Mother of Stephen Lawrence meets Direct Entry cohort

First civilians rising straight to rank of superintendent speak to the Baroness

Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, has met with the Direct Entry cohort as part of their training with the College of Policing.

Baroness Lawrence, the mother of Stephen Lawrence, a British teenager who was murdered in a racist attack in South East London in 1993, spoke to the future superintendents on 8 January at our base in Bramshill.

Baroness Lawrence, who was named as Britain's most influential woman in the BBC Woman's Hour power list 2014, last week spoke to the nine Direct Entry cohort about the work of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Direct Entry is a recruitment programme introduced by us last year to bring people with more diverse backgrounds and different perspectives into policing.

Baroness Lawrence said: “It is important that police officers reflect the communities they serve and the Direct Entry programme will mean that people from different career and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to come into policing,  bringing different and fresh perspectives to the job.

“After meeting the nine future superintendents, I was impressed with their professionalism and enthusiasm to be new leaders of policing.

“I believe opening up the police service in this way will increase trust among the public and can begin to make a change to the culture of policing.”

The future superintendents, made up of five men and four women, bring experience from a range of sectors including finance, law and the civil service.  Two of them are from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

Under the programme, it is the first time anyone from outside the service in England and Wales will enter at the rank of superintendent.

Traditionally people have come through the police service and gone up through the ranks.

The cohort began training in November 2014 and will spend 14 months 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.

Applications for the next round of Direct Entry superintendents will open on 2 February and successful candidates will join the police service and begin the development programme on 26 October 2015.

The application window may vary slightly from force to force. A dedicated website will host links to force recruitment websites where potential applicants can access further details.

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