Advanced Practitioner scheme

The Advanced Practitioner (AP) scheme is a lateral career progression opportunity for police constables. The introduction of advanced practitioners will enable police constables to progress in ways other than through vertical promotion.

An advanced practitioner undertakes their primary policing role at an enhanced level in a specified field of practice. They are able to work autonomously and are recognised as an expert and 'go-to' person in their force, committed to supporting and developing others, and furthering police practice both within and beyond their force. 

The scheme is part of our work to support delivery of the Policing Vision 2025, developed following our Leadership Review. The introduction of advanced practitioners will provide an opportunity for individuals to be recognised and rewarded for their professional expertise in their field of practice, independent of seniority.

We worked in partnership with seven forces between March 2017 and August 2018 to establish a pilot programme. An evaluation of the pilot was conducted to explore how this new role could work within policing. Based on the findings of the evaluation, we have developed an advanced practitioner model.


We want to refine the Advanced Practitioner scheme further through a service-wide consultation. This is to ensure the scheme has the best chance of achieving the benefits identified during the pilot and is practical for services to implement. From your feedback, we hope to understand a range of views across the service and use these to inform decisions on the future development and implementation of the proposals.

The consultation document presents the proposed national scheme for APs, including the background and rationale for their deployment in policing. It provides details of each component of the model and what should be nationally consistent and flexible within forces.

We are looking for a single organisational response. If your organisation wishes to take part in the consultation and hasn't been contacted already, or if you have further questions, please email

The consultation period is open from Tuesday 23 April and closes on Friday 14 June.

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