Direct Entry programme re-opens for new applicants

As a Superintendent, you could find yourself within the top one per cent of officers

​A programme to bring more people with diverse backgrounds and different perspectives into policing has opened again to the public.

The Direct Entry programme is looking for experienced leaders from the private, public and third sectors to join policing as superintendents.

Traditionally superintendents have come up through the ranks, but the Direct Entry programme will train successful applicants to make the transition from civilian leader to police leader.

As a Superintendent, your priority is to determine the key concerns of communities in relation to safety, social inclusion and the prevention and reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour. In terms of rank and seniority, you will be within the top one per cent of officers.

The police forces who are accepting Direct Entry applications are Hampshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Sussex and Thames Valley, who are all expected to take one successful candidate each.
The Metropolitan Police is looking to recruit between five and 10 people.
There is a joint recruitment drive from Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire who will take on one recruit between them.

You can learn more about the training you will undergo by visiting the dedicated Direct Entry website.

Chief Superintendent Nicola Dale, who leads the programme for the College of Policing, said:

“We’re looking for exceptional candidates who have experience working in another sector so they can bring a different perspective into the service.

“We will support them through an intensive 18-month development course which will equip them with the skills they need to excel.”

Applications close on 6 March 2015.

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