Strategic Command Course

The Strategic Command Course (SCC) is policing's most senior leadership development programme, preparing police officers and staff for promotion to the most senior ranks in the service.

Who is the course for?

The course is open to police officers at Superintendent and Chief Superintendent ranks, and staff at equivalent grades, from all UK forces who have shown the potential to progress further in their careers. It is a statutory requirement for officers seeking promotion to Assistant Chief Constable and above in UK forces.

International police and those from other law enforcement agencies aspiring to the most senior positions in their home countries are welcome to apply. The SCC is also open to those across the public sector who are working at the Executive Level.

What's the aim of the course?

The SCC aims to develop senior leaders in law enforcement to lead policing operations and organisations locally, regionally and nationally. You will have a unique opportunity to engage in a challenging leadership development programme, benefitting from the broad range of experience and perspectives shared by others within policing and partner organisations, nationally and internationally.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered through a combination of highly demanding strategic exercises. Sessions are lead by inspirational speakers from within and outside policing who bring valuable personal experiences of leadership at a strategic level. They also bring academic expertise, supported by shared learning across the cohort. Elements of the course are assessed and you will complete a range of assignments and tasks designed to expand your thinking and support the translation of learning back to the workplace.

The SCC is one part of the overall leadership development of Chief Officers. All graduates of the course leave with a personal development plan to support their continuing professional development.

Strategic Command Course 2020 outline

Module 1 - Operational Leadership
(6 January to 7 February 2020)

Focuses on the high risk areas of operational policing – aims to develop qualified operational police commanders ready now to be appointed to Chief Officer roles across the UK.
Module 2 - Organisational Leadership
(24 February to 19 March 2020)

Aims to develop accountable public sector leaders and equip them with the business skills required to lead and transform high profile multi-million pound public sector organisations with integrity whilst safeguarding the public.
​Personal Leadership

Aims to develop resilient, confident, emotionally intelligent, ethical, politically astute leaders with clear values, integrity and the ability to create and communicate organisational and personal vision.
​Strategic Partnerships

Aims to develop senior leaders to identify and maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in public and private sector partnerships and collaborations.

A more detailed Course Overview can be downloaded here.

SCC 2021 will now not commence on the previously published date of 11 January 2021.

There will be a new start date for the Course that will be confirmed at a later date.

Preparing for the Strategic Command Course

You will be allocated to an executive coach who will work with you. You will be required to complete self-study in preparation for the programme.

Senior Police National Assessment Centre officer candidates who have not already attended the Gold Public Order Commanders Course, Strategic Firearms Command Course, or Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command, are strongly encouraged to attend one of these courses prior to the start of the SCC. Details for all the courses can be found here.

How can I apply?

Visit the Applying to the Strategic Command Course page for more information on the selection process for the next course.

What happens if my application is successful?

If you will be attending the Assessment Processes for the SCC, then following the close of the application window you will be contacted to confirm your specific intake.  If you are applying directly to the SCC via the application form then a member of the SCC team will contact you to provide the outcome.

If you have any questions, please get in touch:


Details of the SCC 2020 demographics can be downloaded here. 

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