Senior selection assessor

​What is this?

Entry onto the Fast Track for Serving Constables Programme, Direct Entry Programmes and the Strategic Command Course is recommended based upon performance at a national assessment centre. To help select applicants who will join the programmes, we need individuals with experience of performing the target roles, or the police staff equivalents, to objectively assess candidates at the Fast Track and Direct Entry Assessment Centres and Assessment Processes for the Strategic Command Course (Senior PNAC and the Senior Police Staff Assessment Process for the SCC).

Fast Track for Serving Constables Programme – this is a development programme supporting police constables to become inspectors within two years, with the potential to make it to at least superintendent during the course of their career.

Direct Entry Programme – this is a development programme supporting individuals outside of policing into policing roles. There are two entry routes:

  1. Supporting individuals to become inspectors with the potential to make it to at least superintendent during their careers.
  2. Supporting individuals to become superintendents with the potential to reach chief officer ranks during their careers.

Strategic Command Course (SCC) – The Strategic Command Course (SCC) is policing's most senior leadership development programme, preparing police officers and staff for promotion to the most senior ranks in the service.

For more information on the Fast Track and Direct Entry Programmes, the SCC and the assessment centres please see the links at the bottom of this page.

How will it benefit my leadership skills development?

  • Opportunity to build connections with other senior leaders within and outside of policing (individuals from all over the UK come to assess).
  • You will be directly involved in helping to identify the senior leaders of the future.
  • Opportunity to build your experience of objective assessment, skills for conducting assessments and giving feedback.
  • Opportunity to build a deeper understanding of assessment and selection in policing for your own development.

How do I get involved?

We would welcome anyone who has experience of performing in the target roles or the police staff equivalent. As such, there are slightly different criteria to assess at the Fast Track, Direct Entry and Assessment Processes for the SCC assessment centres. Therefore, the following prerequisites apply:

  • Fast Track and Direct Entry (inspector) processes: you must be a substantive superintendent, chief superintendent, chief officer or police staff equivalent or have completed the High Potential Development Scheme or the Fast Track Programme yourself and be a substantive inspector or chief inspector.
  • Direct Entry (superintendent) process: you must be a substantive superintendent, chief superintendent, chief officer or police staff equivalent.
  • Assessment Processes for the SCC: you must be a substantive chief police officer or police staff member. 


Additional criteria:
To be able to assess at  the assessment centres you must complete the Initial Assessor Briefing (IAB), which is a two-day course. You will bring your experience of assessing in local selection processes to the briefing and have the opportunity to enhance those skills. The briefing will assist you to develop your understanding of best practice in assessing for selection and promotion and the specific assessment model you will use as an assessor for the senior national assessment centres.

To book a place on the IAB please email the senior selection inbox at seniorselection@college.pnn.police.uk with your interest. After you have successfully completed the IAB you will be emailed  to confirm your availability to assess at a scheduled assessment centre. Each assessment centre requires your commitment for three or four consecutive days. Assessment centres are held at College of Policing, Harperley Hall, County Durham.

 

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