With your priority to maintain law and order, and improve quality of life for all citizens, you’ll identify key community concerns – from safety and the prevention of crime, to antisocial behaviour and social inclusion. Your 200-strong team will help you achieve these goals so you’ll focus on managing resources and maintaining the personal security of others. It’s likely that you’ll head up the unit, so you’ll need to enforce operational policy, establish the force’s strategic plan and manage significant budgets. Always, you’re looking to improve organisational performance and positively impact the communities you serve

About you

As you would expect with a superintendent role, you’ll be a resilient, future-facing individual with an extensive background in senior leadership. It’s essential that you have a proven track record of improving organisational performance and offer excellent commercial awareness, particularly with regards to on-going budget management.

Much of the role is about challenging existing culture and policing practices, so you’ll need the communication skills to influence key stakeholders and senior partners. You’ll be the kind of person who naturally inspires confidence and best practice within your teams. Likewise, your teams will see you as an approachable person who is contactable, sometimes during unsociable hours, as part of the on-call rota. Successful candidates will be flexible and collaborative, always ready to step in and make critical decisions about active operations within time-critical deadlines. You’ll have the strength of character to cope with testing situations and adapt to ever-evolving challenges - making 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. 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 your programme. 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.

What you'll learn

The learning outcomes of the programme reflect the skills, knowledge 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:

  • a 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
  • a detailed understanding of strategic leadership and management theory in a policing context
  • a critical awareness of new insights and an evolving, evidence-based approach to policing to inform future professional practice
  • a comprehensive knowledge of the regulations, procedures and legislation relevant to the rank of uniformed police superintendents.



prepares you for your first operational rotation as a constable and is co-delivered with the inspector programme.


including training in first aid and personal safety

A 12-week constable rotation

(with the support of an experienced work-based coach) provides your first opportunity to turn theory into everyday practice. At the front line of the criminal justice system, you’ll deal with everything from child abuse and sudden deaths, to family feuds and building confidence in the community.

College of Policing – Module 2

prepares you for your operational sergeant/inspector rotation.

A 14-week sergeant/inspector rotation

(with the support of a work-based coach). During the sergeant rotation, you’ll provide leadership to the officers and the wider team: managing resources, supervising investigations and keeping a close eye on responses to critical incidents. You’ll also conduct intelligence-driven briefings, taskings and debriefings. In the role of inspector, you’ll plan and direct the work of constables and sergeants, manage police operations and set the strategy at critical incidents.

College of Policing – Module 3

further develops your risk management and decision-making skills in preparation for your superintendent rotation.

A 15-week superintendent rotation

with the support of a work-based coach.

College of Policing – Module 4

develops your knowledge of complaints and discipline, performance management, leadership, change management and partnership working. Your operational competence will be assessed in an immersive learning environment.

You’ll spend 14 weeks as a superintendent

developing your own portfolio of work, with support from a mentor.

After 18 months, you’ll have completed your College of Policing programme and probation

This relies on you successfully passing all work-based assessments, a bespoke superintendents’ knowledge exam and a selection of research projects.