The superintendent role is hugely challenging and highly respected. You’ll use your strategic experience as a senior manager to positively impact the lives of people around you.

Your priority will be to maintain law and order, protect members of the public, prevent crime and improve quality of life for all citizens. You’ll do this by determining the key concerns of communities – concentrating on everything from safety and the prevention of crime, to antisocial behaviour and social inclusion.

To help you achieve these goals, you’ll have nearly 200 staff under your command. A key part of role is to maintain the personal security of others and manage resources in a successful way. You’ll potentially head up the unit – enforcing operational policy, establishing the force’s strategic plan and managing significant budgets. As a result, organisational performance will improve and this will positively impact the communities you serve.

As this role is so senior, you’ll also be expected to join an ‘on-call’ rota. During this time you must be contactable, often at unsociable hours, to manage serious risks and make critical decisions about active operations. Flexible and resilient, you’ll thrive under pressure and enjoy the challenge of working to time-critical deadlines.


About you

While you don’t need to have previous experience in policing, you’ll need to have an extensive background in senior leadership. Through a proven track record of improving organisational performance and with good commercial awareness, you’ll effectively deal with the challenge of continuing budget reductions.

Above all, you’ll be able to demonstrate how you’re a confident, resilient and innovative leader. Future facing, you’ll challenge existing culture and practices within policing. With outstanding communication skills, you’ll influence key stakeholders and foster relationships with senior partners. You’ll naturally instil confidence and inspire best practice within the teams you lead. 

Importantly, you’ll have the strength of character to cope with distressing situations and make rational decisions quickly. You’ll confidently adapt to ever-evolving situations – always making sure that you make sense of ambiguous information and complex intelligence.


Training and support

During the 18-month programme, you’ll receive all the training and support you’ll need to become an outstanding superintendent. Importantly, you’ll gain first-hand experience of the different ranks, up to and including superintendent – with support and guidance at every step.

Your force will take responsibility for most of your training through operational rotations at constable, sergeant, inspector and superintendent rank. The College of Policing will also provide support at regular points throughout the 18 months. This means you’ll be given a mentor, a tailored personal development plan, leadership coaching and media training.

Importantly, you’ll benefit from the experience and knowledge of experts from across policing and partner organisations. The programme aims to get the very best out of you through a combination of training methods that include case studies, classroom inputs and immersive learning that simulates real-life police operations.

By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to lead your teams with focus and visions, make tough decisions with tact and tackle challenges with confidence.


What you’ll learn

The learning outcomes of the programme reflect the skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that a superintendent must have. You’ll then be able to work safely, professionally, ethically and effectively in operational and non-operational environments.

After completing the programme, you’ll be able to demonstrate:

- systematic knowledge and understanding of the broad policing and public policy challenges and contending perspectives, discourses and conceptual debates in policing, law enforcement and criminal justice
- detailed knowledge and understanding of strategic leadership and management theory in a policing context
- critical awareness of new insights and an evolving, evidence-based approach to policing to inform future professional practice in policing
- comprehensive knowledge of the regulations, procedures and legislation relevant to the rank of uniformed police superintendent.


Programme structure

In-force induction
The programme begins with a two-week orientation, including training in first aid and personal safety.

College of Policing – Module 1
This is a 10-week module aimed at preparing you for your first operational rotation as a constable and is co-delivered with the inspector programme.

Police constable rotation
You’ll spend 12 weeks in the force, performing the role of constable with the support of an experienced work-based coach. At the front-line of the criminal justice system, you’ll be dealing with everything from child abuse and sudden deaths, to family feuds and building confidence in the community. This rotation will be the first opportunity for you to use your training, turning theory into everyday practice.

College of Policing – Module 2
During this four-week module, you’ll be prepared for your operational sergeant/inspector rotation.

Sergeant/inspector rotation
You’ll spend 14 weeks in the force, performing the roles of sergeant and inspector, with the support of a work-based coach. During the sergeant rotation, again with daily support, you’ll take responsibility for the general and technical supervision of officers and the wider team of police colleagues. This rotation will see you managing resources, supervising investigations and keeping a close eye on responses to critical incidents. You’ll also conduct intelligence-driven briefings, taskings and debriefings, and provide leadership to your team.

You’ll also perform the role of an inspector - supervising constables and sergeants. It’s about planning, organising and directing the work of a team of police officers, while also managing police operations and setting strategy at critical incidents.

College of Policing – Module 3
This is a three-week module where you’ll further develop your risk management and decision-making skills – all in preparation for your superintendent rotation.

Superintendent rotation
You’ll spend 14 weeks in force, performing the role of a superintendent with the support of a work-based coach.

College of Policing – Module 4
Module 4 is a two-week module aimed at developing your knowledge of complaints and discipline, performance management, leadership, change management and partnership working. You’ll also be assessed in an immersive learning environment, which will test your operational competence.

Superintendent leadership (with support)
You’ll spend 12 weeks in force, developing your own superintendent portfolio of work. During this time, you’ll have access to a mentor to support your development.

College of Policing programme and probation completion
Throughout the 18 months, you’ll undertake work-based assessment, a bespoke superintendents’ knowledge exam and action research projects. Subject to successful completion of all elements of assessment and agreement of the College and force chief officer, you’ll complete the programme and exit probation.