Direct Entry at Superintendent

There will not be an intake for Direct Entry Superintendents in 2020.

In recent years we have introduced Direct Entry points into the police service at the ranks of Inspector and Superintendent. The Direct Entry training and development programmes are a fundamental and crucial change to bring professionals with proven leadership skills, different thinking and experiences from other sectors into the police service to deliver policing which is professional, efficient and capable of dealing with the growing pressures of today and beyond.

Direct Entry Superintendent is a fantastic opportunity for those with senior managerial/director experience in the workplace. This is a chance to use your skills and talent to help make an impact on policing, the local community and wider society in a way you never thought possible, as well as gain real policing skills in a prestigious management career. 

We work in partnership with police forces across England and Wales to recruit proven leaders onto our  Direct Entry programmes. The Direct Entry Superintendent programme opens up the police service to professionals who will bring proven leadership from diverse backgrounds and different experiences from other sectors to support the continuous development of policing. The 18-month development programme offers the training and support you need to make the transition from your current role as a senior-management/director level leader to an operational police leader and forge a new career in the police service.

Direct Entry Superintendent is for exceptional individuals with proven leadership and management skills who want a new, challenging and rewarding career. The 18 month programme has been designed to deliver robust and comprehensive training to ensure that, on completion, you will be a competent uniformed operational Superintendent able to make a positive impact on policing and your community.


While the focus of this programme is to attract individuals with exceptional leadership skills from outside policing, you will still need to take on the responsibilities of being a police officer.

That means that you will need to meet the same eligibility criteria required of anyone else who joins the police service. These criteria include checks into your finances, previous criminal convictions, fitness and membership of political groups.

We typically expect candidates to have a level 6/7 qualification but will also consider applicants that can demonstrate equivalent level experience

You should consult your selected employing Force's website to learn about Force specific eligibility requirements and process stages prior to applying.

Direct Entry opens up the police service to people who will bring new perspectives and diverse backgrounds to support the continuous development of policing. No prior experience of policing is necessary to join the programmes. The development programmes will enable you to make the transition from your current role as a leader to a police leader and they are for exceptional individuals who want a challenging and rewarding career.

If you are a director or senior manager operating at an  executive level with experience in setting strategy, standards and policy across a department or organisation, and have a proven track record in improving organisation performance, managing budgets and resources, the Direct Entry Superintendent programme may be for you. We are looking for exceptional leaders that inspire confidence and bring with them innovative thinking that will help shape the future of policing. 

As a direct entrant at the rank of Superintendent, you will already be confident in leading teams with focus and vision, and comfortable making tough decisions under pressure. You will need to be fit and healthy, possess a high level of personal integrity, and have an exceptional ability to understand and influence people from all walks of life.


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