Leadership Programmes

Fast Track and Direct Entry Programmes

Direct Entry at Superintendent

The Direct Entry at Superintendent programme supports the National Policing Vision in helping to bring existing exceptional leaders into the police service to make an immediate impact on culture, efficiency and effectiveness. This will be achieved by opening up entry to the service to proven leaders who will join policing directly at the rank of superintendent rather than having to work their way up from the rank of constable.

Programme members will be trained over 18 months and given coaching and mentoring, to equip them with the skills required to perform as a superintendent inspiring confidence in officers, staff and the public.    This will create a cohort that has the potential to further develop and acquire the skills and experience to progress to the chief officer ranks.

Direct Entry at Inspector

The programme will build upon and replace the existing Fast Track programme for external graduates. Future police leaders will have proven success as leaders in their previous careers and will be trained using a mix of classroom and on-the-job learning, including operational rotations at both constable and sergeant rank. This will enable them to gain the skills that are essential to enable them to lead and use their experience in a policing context. The candidates will work alongside experienced officers and have dedicated mentors to help them achieve the necessary level.

Fast Track for Serving Constables

Offers a development programme and promotion mechanism to enable the most talented serving constables to advance to the rank of inspector within two years. This will enable the service to develop a cadre of officers with the skills, experience and capacity to reach the senior ranks of the service, at least superintendent, to impact on and positively influence the management and culture of policing.