Realising Potential


Positive Action is about creating a level playing field to enable people to compete on equal terms. It describes a range of measures which aim to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote equality of opportunity. Our first programme specifically targets BME officers.  Future programmes will be for other groups.

We intend that our work will impact on the public through improving organisational, team and personal performance. 

In particular:

  • Building better relationships with communities resulting in a more effective service;
  • Delivering the priorities established for the police service, such as reducing crime and reducing bureaucracy;
  • Creating a fair and equitable career pathway for members of under-represented groups;
  • Supporting the progression of those demonstrating the talent to reach the next step;
  • Retaining the services of high performing individuals from within these under-represented groups;

The programme is part of the overall talent management strategy for the Police Service and is also linked to the suite of national leadership development programmes provided by the College of Policing.

Who should attend

​The Realising Potential Programme is the senior element of our positive action work and is designed for Superintendents and Chief Superintendents who have the desire and potential for promotion.  At this stage of their careers officers will have experienced career success but may also face isolation.  Not only that which comes from senior leadership but also that which can arise from being one of only a few representatives from a minority group.


This is an opportunity to participate in a programme that:

  • Offers insights from top-level strategic leaders in the Police Service and beyond
  • Provides a highly practical environment with tools, techniques and approaches that can be used immediately
  • Provides access to other cross-sector programmes 
  • Provides access to professional 1-1 coaching and Chief Officer mentoring to enable tailored individual development support
  • Facilitates action learning sessions where real problems are explored and resolved, with the capacity to transfer business improvements into the workplace in real time
  • Develops their mentoring and coaching skills – both for their organisational leadership role and as part of the wider talent management strategy.


To enable delegates to:

  • Understand and explore their own strengths, preferences and skills and how these can contribute to career success

  • Understand their role as leaders, role models and champions and the challenges this brings both personally and organisationally

  • Explore their leadership style in the current and predicted challenging environment that will face them 

  • Develop a personal development plan for progression as a strategic leader

  • Create a coaching contract with their line manager to align their learning and development to the PDR process.

  • Build lasting links with peers and others in their organisation and beyond  to develop a network of personal and professional support.

Entry requirements

The upcoming programme is aimed at substantive female Superintendents and Chief Superintendents.

Course Dates and Venues

Course duration

​This programme provides delegates with three 1 1/2 day workshop sessions spread over one year.

Methods of delivery

In addition to the three 1½-day workshop sessions, delegates will also form action learning sets from their syndicates. Individually, delegates will receive access to professional 1:1 coaching and Chief Officer mentoring to enable tailored individual development support.

Additional information

You should apply using this application form. You will require the support of your line manager and other senior (ACPO-level) officers to participate in the programme. Participants should have the desire and potential for promotion. 

Completed applications should be returned to



Tel: +44 (0)1256 602300


Cost to HO forces


No cost (although cancellation charges will apply)

Cost to non-HO forces


£2,081 Residential

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