Direct Entry at Inspector

The application window for the  2019 Direct Entry Inspector programme has now closed. Find out more about the programme below and at LeadBeyond where you can register your interest for 2020 entry.  Applications for the 2020 programme will open in December 2019.

We have in recent years 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 new perspectives, skills and experience into the police service to deliver policing which is professional, efficient and capable of dealing with the growing pressures of today and beyond.

We work in partnership with participating police forces across England and Wales to recruit proven leaders onto our Direct Entry programme. The Direct Entry Inspector 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 24-month development programme offers the training and support you need to make the transition from your current role as a middle-management level leader to an operational police leader and forge a new career in the police service.

Come and meet the police at one of our Direct Entry regional events and hear first-hand from serving Inspectors. You'll be able to find out more about life in the police service, the Direct Entry programmes and training, the job role itself and the application process. 2020 events will be published in due course.  

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

Direct Entry Inspector is a fantastic opportunity for those with high degree of 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. If you are a current senior manager with leadership experience and are ready to tackle your biggest challenge to date,  please register your interest for 2020 entry via our LeadBeyond microsite.

Application process

The application process for the 2020 programme will open in December 2019.

The first stage of the process is to complete the online application form which you access via the LeadBeyond website and participating forces websites.

You will be required to demonstrate the relevant competencies for the programme in your application. Help and guidance on completing competency-based application forms can be found via the LeadBeyond website.

All completed applications will then be sifted by your selected Force's team of recruitment specialists and may be across several stages which could include a telephone or video interview. If you are successful you will be recommended for attendance at the National Assessment Centre (NAC) to further demonstrate your skills against the competencies for the programme.

If you are successful at the three day NAC you will be considered for appointment by your chosen employer Force.

Eligibility  

While the focus of this programme is to attract individuals with exceptional leadership skills from outside policing, it is essential that you 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 any Force specific eligibility requirements and process stages prior to applying. 

Full details concerning eligibility can be found in the Candidate Guidance document.

National Assessment Centre structure

At the National Assessment Centre, you will be assessed by a number of different assessors over numerous different exercises. All assessors are highly trained in the principles and skills associated with the objective and fair assessment of others.. Assessor teams are made up of a mixture of service assessors (from a force in the United Kingdom) and external assessors from outside of policing.

Once the assessment has finished, your overall performance is considered. If you reach the requisite standard, you will be recommended to go on to the Direct Entry Inspector programme.

Recommended candidates will then be matched to their chosen employer force in the first instance. Forces will then decide which of the recommended candidates they wish to offer places to. Forces may decide to conduct interviews or a further selection stage at this point, before offering places to candidates. Should there be more successful recommended candidates than places offered for a particular Force, recommended candidates will be offered to other participating forces or offered the opportunity to defer their appointment.

More information on the application process, eligibility criteria and assessment structure can be found on the LeadBeyond website.

How do you determine if I am successful?

Once the assessment has finished, your overall performance is considered. If you reach the requisite standard, you will be recommended to go on to the Direct Entry Inspector programme.

Recommended candidates will then be matched to their chosen employer force in the first instance. Forces will then decide which of the recommended candidates they wish to offer places to. Forces may decide to conduct interviews or a further selection stage at this point, before offering places to candidates. Should there be more successful recommended candidates than places offered for a particular Force, recommended candidates will be offered to other participating forces or offered the opportunity to defer their appointment.

2020 Direct Entry (Inspector) Candidate Guidance

Please find the documents to help you during the 2020 Direct Entry (Inspector) recruitment process via the downloads alongside right and via your chosen Force's website.