College of Policing: Leadership Learning

CMI Leadership & Management Programmes (L6, L7 & L8) and Virtual Learning Environment


The College of Policing (CoP) was seeking a partner to:

  • Design and deliver a pilot to provide access to leadership and management qualifications (at Level 6, 7 & 8) to officers and staff across the UK who want to develop their leadership and management skills;
  • Design and build a bespoke virtual learning environment (“VLE”) that would act as the “back-bone” to deliver these qualifications in a blended way to initially  200 managers and leaders across Police Forces.

This “blended approach” would allow for scalable, self-directed learning, accessible at all times on all available digital devices.  Providing a consistent approach to leadership and management development across forces.


The CoP was established in 2012 as the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales. The purpose of the CoP is to provide those working in policing with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent crime, protect the public, and secure public trust.


We worked with CoP and Pilot Forces to:

  • design Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualification at Level  6, 7, and 8 for managers and leaders in Policing;
  • build and run a 21st Century virtual learning environment (with an eCommerce integration) to deliver internationally recognized qualifications in a blended way with 24/7 access;
  • deliver the qualifications with expert speakers, remote tuition sessions and support from our programme concierge;
  • carefully design the VLE to provide everything a participant needs to complete their bespoke qualification, and alert them to complete upcoming tasks; and
  • develop and brand programme collateral (such as programme guides, workbooks and slides) for CoP and Local Forces as required.


So far, we are well ahead of our target working with initially 10 pilot forces to develop 200 leaders and managers during the 24 month pilot phase.

The first month was over subscribed and the VLE and programme have had wonderful reviews so far.

A full programme evaluation will be conducted after the pilot stage, and we expect to deliver costs savings for Local Forces.

After the pilot stage, the programme could transition to a business as usual offering, which will be made available to all 43  Home Office Police Services, non-Home Office Forces and potentially partner organisations, both at home and potentially overseas.