The MPA International Policing course provides the leadership skills necessary for handling large, complex and fast-changing organisations dedicated to public order, safety and security.
The course brings together mid-to-senior level professional policing practitioners from around the world to collaboratively explore change and reform, and investigate how best to provide leadership in handling change and driving sustainable continuous professional development. The MPA also enhances the professional and organisational effectiveness of policing leaders in tackling crime and enhancing public safety, public confidence and the rule of law.
As well as utilising academic expertise, we assure the quality and currency of the course and learning experience by incorporating the first-hand knowledge and understanding of highly-experienced policing practitioners from international and UK policing networks. Notable examples include former National Policing Improvement Agency and College of Policing strategic leadership instructors and other senior international policing professionals.
The core course objectives are:
- To explore organisational leadership; strategic analysis and planning; policy formulation to deliver successful and ethical policing; operational effectiveness and change management;
- To develop personal skills in critical thinking and analysis; research practice and evaluation; time management; and reflective practice;
- To reflect on contemporary threats to security and safety and how to address these threats, as well as to develop responses to the impact of social change on policing.
Strategic leadership runs through the taught modules, with policing change and reform a strategic imperative for many countries today. It is increasingly important for individuals, organisations and/or sponsors to know they can access pragmatic, evidence-based leadership development, but also that it is accredited by an established and well-regarded institution.
Strategic leaders should understand the principles of good leadership and encourage their staff to implement and practice these, whilst operational and tactical supervisors need to utilise strategic practice in their day-to-day management and leadership.
The MPA’s professional benefit is that it aims to build strategic capacity not only in you, but also underpins change and reform in strategic leadership, policy formulation and effective operational delivery within your organisation.
Why choose this course?
Combining high-level academic and practitioner expertise, and employing research-led and evidence-based teaching and learning methodologies, the course delivers professional development in the increasingly complex field of international policing.
Our academics work with highly experienced national and international policing experts to develop your skills in critical thinking and analysis, research practice and evaluation, change management, and strategic planning. The MPA supports critical reflective practice and provides a pragmatic and flexible approach to problem solving, designed to replicate the real-time professional development pressures that face today’s senior policing leaders.
International experience opportunities
International policing is a recognised discipline in its own right. The face-to-face workshops that take place in the intensive teaching blocs provide a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing and you will be able to draw on the wide range of experience and expertise brought to the course by your peers, academics and policing professionals.
You are also offered the opportunity to take part in international study trips exploring core themes in international policing (subject to availability and additional costs), notably a trip to Sicily to explore innovative policing methods being used by the local law enforcement and criminal justice institutions to address the threats of organised crime, human trafficking and people smuggling.
The course will provide both an academically demanding experience and one which should be of significant practical use in your future career.
The ability to work across different cultures, manage teams and demonstrate problem-solving and critical analysis skills are key competencies in the changing professional policing landscape. During the course, you should gain practical leadership skills to critically evaluate and develop solutions for the types of complex, inter-related, multi-faceted problems faced by senior policing practitioners.
The MPA’s professional benefit is that it can be implemented across all levels in an organisation, and build strategic capacity not only in you, but also underpin change and reform in leadership, policy formulation and effective operational delivery within your organisation. At a strategic level, the MPA can allow an already experienced leader to test his/her organisational vision and experiment with alternative strategies to plan the future direction of the organisation. At an operational level, the MPA can enable a higher potential leader to cultivate the intellectual skills required to develop strategy, and to develop the practical skills needed to implement strategy at executive level. At this level the course supports delegates looking to apply for higher potential development initiatives or possible direct entry into the executive ranks of the organisation. At the level of implementation, the course will stimulate individuals with the drive and ambition to seek fast track promotion in their organisation.