  If you are an ACO, and would consider mentoring a newer ACO, please get in touch.

Please contact us at for more information.

Reverse Mentoring

Traditional mentoring schemes involve a mentor who is more senior than the mentee, drawing on their seniority and experience to help facilitate a mentee's development.  Reverse Mentoring, as the name suggests, reverses these roles.  Frontline policing professionals are trained as mentors, and are matched with senior leaders who are then the mentees. 

Please see this page for more information.



In addition, a Chief Officer level mentor is offered to women candidates prior to taking part in the Assessment Processes for the SCC by the Women's Chief Officer Network, and all those who attend the Senior Leaders Development Centre (subject to availability). In both cases, we will contact those eligible.

Likewise, in time for the next SCC, we will have a 'Buddy' scheme in place for students who would find that useful - this will be someone who has been through the assessment process themselves relatively recently, understands what that feels like, and who can offer advice, guidance, and support. There would also be scope for this to extend beyond the course into a longer term mentoring relationship if both parties wanted that.


What does it cost?

There is no charge for any of the mentoring services.


Are you interested in becoming a mentor yourself?

As we strive to provide development opportunities for our future Chief Officers, a lot of the work (including mentoring) would not be possible without the help of those of you who very generously give up time to support less experienced colleagues.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor yourself in any of the categories above, we would love to hear from you –  we are particularly in need of ACO mentors. at the moment Please email for more information, stating which area(s) of mentoring above you would like to help with.

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