Short courses


Management Skills for Police Leaders

  • 35 hours (approx)
  • 5 days (Monday to Friday)


This five-day CPD course for police personnel will help equip you with the management skills required to be a leader within a modern police force.

The course draws on management lessons from the private and public sector and applies them to the modern policing environment.

It also draws on examples from the voluntary sector, which is particularly relevant given the increasing reliance of the UK police on volunteers, e.g. special constables, citizen patrols and neighbourhood watch coordinators. 

The course has been developed by the Institute for Global City Policing, an independent centre based at UCL's Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science.

Course content

Topics studied in this course will include: 

  • types of effective leadership styles
  • management skills
  • enhancing communication skills
  • media engagement
  • motivational strategies
  • managing political expectations
  • succession planning

Teaching and structure

The course will consist of:

  • lectures by leading academics, experts in the field of management and experienced practitioners
  • seminars
  • structured workshops
  • group work

Each day will involve lectures, interspersed with group work or participatory activities.

In the afternoons, you'll work on a case study to apply the principles and theory that were introduced in the morning sessions.


Assessment is by a group presentation on day five of the course.

For this, you'll work in a group on a particular problem. The aim is to apply the theory and principles of leadership and management to respond appropriately to a challenging situation.

Who this course is for

This course is suitable for police officers working for a police force in the UK or internationally.

Learning outcomes

This course will help you to:

  • understand the principles underlying good leadership
  • transform your organisation
  • develop better communication skills
  • develop mentoring skills for future leaders
  • use sound principles of management at the strategic, operational and tactical levels

Cost and concessions

There's a 10% reduction for bookings of two or more people. All bookings must be made at the same time.

Course team

Professor Mark Evans

Professor Mark Evans

Mark is Deputy Chief Executive (Strategy) with the New Zealand Police. His responsibilities include the design, development and implementation of the major New Zealand Police transformation project - 'Policing Excellence: The Future'. He's worked in a range of intelligence roles, including international assignments for the UK Ministry of Defence, drafting for the UK's Joint Intelligence Committee and working in a specialist multi-agency counter-terrorism unit in Northern Ireland. He's a visiting professor at the UCL Jill Dando Institute.

Dr Nina Seppala

Dr Nina Seppala

Nina is Deputy Director (Academic Affairs) of the School of Management at University College London (UCL). She started her career working for international organisations, including the United Nations, in the area of democracy promotion and preventive diplomacy. Since then, she's held senior roles in several business schools, leading programme and curriculum development projects, academic quality, international collaborations and liaison with business partners.

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 16:01