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Chief Constable to Assist in Directing Leadership Course


Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer with PCC Barry Coppinger

The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Jacqui Cheer, has been selected to assist in directing the Strategic Command Course for the College of Policing next year. The national course is aimed at Superintendents, Chief Superintendents and police staff equivalents who are seeking promotion to Chief Officer rank. Candidates must pass an assessment centre prior to attending the course, which runs between January and March 2015.

Jacqui Cheer will be attached to the College of Policing for the duration, and Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal will take on the role of Acting Chief Constable. The College of Policing will cover the full costs of the Chief Constable’s attachment.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The Strategic Command Course is the most prestigious senior leadership development programme in policing and I am delighted that Jacqui has been invited to support the director in running it. She is an inspirational leader and I think that the police leaders of the future will benefit from her experience and expertise. It’s a positive sign of confidence from national stakeholders in Cleveland and I know that Jacqui leaves the force in safe hands. We have a strong senior leadership team who will continue to take the Force forward and who will remain in contact with Jacqui to update her on any developments and progress within the Force.”

Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “I’m delighted to have been offered the opportunity to assist in leading the Strategic Command Course and to test the police leaders of the future. It is a particularly challenging course, and stretches participants across three key areas – leadership and ethics, business and partnerships and professional policing skills. It’s a privilege to be in a position where I can help to shape our leaders and I am looking forward to it immensely. I know that Cleveland will be well looked after by the newly completed command team in my absence.”

The lead for the Strategic Command Course at the College of Policing, Fiona Eldridge, said:“The Strategic Command Course prepares selected police officers and staff for promotion to the most senior ranks in the service. Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer will bring a wealth of knowledge, expertise and professionalism that will allow the College to develop the future leaders of policing.”


Posted on Friday 5th December 2014
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