Direct Entry Inspector

The Direct Entry Inspector programme offers you thorough training and excellent support as you begin your career within the police service. With existing leadership skills, you’ll develop your management abilities and gain real policing skills. At the end of this comprehensive 24-month programme, you’ll be a uniformed operational inspector – positively impacting policing, the local community and wider society.   

The programme is designed to challenge you, so while there’s no need to have experience within policing, it’s essential that you’re ambitious, resilient and determined. You’ll also need to be realistic about the shift work. Being a police officer is not a nine-to-five job and the hours can often be unpredictable. To really thrive on this programme, you’ll need to be flexible and willing to adapt.    

If you think you have what it takes to become an inspector, have a look at our list of core competencies and take our self-selection questionnaire.

To tackle your biggest challenge to date, apply here.

You can also find out more about routes into policing here.


How does Direct Entry Recruitment work at West Yorkshire Police?

Find out from Inspector Mark Gamlyn who joined the Force last November as part of the College of Policing’s Direct Entry Inspector Scheme.  Mark previously worked as a national project manager with the Highways Agency.