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Career & learning

Information and training to help increase your policing skills, get a promotion or change roles.

Leadership skills at every stage of your career

Our National Centre for Police Leadership (NCPL) is for everyone working in policing. It sets the standards for leadership and provides guidance, tools and development opportunities. 

The NCPL is supporting forces to deliver our police leadership programme to officers, staff, and volunteers across England and Wales.

Police leadership programme

We're ensuring that everyone who works or volunteers in policing has the same opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Your leadership programme

Starting your career in policing

Entry routes for joining the police and how new joiners are professionally trained.

Find out more about joining the police

Progressing your career

Information on the values and behaviours expected of everyone in policing, professional development, and preparing for promotion.

Values and behaviours

The competency and values framework (CVF) sets out the values and behaviours expected of everyone working in policing. It's used to help with recruitment, assessment and development processes. The behaviours, competencies and values defined in the CVF help to uphold the principles of the Code of Ethics

Taking exams online

General practical guidance for candidates and links to the national police promotion framework (NPPF) sergeants' and inspectors' exams, and the national investigators' exam (NIE)

What you need to know


Face-to-face and online learning resources to help you develop your skills.

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