Superintendent Colin Hudson has been appointed as Commander for the Windsor and Maidenhead Local Police Area (LPA).
Supt Hudson started his new role on Monday (19/2) taking over from Supt Bhupinder Rai, who transferred to her new position as Head of Force CID on the same day.
Supt Hudson is the first to join Thames Valley Police (TVP) via the new Direct Entry Superintendent programme. This national initiative, which is operated by the College of Policing, is designed to recruit high calibre professionals from a variety of sectors outside of policing.
With a degree in physics and longstanding career in software engineering within the mobile telecommunications sector, Supt Hudson brings a fresh perspective to support the forces digital ambitions.
Prior to joining TVP, he delivered multiple complex projects for a range of small, medium and large companies, including the rollout of Sky’s first internet service. This diverse skill set and experience complements the vast talent that already exists within the force.
Speaking about his new appointment, Supt Hudson said: “I am very pleased and really honoured to be given command of the very professional and effective police resources across the Windsor and Maidenhead Local Police Area.
“I am looking forward to working with my officers and police staff in collaboration with local partners to build on the successes already achieved. By working in this way, I will continue to investigate and disrupt crime to enhance the quality of life and safety of everyone in our community.”
Notes to editors:
Any interview requests should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. It should be noted that Supt Hudson will not be taking questions about the Direct Entry Scheme and any such enquiries should be directed to the College of Policing.
The Direct Entry Superintendent programme has a rigorous nine-stage selection process and can take up to eight months to complete.
As part of the selection process, candidates are on an intensive learning programme and have to complete rotations as a Constable, Sergeant, Inspector and Superintendent. They are required to pass all assessments at each rank in a very short space of time, as well as passing a new legal exam, which covers statutory responsibilities.
Candidates must also complete a business improvement report and a community engagement project, both of which are scrutinised by a panel at the College of Policing. Whilst doing this, candidates have to participate in duty cover and are temporarily posted into a Superintendent position. During this time they shadow another senior officer as part of their development plan.
Out of the 950 candidates who applied for the programme nationally, Supt Colin Hudson is one of only eight to be joining the service.
More details about the Direct Entry Superintendent programme can be found on the College of Policing website at: http://recruit.college.police.uk/Officer/leadership-programmes/Direct-Entry-Programme/Direct-Entry-Superintendent/Pages/Direct-Entry-Superintendent.aspx