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Chief Constable to Assist Prestigious Policing Course for Second Year


PCC Barry Coppinger with Chief Constable Police Jacqui Cheer and Deputy Chief Contable Iain Spittal

Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Jacqui Cheer has been asked to assist in directing the prestigious Strategic Command Course (SCC) for a second year.

The course, led by the College of Policing, attracts ambitious police personnel who wish to develop into senior police leaders of the future. The content is challenging and spans across three key areas – leadership and ethics, business and partnerships and professional policing skills. 

Candidates must pass an assessment centre prior to attending the course, which runs from January to March 2016.

Deputy Chief Contable Iain Spittal will take on the mantle of Temporary Chief Constable at the end of December 2015, with Assistant Chief Constable Simon Nickless stepping into the role of Temporary Deputy Chief Constable.

It was announced earlier this year that the Chief Constable would retire in 2016 after almost 32 years’ dedicated police service and four years at Cleveland Police. Mrs Cheer will officially retire from policing during her attachment to the College.

Commenting on her selection, Chief Constable Cheer said: “The Strategic Command Course is a prestigious and highly-regarded course across policing in the UK and internationally. Some of the greatest leaders in policing have passed the course so it’s an absolute honour to be asked to return for a second year.

“After 32 years’ service I am proud to use my experiences to help to make my mark on the police service of the future. I know Cleveland Police will be well looked after by the competent and dedicated senior officers at the helm.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Jacqui Cheer has contributed enormously to positively shaping and developing Cleveland Police into the Force it is today, and leading the service nationally in the ethics and conduct arena.

“She is an inspirational leader and has risen through the ranks to become one of the top police officers of our time, and an advocate for women in policing. Jacqui is leaving the Force in the safe hands of an innovative and experienced senior leadership team who I look forward to continuing to work with over the coming months.”

College chief executive Chief Constable Alex Marshall said: “I’m delighted that Jacqui Cheer will be assisting us in directing our Strategic Command Course. Her experience and influence will inspire candidates and help shape the police leadership of the future.”


Posted on Monday 16th November 2015
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