Senior leaders career pathway workshops

These (previously known as 'career development workshops') are for Chief Inspectors, Superintendents, Chief Superintendents, or equivalent level police staff, who are thinking about applying to attend the Strategic Command Course (SCC) within the next one to five years.

You should identify with a group which is under-represented in senior policing, for example women, Black and Minority Ethnic and/or another under-represented group.

The workshops give an overview of the structure, content and approach to the SCC, and aim to demystify the course.  You will also have the chance to discuss your personal development plans and be matched with a recent SCC graduate to be your mentor. There will be guest speakers who have recently gone through the process themselves.

We will give you as much information as possible to enable you to make an informed decision about whether the SCC is for you, and provide you with career development support. There will be opportunities during the workshop to ask the team questions on a one-to-one basis.

Further developmental opportunities will be available following attendance.

The feedback and impact of these workshops last year was extremely positive, with 95% of attendees stating they were more likely to consider applying for the SCC in future. In 2017, we saw an increase in the diversity of applications to the assessment centres and the 2018 SCC was the most diverse for at least a decade.

Feedback from attendees of the July 2018 workshop:

 "It presented an opportunity to understand the content of the course and assessment, to help me determine when I might be ready and what I need to do and prepare until then."

"Extremely useful. In particular the practical examples and experiences of those successful candidates. It has dispelled some myths I had and has given me the confidence and motivation to succeed."

Workshop dates in 2019

Tuesday 2nd July 2019 - College of Policing, Ryton-on-Dunsmore

Wednesday 27th November 2019 - College of Policing, Ryton-on-Dunsmore

IMPORTANT: if you are applying for the 2020 SCC (the application window being mid-April to mid-June 2019) then the Assessment Processes for the SCC Candidate Briefing Sessions would be more beneficial to you, as will focus on the upcoming process - we will provide details of the Briefing Sessions to all those taking part.

To book your place, or if you have any questions, please email

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