The application window usually opens in October and November. You will need to confirm that your force is participating in the process.
No, you can apply for the programme as many times as you want, but if you attend the National Assessment centre and are unsuccessful on two occasions you will not be eligible to attend for a third time.
No. All serving constables will need is the ability to meet the intellectual and academic demands of the programme.
This programme is a fast track from constable to inspector, with defined promotion dates to sergeant and integrated development at this rank. Consequently it is not suited to a candidate already serving as a sergeant. Existing sergeants should look to alternative force development programmes, which vary across forces, or traditional promotion opportunities.
Constables will complete an online application form. This application will then be assessed by the candidates own force and the force will decide which applicants to support for National Assessment Centre.
Forces will decide which candidates to put forward to the National Assessment Centre. Results will be communicated back to forces, which may (depending on workforce requirements and numbers of successful candidates) choose to run a further selection process. Forces will be responsible for deciding which of their candidates will be offered a place on the programme, as places are limited.
The National Assessment Centre will take place in March.
You should refer to the relevant level of the competency framework and make an honest assessment of your strengths and areas for development. Focusing on developing these will enable you to provide the best evidence of your suitability for the programme.
All candidates attending the National Assessment Centre will be able to apply for reasonable adjustment if they have a recognised disability, in line with the Equality Act 2010. If you would like further information, please review the Reasonable Adjustment and Accommodation policy which will be made available through the National Assessment Centre website.
Forces will normally be informed within a month. They will then make the final selection and inform with forces making the final selection and inform applicants.
Successful candidates will join the programme in December to allow them to sit the Inspectors' knowledge examination with the required pass mark to remain on the programme.
The programme starts with officers taking the National Policing Promotion Framework Step 2 at Inspector level. Officers will be expected to pass at 65% on the first attempt to remain on the programme. Officer will be required to complete and be signed off on their sergeant Work Based Assessment (WBA). There are five modules delivered by the College of Policing, plus Community Project, attachments to custody, and in force development if appropriate.
This will require the approval of your force and will need to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Officers who do not pass the step 2 NPPF examination, the step 4 NPPF Work Based Assessment part of the programme or where there are performance issues will revert to the substantive rank achieved at that point and to a standard track career path.
It is essential that Fast Track officers continually demonstrate appropriate levels of performance and behaviour and ongoing potential to reach at least superintendent rank throughout the programme.
Programme members facing temporary exceptional personal circumstances which may compromise their ability to undertake the programme successfully may request to defer or extend their participation in the Fast Track programme. There may be an occasion when an exceptional development opportunity arises which will affect the officers' ability to fulfil the requirements of the Fast Track programme. If the force considers this opportunity to be desirable for the officer and the force, then a deferral can be made up to a maximum of 12 months.
Police officers who are member of the current HPDS are not eligible to apply for the Fast Track programme.
The College of Policing recognises the need for senior officers in a Detective role. As part of the commitment to continually develop officers within a Detective pathway applications are encouraged from existing Detective Constables and those who aspire to a Detective career pathway. This will be dependent on the organisational needs of the force.