Changes to officer promotions just weeks away

Process for promotion to sergeant or inspector will change in April

​A new process for officer promotions across England and Wales will come into place on the first day of the new financial year, 1 April 2015.

Officers who want to be promoted from constable to sergeant, or sergeant to inspector, will now undergo the National Police Promotion Framework (NPPF). Currently officers sit two exams, called OSPRE® I and OSPRE® II, before becoming eligible for promotion.

Working is ongoing in the College to ensure forces are up to date.
Last month we hosted an event for all forces across England and Wales to introduce the National Police Promotion Framework.

The regulatory change process within the college has now been completed and agreed by our board.
The regulation amendment is now clearing the final legal process within the Home Office and is scheduled to become effective as of 1 April 2015.

College NPPF lead, George Couch, said: “The College, and the trial forces who have already adopted the NPPF, will continue to support forces as they commence their planning process to try and minimise the impact of the transition.

“A number of presentations on the NPPF will take place over the next few months aimed at specific groups. The first will be a presentation to forces on how NPPF applies to High Potential Development Scheme and Fast Track officers.

“It is recognised that introduction of NPPF is of interest to many officers and as part of a communication strategy it is proposed to hold an interactive conversation via twitter.

“The date has not yet been set but will be publicised in advance to allow for wide participation.”

When updates arise, information on the NPPF will be hosted on a dedicated page on our website. A Q&A sheet for officers is also available online.  

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