Releasing Potential


The Releasing Potential Programme forms part of our positive action work, which 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.

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 linked to the suite of national leadership development programmes.

Who should attend

The Releasing Potential Programme was originally designed for BME and Female officers at the rank of Chief Inspector but following a successful pilot programme has been extended to a third programme for BME Inspectors.


To enable delegates to:

  • take control of and plan for their personal and professional development, including gap analysis for progression to more senior ranks
  • raise their self-awareness and increase their self-confidence
  • explore their leadership style in the current and future challenging environment that will face them
  • link to the HPDS scout programme (as talent scouts)
  • build lasting links with peers in their organisation and beyond to provide support for current challenges and career progression
  • develop their own mentoring skills and provide mentoring support for others in their home force
  • create a coaching contract with their line manager to align their learning and development to the PDR process

Course modules

This programme provides delegates with three 1½ day workshop sessions spread over four months

Entry requirements

The upcoming programmes are aimed at:

  • BME Chief Inspectors
  • Female Chief Inspectors
  • BME Inspectors

Applicants must be substantive in rank

Due to there only being 12 places nationally on each programme officers will only be considered for a place if their Line Manager and a Chief Officer agree that they demonstrate the potential to successfully compete for promotion within 24 months.

Course Dates and Venues

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 1:1 support from senior colleagues in ACPO or chief superintendent roles. Delegates will also receive three 1:1 coaching sessions.

Additional information

You should apply using the appropriate application form link below:

BME Chief Inspector Application form  - Closing date is Wednesday, 15 July, 2015

Female Chief Inspector Application form - Closing date is Friday, 17 July, 2015

BME Inspector Application formClosing date is Friday, 14 August, 2015 

Application forms which do not contain Line Manager and Chief Officer support will not be considered.

Please return your completed application to



Tel: +44 (0)1256 602300


Cost to HO forces


No cost (although cancellation charges will apply).

Cost to non-HO forces




£ Non-Residential

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