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. In March 2019, we will be consulting on proposals for the introduction of an advanced practitioner scheme for policing, at the rank of police constable.

Findings from the evaluation will be published on the College What Works website on launch of the consultation. 

If you have any questions on the Advanced Practitioner scheme, or the evaluation findings, please email:

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