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.

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.

Development Centre 2019

​The expression of interest window for the SLDC will be open between 31st July 2019 - 16th September 2019.  The expression of interest form is published on this page.  Please download the form on the right of this page and complete and return to

The College of Policing Selection and Assessments' Policy on Accommodations and Reasonable Adjustments is also available for download to the right of this page.

The development centre window will be between 6th and 17th November 2019, at the College of Policing, Harperley Hall.  Specific dates for sessions within this window will be published in the expression of interest form.  Please note it will be a requirement to attend 2 consecutive days.


A year or more must elapse between attending an SLDC and applying to attend the Assessment Processes for the SCC (Senior PNAC or The Senior Police Staff Assessment Process for the SCC).  The Assessment Processes for the SCC are moving to the spring of each year from 2020, from this point the spring Assessment Processes will select the students for the next SCC starting the following January. You therefore cannot attend the November 2019 SLDC if you intend to apply for the Assessment Processes that will be held in spring 2020 for the January 2021 SCC.

The tables below will help you to plan if/when you attend an SLDC.  The SLDC aims to support your personal development as a senior leader and help you to identify the areas of development to focus on to assist you to progress towards the SCC and Chief Officer roles in the future.  It is not designed to be a practice assessment centre for those who are ready to apply for the next Assessment Processes.

SCC 2020 
Application window 10 April to 11 June 2019
Assessment ProcessesLate September 2019
SCC January-March 2020
Attended SLDC Sep 2018Can apply for SCC 2020


SCC 2021 
Application window late 2019
Assessment ProcessesSpring 2020
SCC January to March 2021
Attended SLDC Sep 2018Can apply for SCC 2021
Attend SLDC Nov 2019 Can't attend this SLDC if you intend to apply for SCC 2021


SCC 2022 
Application window late 2020
Assessment Processesspring 2021
SCC January to March 2022
Attended SLDC Sep 2018Can apply for SCC 2022
Attend SLDC Nov 2019Can apply for SCC 2022
Attend SLDC Nov 2020 Can't attend this SLDC if you intend to apply for SCC 2022


If you would like to attend, or if you have any questions, please email


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