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Learning from others to progress into leadership

Published on 15 February 2022
Learning from people around you who have different skills and experiences can make all the difference
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Katherine Robinson

Temporary Sergeant Katharine Robinson started her policing career in Hampshire Constabulary as a member of police staff. Here she had the opportunity to go out in a police car to shadow some officers. She knew then that she wanted to become a police officer.

Katharine first started to consider leadership after delivering a presentation and getting good feedback. She realised she could inspire other people and make a difference both within the organisation as well as externally.

After moving into another department, a senior manager suggested that Katharine apply for the Fast Track programme

Application process

The application for Fast Track is quite long and detailed, with lots of different sections. Katharine approached the application by concentrating on individual tasks and taking it one day at a time.

She started by putting all her energy into the paper application. This resulted in Katharine successfully getting a board with the deputy chief constable who runs the Fast Track within Hampshire.

Katharine credits the support she had from her colleagues for helping her progress her application and push herself out of her comfort zone. She says the 'encouragement from colleagues meant the difference between going through the whole process and not even starting it.'

Don't underestimate what you can achieve. I think I spent a long time presuming that I needed greater breadth in policing before I approach leadership. I want people to know how far they can push themselves.

Temporary Sergeant Katharine Robinson

Hear more from Katharine about her personal journey to leadership and her advice to anyone considering starting their own.

Find out more

See if the the Fast Track programme for serving police constables suits your potential and strengths. 


You can join our workshops for more information and guidance about the application process. The workshops take place across three days but you will only need to attend on one day. Contact your force's Fast Track single point of contact (SPOC) to book.

Upcoming workshop dates run from:

  • Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 March (online)
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