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Project summary - Leadership

Met People imageProject name: Leadership

MPA Lead officer: Alan Johnson

Met Forward work strand: Met People

Project summary

The MPA requires the MPS to demonstrate that they have in place an effective leadership development, talent management and succession planning programme for police officers and police staff.

The MPA’s experience of selecting officers for Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) rank has highlighted that, once they are promoted, there is little if any training available. This must be rectified to ensure they have, and continue to develop, the skills to manage multi-million pound portfolios in a constantly changing and challenging environment.

The MPA will work with the MPS and other national policing organisations to ensure that the courses provided are fit for purpose and deliver the best possible leaders. Failure to deliver a successful outcome will have a significant impact on the resilience and skill set of the MPS’s senior leadership team.

Project objectives

  • The MPA and MPS will look externally to the public and private sector for examples of good and developing practice with regard to leadership training.
  • The MPA and MPS to examine the impact for the MPS of the National Police Improvement Authority’s (NPIA) Leadership Strategy.
  • The MPA to oversee the development of the MPS’s leadership training programme which should include some structured form of accredited training.
  • The MPS to incorporate the relevant recommendations from the MPA’s Race and Faith Inquiry into the development of its leadership programme.
  • To contribute to the delivery of the three key outcomes of Met Forward – fight crime and reduce criminality, increase confidence in policing and give us better value for money.

Authority’s role to deliver work strand

The MPA will continue to attend the MPS Human Resources Board, which sets the direction for training and development within the MPS. Members of the Human Resources and Remuneration Sub-committee will be provided with regular reports from the MPS to oversee and scrutinise the development of its leadership training programme.

What will success look like?

The leadership training programme will enable officers to be better qualified and confident and have the skills to manage their teams and resources in a constantly changing and challenging environment.

Responsible MPA committee

Human Resources and Remuneration Sub-committee, which reports to the Communities, Equalities and People Committee

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