The Senior Police National Assessment Centre (Senior PNAC) and the Senior Police Staff Assessment Process are integral parts of the leadership pathway to Chief Officer roles. These Selection Processes consist of a series of bespoke, high-level exercises that are designed on an annual basis to reflect the tasks and competencies demonstrated by effective ACCs or equivalent police officer and staff roles. The High Potential Development Scheme (HPDS) Selection Process (and Accelerated Career Development Programme, ACDP, in Scotland) exercises are similarly designed to reflect the tasks undertaken by effective police superintendents.
To work effectively as a Selection Process the exercises need to be complex, challenging, fair and realistic. To meet these aims and maintain the credibility of the processes the team of experienced exercise designers working for the College of Policing work closely with members of the Police Service at the appropriate levels to generate scenarios, ensure the realism of exercise content, and test that the exercises work as intended at the right level.
Members of the Association were invited to join a panel of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who would be involved in the design of the assessment exercises over the next year. The aim of this panel is to ensure that the views of a wide range of serving officers and staff can feed in to the design and development of the assessment exercises for these products. Interest from both people who have been involved previously as well as people who may be getting involved in supporting the design of assessment exercises for the first time is welcomed.
This year the College are adapting the Critical Scenario Interviews, which are used to generate initial exercise ideas, so that the time demands on volunteers are minimised.
Given previous feedback on the ease of travel, efficiency savings and attendance levels at previous specific events there are not currently plans to hold specific Consultation or Pilot events in Scotland or Northern Ireland. Obviously all the events are open to officers and staff from across the UK and through these it is hoped that there will be a valuable and significant contribution from serving Scottish and PSNI officers to the design of the exercises. Depending on the level of interest and availability from Scottish and PSNI officers in these events the College may also be organising more localised input. If you are unable to attend any of these events and would be interested in this then please contact the College.
Once you have booked on to an event you will be contacted by a member of the team who will provide you with more information.
If you would like to discuss any of the above further, relating to your involvement as a panel member, then please contact Tom Garland, Senior Psychologist at the College of Policing on firstname.lastname@example.org