First day for direct entry Superintendents

In a first for British policing, officers start at the rank of superintendent

​For the first time in British policing new police officers have joined the service this week at the rank of superintendent rather than police constable.

They are part of the new direct entry programme which will see nine successful applicants trained and developed to the rank of superintendent over the next 18 months. 

The participating seven forces received 888 applications to join the initiative.  After a tough and testing recruitment process, nine successful candidates will join four police forces. 

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

The new recruits will spend 14 months of the training programme working in operational policing, with 11 months shadowing police officer 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.

It will be delivered by us and the successful applicants' home force. College of Policing Chief Executive Alex Marshall, said:

"This programme is designed to attract talented people from outside policing to bring in different skills and expertise which will allow us to develop the service. The recruitment process has been tough and all of these candidates can be proud of how they performed in the demanding national assessment centre."

"The next 18 months will be equally testing as we equip them with the skills they will need to lead their colleagues and inspire the confidence of the public in the communities that they will serve."

There's more information around the direct entry programme on our website.

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