Leadership development advisory group

Leadership development in policing is changing. To ensure this change meets the needs of policing, the College is looking to build a diverse group of leaders to help shape and implement the new approach.

It is essential that leaders have the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours to deal effectively with the complex challenges faced by policing now and in the future. The College is committed to enabling leaders in policing to be the best they can be.

Who can apply?

We are looking for leaders in policing across all ranks/grades and roles with a proven commitment to leadership development. Experience of developing, coaching or mentoring staff, ideally in leadership and management, is desirable. You will need your line manager's support and be a member of the College of Policing.

What will the leadership development advisory group do?

As a member of the advisory group, you will be expected to use your knowledge and expertise as a leader in policing to influence the revised approach by:

  • contributing ideas and suggestions
  • critically reviewing and user-testing leadership development concepts, communications, documents and learning resources
  • acting as an ambassador for leadership development and providing a representative view
  • committing to work with the College for one year, attending a monthly audio conference and a quarterly face-to-face workshop (as required), amounting to approximately one day's work per month.

How is leadership development changing?

Shifting from a one-size-fits-all approach with a heavy reliance on classroom-based training and a disproportionate provision for senior and executive leaders, the revised leadership development approach features:

  • A blended approach to learning, using a range of options to suit individual needs, preferences and starting points
  • An emphasis on individuals taking personal responsibility for their own development
  • Support from workplace coaches and mentors
  • An inclusive offer for all leaders in policing at all ranks and grades
  • Member-only products and services
  • Specific products for under-represented groups in policing; options include:
  • a virtual learning environment to support generic leadership development, learning and qualifications at levels 6, 7 and 8 (awards, certificates and diplomas)
  • core policing learning modules with complementary workshops, seminars, online learning, etc.
  • individual coaching, mentoring and psychometric assessment tools.
  • A range of formal and informal learning; incorporating work-based, digital and face-to-face options from a variety of sources.

What are the benefits for me?

As part of this leadership development advisory group, you can contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD) by:

  • influencing the approach to leadership development across policing
  • networking with other leaders in policing across the country, sharing ideas and practice
  • challenging your thinking and gaining new perspectives on what works for leadership in policing
  • having priority access to leadership development opportunities.

How do I apply?

To apply or to discuss this further, simply send an expression of interest to dawn.adams@college.pnn.police.uk and describe in no more than 500 words why you think you would be a suitable member of the reference group.

In order to ensure a representative group of leaders in policing, please include your rank/grade, role, highest level of leadership qualification and, if appropriate, any under-represented group you wish to represent. Please include your College membership number, your line manager's approval and information of any security vetting you currently hold.

We look forward to receiving your expressions of interest and working with you on this exciting initiative.

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