The issues faced by today's police service call for fresh ideas and new ways of working. The Direct Entry Inspector Programme offers the training and support you need to make the transition to an operational leader in the police service. It is for exceptional individuals with proven leadership and management skills who want a challenging and rewarding career.
You will lead briefings and review incidents as they come in, allocating resources as well as responding immediately to critical situations. You will need to assimilate complex information quickly, make sound decisions and direct your team in response to numerous demands. You will also be at the forefront of change, needing to think beyond the constraints of current ways of working.
Training and support
The programme is designed to attract highly talented applicants from outside the police service and equip them with the operational competence and strategic understanding required for the role of inspector.
You will undertake rotations at the ranks of constable, sergeant and finally inspector before completing the programme.
You will be given everything you need to progress and shown how to put that learning into practice. Each candidate is supported with:
tailored personal development plans
exceptional training delivered by experienced police officers and outstanding subject matter experts
on-the-job training with personal coaching and supervision
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate collective and adaptive leadership qualities, humility, innovative ideas and the ability to work in partnership with key stakeholders. You will also be required to meet the standard police officer eligibility criteria as follows:
be at least 18 years of age
be a British or Commonwealth citizen or an EU/European Economic Area national
have leave to remain in the UK indefinitely
have a full manual UK or EEA driving licence before receiving a formal offer of appointment or obtain it during the recruitment process
have two full A levels, grade A-E, or equivalent, or higher. Your application will be rejected if your highest qualification is lower than two full A levels or their equivalent.
not have served any period of imprisonment or youth detention
be in good health, of sound constitution and able to physically and mentally perform the duties of a police officer once appointed
not have piercings or tattoos which could cause offence
not have applied unsuccessfully within the last 6 months
live within 20 crow miles of two of our main police stations by formal offer of appointment. Consideration might be given to those living within 20 crow miles of one police station and up to 30 crow miles of another of our main police stations. A degree of flexibility is expected in terms of postings
Recruitment Information Event
Interested in finding out more? Register your attendance at our Direct Entry Recruitment Information Evening to learn more about the role and recruitment process. Current Direct Entry officers will be available to answer your questions.
Tuesday 22 January, 6-8pm (HQ South, Kidlington, OX5 2NX) – book your place.
The application window is now open with a closing date of Monday 18 February 2019. Visit the College of Policing job board and select “Direct Entry Inspector” from the list of vacancies to begin your application. If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a force interview prior to being recommended for the National Recruitment Assessment Centre.