Direct entry into the police

Ways to become a police officer by joining straight into an inspector or superintendent role. These programmes are currently paused.

Bringing external skills to policing

The College of Policing currently provides two direct entry programmes to bring external candidates, with proven leadership skills, into policing. Programme members embark on an incremental journey through the ranks and are trained and assessed to ensure they are equipped with the skills required to inspire confidence in officers, staff and the public.

Inspector and superintendent programmes paused

Having submitted a five-year evaluation of the Fast Track and Direct Entry programmes to Parliament, the Direct Entry programmes were paused to allow the College of Policing to consult with the service about the role these programmes will play in the longer term. The consultative process continues and a decision on the future of these programmes will be made later in 2022.