Outside leaders join the service for the first time in more than 180 years of British policing.
We have published the development programme for new Direct Entry superintendents who will start their training with the service in November.
For the first time in more than 180 years of British policing, seven police forces are each recruiting up to 20 experienced leaders from outside the service to join at a senior rank and work with officers and staff.
Our national assessment centre for candidates will take place in late July, with forces making formal offers to successful applicants shortly after.
The new recruits will spend 14 months of the training programme working in operational policing, with 11 months shadowing police officers at every rank to superintendent. They will spend a further three months in a supervised and supported superintendent command role in early 2016.
They will also be expected to lead a community partnership project and launch an initiative in their home force to improve the way the force works.
We will provide specific guidance for the Direct Entry recruits' line managers and mentors.
College of Policing lead for Direct Entry, Superintendent Nicola Dale, said:
"We are not expecting these new recruits to take up a command position on day one but we'll support and mentor them through the police ranks. The majority of their time will be spent with operational police officers so they understand the challenges faced by officers at every rank and the complexity of policing.
"We also want to benefit from the outside perspectives and skills that these new recruits bring, and we will make sure that they have every opportunity to make a positive impact on their force throughout their training."
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