College of Policing appoints new
strategic command course director
Metropolitan Police Service’s head of specialist operations Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu has been
appointed new strategic command course director at the College of Policing won secondment
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, will be responsible for leading the 2021 strategic command course (SCC),
which prepares police officers and staff for promotion to the most senior ranks in the service.
The College of Policing explained that he will be taking up the role to ensure the content of the course meets
the needs of the service. This includes a secondment to the College in the weeks leading up to the start of
the course to ensure the final planning and preparations are completed and, from 20 September to
17 December 2021, he will lead the delivery of the SCC.
This year’s SCC course will follow the conclusion of the senior police national assessment centre (SPNAC), which has recently started and will run until the end of this month. The SCC will be run mainly with face-to-face modules at the College of Policing site in Ryton, but will also include online work to be completed by the candidates.
Commenting on the appointment, AC Basu said: 'It is an honour to have been chosen to lead the 2021 SCC as director. Senior police leadership roles are without doubt some of the most challenging in the country.
‘I passed the course in 2012 and I know that it has shaped my approach to senior police leadership ever since. I hope to be able to play my part in inspiring the next cohort of senior police leaders as they approach this major new stage in their careers.
Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu