Effective supervision

Evidence-based practice guidance on effective supervision, to support the wellbeing, learning and performance of everyone working in the police service. 


These guidelines specify the actions that supervisors need to take to support their staff, as well as the behaviours they need to display to be effective in their role. They also set out the actions that chief constables need to take to support supervisors. Unless otherwise stated, references to supervisors, staff or employees in this document are all-inclusive and cover police officers, police staff, specials and volunteers. The guidelines consist of:

  • three for chief constables, which set out the organisational structures and processes required to support effective supervision
  • seven practical guidelines for supervisors

The type and strength of the evidence underpinning each guideline is shown as the:

  • overall strength of the empirical evidence (good, moderate or limited) 
  • practitioner evidence available