Leading the Complexity - policing CPD course

Leading the Complexity

Level 7, 20 Credits

Course aim

While much has been written on policing cultures, behaviours and impact - a significant part of the literature approaches these topics through an operational lens. This programme focuses on the strategic end of the business of policing.

This 20-credit module is an intensive and integrated approach to policing that is designed to provide strategic insight into the complex and often competing demands facing law enforcement agencies. There will be a careful balance between the theoretical constructs of leadership and concrete insight from leadership practitioners in the field. In essence, our approach to ‘what works’ will focus on bridging the gap between theory and practice. Legal and ethical approaches to law enforcement will be explored - making use of recent national and international policing issues. 

Course length

7 sessions run over a 18 week period

27 taught hours

200 learning hours

Course cost

The total cost for this CPD module is £760 on-site delivery at LJMU for UK domiciled students

Other delivery options available – costs on enquiry


Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks. Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module.  Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.

Course content

After completing the module you should be able to:

  • Explore the strategic importance of operating effectively as a leader in a complex and constantly changing professional policing environment. This will require the exercise of initiative, personal responsibility and self-directed decision-making Critically evaluate a series of strategic approaches to change and appropriately identify the most suitable methodologies for law enforcement that are capable of producing robust valued outcomes
  • Make informed judgements about unpredictable strategic policing issues that demonstrate insight to, and understanding of, alternative points of view
  • Explore the future context of law enforcement at national and international levels demonstrating an ability to synthesise and incorporate new thinking from both the public and private sectors
  • Further develop a critical self-awareness of approach to personal leadership performance

Assessment methods:

  • 2500 word essay based on one of seven titles detailed within the module
  • 2000 word Reflective Portfolio based on the theory of this module and linked to your approach and leadership style in the workplace
Entry requirements
  • First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
  • Open to recruitment for Police Officer, Police Staff or other law enforcement agencies
CPD award

This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.

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Further information

Further information is available in our Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies CPD brochure

Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
80-98 Mount Pleasant 
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