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Shaping the policing experience for communities through leadership

Published on 7 October 2021
Making sure you’re ready to take on a new challenge underpins successful career development
2 mins read
Nikki Leaper

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper loves making a difference. Her role gives her the opportunity to shape the police service and the policing experience for the communities that she serves.

After starting her career as a response police constable in Torquay, Nikki applied for the high potential development scheme, a personal development scheme for police officers interested in senior leadership that was running at the time.

As part of her leadership development, Nikki worked on the inspecting regime for forces and completed a secondment with the Home Office before returning to her role in force.

‘When you're ready to do a move or take on a new challenge, make sure it's right for you’, Nikki advises. There’s a range of support available to help you develop as a leader and to explore different pathways.

Nikki sat the Police National Assessment Centre and completed the strategic command course in 2020. Her advice is to ask questions and to listen to mentors because they can let you know what opportunities are available.

Really get to know yourself as a leader, get to understand your strengths, where your development gaps are. I know I don’t know it all and I’m not afraid to ask, so I would say ‘always ask’. I really do believe there is no stupid question.

T/Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Leaper

Hear from Nikki about her personal journey to senior police leadership and her advice to aspiring police officers and staff who are considering starting their own leadership journeys.

Find out more about development resources for leaders across policing and career development.

Apply for the Senior Leaders Development Centre to experience an executive-level assessment centre in a supportive learning environment.

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