Leadership development

All Senior Leadership Development Programmes are currently postponed due to the pandemic. There is a phased reintroduction of face to face training and we anticipate resuming leadership delivery late 2020 or early 2021. Priority will be given to those who had their courses postponed but we are taking provisional expressions of interest now and will contact people on the list to let them know of opportunities.

We are developing a new approach to leadership development to give you access to a wider range of leadership training and development opportunities. Here are the opportunities we are delivering.

Senior Leadership Development Programme

Aimed at superintending ranks, chief inspector/police staff equivalent, two core modules focus on the development of personal and organisational leadership skills.

Command Skills Course

Training at all levels (operational/tactical/strategic). At the operational level, we develop materials for forces to deliver. At the tactical and strategic levels, we run two separate courses of two days each (including a Hydra exercise).

Leadership development workshops and events

'Hot' leadership topics, delivered nationally or regionally. These one day workshops / events are open to all leaders in policing.

Leadership Development for officers and staff from under-represented groups

See Aspire leadership development programme.

Senior Leadership Development Programme – Core Modules

The demands on managers in all roles within the police service have never been greater. To be the best leaders that we can be, it is important that we take time out away from the day job to properly understand our role, strengths, and areas for development and how we can best apply them.

This programme develops existing leaders for the complex and diverse world of 21st century public service. It is open to all roles including staff, officers and citizens in policing providing they are currently operating at the appropriate senior leadership level within their organisation and are members of the College of Policing. 

The two core modules are a Personal Leadership Module and an Organisational Leadership Module, which are delivered at one of our training sites and are separated by about four months, during which learners complete a work related project / task.

For more information on the programme, or to book your place on any of the course dates, email deliveryadmin@college.pnn.police.uk

Command Skills course

The Command Skills course is a two-day classroom based course preparing you to effectively handle operational command situations. One of the two days is an all-day Immersive Learning Exercise.

There are two levels:

  • Strategic - designed for those who are operating at or about to operate at the Strategic/Gold Level
  • Tactical - designed for those who are operating at or about to operate at the Tactical/Silver Level
    Although not accredited, these courses are an important introduction to Specialist Command courses, for example, Tactical Firearms Command and Public Order Gold Command.


The Command Skills is suitable for Police Officers only.

For more information on the course, or to book your place, email: deliveryadmin@college.pnn.police.uk

Leadership development workshops and events

We run leadership development workshops and events throughout the year. Previous topics have included Systems Thinking, Resilience and Wellbeing, Media Skills and Engaging Leadership.

Online learning

Our online learning packages on our Managed Learning Environment (MLE, formerly NCALT) provide a wide range of training and development opportunities, some of which can support you in your leadership development by enabling you to develop and refresh your skills at a time that suits you.

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