Senior Leaders Development Centre

These are intensive two-day sessions for substantive 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.

Typically you will be someone who leads a large and/or complex area of your organisation.

The Senior Leaders Development Centre (SLDC) mirrors the environment of an executive level assessment centre in order to provide you with a realistic experience. You will have the opportunity to focus on your strengths and areas for development, which will support your progression in the workplace and towards chief officer roles.

You will complete assessment exercises, equivalent to those used in the assessment process for the SCC, and then participate in one-to-one feedback discussions with qualified assessors to identify key learning points to develop your approach to similar tasks and issues back in the workplace. 

In addition, you will explore the exercises through facilitated group discussions with peers and assessors, as well as being encouraged to commit time to self-reflection to really optimise this learning opportunity.

You will be supported through further developmental opportunities both prior to and following attendance. This will help you identify further opportunities to master your development areas back in the workplace.

Date of next Development Centre  *TO BE CONFIRMED*

The SLDC takes place at the College of Policing, Harperley Hall, and there are usually several 2-day sessions ('intakes') - it is a requirement to attend 2 consecutive days.

To register your interest in attending, please email

SCC visitor days

Following the SLDC, you will be invited to join students on the Strategic Command Course (SCC) for half a day, to experience how the SCC is delivered and to learn more about the course.  You will meet with the students over lunch, and participate in one or more of the day's sessions. Later, you will join one of the syndicate groups, to reflect on the day's learning. You will not be put on the spot, and there is no obligation to apply for the SCC after attending – however, through demystifying the process and giving you a better understanding of what is involved, we hope you might be encouraged to consider applying in the future.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

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