Strategic Policing through Action and Character course

Course details

Program area: Leadership

Course code: SPAC

Course registration details
Session(s) Location Start date End date
24-01B English Virtual/Ottawa 2024-01-15 2024-02-02
24-04B English Virtual/Ottawa 2024-09-03 2024-09-20
24-06B English Virtual/Ottawa 2024-11-18 2024-12-06


  • Accommodations are offered to course participants. Our rooms are subject to availability and the request must be indicated on the course registration form
  • Meal plans are offered to course participants. The specific meal plan must be indicated on the course registration form
  • Travel grant funding is available to our non-federal law enforcement agencies


The Canadian Police College is pleased to offer the new, modernized SPAC. The new SPAC is now the Strategic Policing through Action and Character course. It is based on an extensive needs analysis and replaces the previous Senior Police Administration Course. This modernized leadership development course has retained many of the elements of the previous SPAC and places greater emphasis on interpersonal awareness and communication. This SPAC includes the following elements:

This course is for individuals working in law enforcement who have had some supervisory experience and who are ready to accept the leadership challenges of more senior or complex managerial roles. Students learn how to improve and adapt their personal management and leadership skills to meet changing social conditions. Topics covered include leadership and management concepts, leading high performance teams, issue analysis and problem solving, business case development, research, ethics, conflict resolution, and communication.

Format and delivery – 2 options

Length of course

Option 1

Virtual – 7 weeks

  • with approximately 15 hours/ week of virtual learning during weeks 2,3,5 and 6
  • weeks 1, 4 and 7 involve more independent learning
  • a more detailed schedule will be provided to participants

Virtual: maximum 16 students

Option 2

Blended delivery – 3 weeks in duration

  • 1 week of virtual (on line) learning
    • Monday to Friday – 8 hrs. a day

Followed by

  • 2 weeks in class with presenters
    • Monday to Friday, 8 hrs. a day

Blended: maximum 24 students

Learning outcomes

Eligibility and mandatory requirements


Transfer credits

The graduates of the College's Strategic Policing through Action and Character (SPAC) course, are eligible for credits toward specific programs at Charles Sturt University and at Wilfrid Laurier University. For more information, please refer to the Transfer credits section.


For more details or other information about the course, please email

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