FAO All Commissioners and Chief Constables
16 July 2018
I am writing to you to make you aware of the opportunity for Chief Constables to apply for the role of Course
Director for the Strategic Command Course 2019.
Following Chief Constable Debbie Simpson’s retirement we require a Chief Constable to take on this role,
which includes responsibility for ensuring that the content and the delivery methods of the course meet the
needs of the Police Service and the assessment strategy and mechanisms are robust, fair and fit for purpose.
The role will also support the design and development of the course content and lead the delivery on site.
The Course Director role requires a full time commitment from December 2018 to finalise the design of the
course and support training of Syndicate Directors. The role is then based on-site at the College of Policing in
Ryton from the 14th of January until the 23rd of March. Further details about the SCC 2019 and the role can
be found below. If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role please contact the College’s
SCC Director, Jo Noakes on 07889 702403 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The role of the SCC Course Director is vital in supporting the development of the next generation of chief
officers and ensuring that future senior leaders are equipped to meet current and new challenges in order to
serve the public.
STRATEGIC COMMAND COURSE 2019
Opportunities for Chief Constables to develop the next generation of chief officers
The Strategic Command Course
is policing’s most senior leadership development programme. It is a
prerequisite for officers seeking to attain the rank of chief police officer in UK forces. The course is also open
to international police delegates and those from other law enforcement agencies aspiring to the most senior
positions in their home countries. The SCC is open to those across the public sector who are working at the
The overall aim of the course is to develop senior leaders in law enforcement to lead policing operations and
organisations locally, regionally and nationally, at Chief Officer level. The course also provides a unique
opportunity for senior police staff and leaders from across the public sector to engage in a demanding and
stretching leadership development programme. All participants greatly benefit from the broad range of
experience and perspectives shared by colleagues from within policing nationally and internationally and from
The course is delivered through a combination of highly demanding strategic exercises, sessions lead by
inspirational speakers from within and external to policing who bring valuable personal experiences of
leadership at the strategic level and academic expertise, supported by shared learning across the cohort.
Each element of the course is assessed, participants will complete a range of assignments and tasks designed
to expand their 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.
2019 Course Structure
Module 1 - Operational Leadership
Module 2 - Organisational Leadership
(14th January to 8th February 2019)
(25th February to 22nd March 2019)
Focuses on the high risk areas of operational Aims to develop accountable public sector leaders and
policing – aims to develop qualified equip them with the business skills required to lead and
operational police commanders ready now to transform high profile multi-million pound public sector
be appointed to Chief Officer roles across the organisations with integrity whilst safeguarding the public.
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.
Aims to develop senior leaders to identify and maximise the opportunities and benefits of working in public
and private sector partnerships and collaborations.
Strategic Command Course 2019 Course Director Role
The College of Policing is seeking to appoint a Course Director for the 2019 SCC to work with the College
Course Director and the SCC Professional Reference Group to deliver the course in 2019.
The role of the Course Director is to ensure that the content and the delivery methods of the course meet
the needs of the Service and develop the future chief officers to meet the current and future challenges.
The Course Director is also responsible for ensuring the assessment strategy and mechanisms are robust,
fair and fit for purpose. The Course Director endorses the final reports and grading of the SCC students.
Prior to the course the Course Director will work with College Course Director to liaise between the many
stakeholder groups and the team developing, designing and delivering the programme. Working with College
Course Director, the Director’s role is to seek the views from stakeholders, both internal and external, to
develop the curriculum and course based on the current and future needs of the service.
During the programme the Course Director leads on the delivery of the course working with the College Course
Director and syndicate director team. The Course Director provides additional resilience for the syndicate
director team. In the case of illness of one of the syndicate directors the Course Director will be expected to
step in to work with the syndicate.
The Course Director will facilitate discussion in plenary sessions to assist with embedding of learning from
speakers, exercises, presentations and case studies.
The Course Director will also be expected to work with the College Course Director in the assessment of
candidates as the senior Service presence throughout all modules and provide additional rigour for evidence
of grading of students.
Serving Chief Constable from a UK police force
Passionate about policing and public service and improving performance through leadership
development and collaborative working
Commitment to own personal development
Strong facilitation skil s with experience of enabling others’ development
Political acumen and an appreciation of the diverse expectations and requirements of stakeholders
Exceptionally well developed networking, communication and influencing skills
Understanding of adult learning
Experience of technical or behavioural training delivery
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The role holder will be expected to demonstrate the behaviours contained in the Competency and Values
Framework up to and including level three.
Period of engagement
We require the Course Director to participate in the briefing day on the 26th of November and the Directing
Team training on the 4th and 5th of December 2018. Ideally they would be available from December 2018.
There is the expectation that during the residential elements of the course the Course Director will be onsite
at Ryton from Monday morning until Friday afternoon each week. During non-residential weeks we anticipate
that the requirement will be for up to two days per week. The course will take place from the 14th of January
until the 22nd of March.
Please register your interest by email to email@example.com
attaching a brief CV and covering letter. The closing date is 10th August 2018.