Applying to the strategic command course (SCC)

The selection process for the SCC.

A selection process is used to identify individuals who are capable of being an effective chief officer (or equivalent) and can contribute to and benefit from the strategic command course (SCC).

Applications

Those who would like to attend the SCC 2021 should complete the application form and biographical data monitoring form (see links below). 

The forms should be used by:

  • police officers applying to attend the senior police national assessment centre (senior PNAC) to attain a place on the SCC
  • police staff applying to attend the senior police staff assessment process to attain a place on the SCC
  • external agencies applying to attend the SCC

Application window


Applications to attend senior PNAC or the senior police staff assessment centre to attain a place on the SCC 2021

Thursday 3 December 2020 to 11.59pm on Thursday 4 February 2021.

Applications to the SCC 2021 from external agencies who will not be taking part in the assessment process

Up until 11.59pm on Sunday 30 May 2021.

​​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.

Assessment processes

The assessment processes for the SCC is an umbrella term for:

  • Senior police national assessment centre (senior PNAC) which is undertaken by police officers of substantive superintendent or chief superintendent rank.  For police officers, passing senior PNAC and the SCC is a pre-requisite for applying for commander, assistant chief constable and deputy chief constable roles. 
  • Senior police staff assessment centre which is undertaken by police staff of an equivalent grade to superintendent and chief superintendent rank.

It is an assessment centre, which is an assessment technique that uses multiple assessors and assessment exercises. 

Candidates are given opportunities to demonstrate the competencies and values necessary for effective performance at chief officer level. 

The candidate's final assessment is based on their performance across all of the assessment exercises.

The assessment process for the SCC identifies those who are capable of being an effective chief officer and can contribute to and benefit from the SCC.

Individuals who are successful during these assessment processes are then eligible to attend the SCC. From there, individuals will be able to take on the most senior leadership roles in policing.

Dates

The assessment processes will be delivered in two stages for 2021.

Candidates will be required to attend between 8 April and 22 April to complete stage one (management exercise for all and media exercise for officers). You will arrive on the evening of your first day and complete the assessment exercises on your second day.

Candidates will then be required to attend between 6 May and 25 May to complete stage two (partnership exercise and presentation and interview for all and chief officer briefing for officers). You will attend registration and briefing at 8pm on your first day and complete the assessment exercises on your second day. 

Reasonable adjustments

If you have individual circumstances that you believe may affect your attendance at or performance in the AP for the SCC then please refer to the accommodations and reasonable adjustment policy under 'What reference documents are available?'. 

If, after reading the policy, you have any queries regarding your situation then please contact the team using the email address below to arrange to discuss your circumstances.

Key details

Accreditation
No
Course contact
Senior selection
Additional documents