Sergeants’ and inspectors’ NPPF step-two legal exams

Support, guidance and information for people taking the national police promotion framework (NPPF) step-two legal exams.

2023 exam dates

Sergeants' exam Inspectors' exam


  • opens on Tuesday 1 August
  • closes at 6pm on Thursday 7 September


  • Tuesday 3 October to Thursday 5 October


  • opens on Monday 11 September
  • closes at 6pm on Thursday 12 October


  • Tuesday 7 November to Thursday 9 November

    Syllabus changes for all 2023 exams

    This statement is applicable to all candidates taking the following exams in 2023:

    • NPPF sergeants’ examinations (March and October 2023)
    • NPPF inspectors’ examinations (May and November 2023)

    The following sections have been removed from all 2023 exams and will therefore not be examined in the 2023 NPPF sergeants' and inspectors' examinations.

    The Blackstone's Police Manuals Volume 2: Evidence and Procedure 2023 sections:

    • 2.2.1
    • 2.2.2
    • 2.2.3
    • 2.2.4

    The rest of the syllabus will still be examinable.

    For their own knowledge, candidates are recommended to familiarise themselves with the updated legislation. Forces may wish to consider testing this within force.

    All candidates should refer to the relevant candidate handbooks for their exam for further information about the syllabus.

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