The scope of the role is vast, varied and critical to the success of the police force.   

As an inspector, you’ll be on the front line of crime initiatives, providing leadership in challenging and difficult incidents.  

On a day-to-day basis, you’ll lead and supervise a shift consisting of constables and sergeants. It’s about effectively using resources and managing budgets in the best way possible. Taking leadership and responsibility for major incidents, you’ll ensure that decisions taken are implemented efficiently and safely. You’ll always work to the highest standards, so that you can justify your actions and confidently handle complex and difficult situations. In short, this is a crucial leadership and operational role.

To thrive as an inspector, you’ll need to have flexible leadership skills, a willingness to challenge existing practices and a commitment to your own development. You’ll need to be confident at building partnerships and leading effective organisational change. This will be supported by your business skills and dedication to long-term, strategic visions. A creative thinker, you’ll always look to improve procedures and achieve the best outcomes.


Programme structure

Although you’ll hold the rank of inspector, you’ll undergo training as a constable and sergeant first. The programme combines classroom learning with operational training – giving you everything that you need to progress and showing you how to put it into practice. Ultimately, you’ll need the determination and confidence to manage your own professional development throughout the programme.

Constable rotation
In this rotation, an experienced constable will tutor you. You’ll be at the front line of the criminal justice system – dealing with everything from child abuse and missing people to family feuds and community tensions. It’ll be the first opportunity for you to use your training effectively, turning theory into everyday practice.

Sergeant rotation
With support, you’ll take responsibility for the general and technical supervision of officers and the wider team of police colleagues. You’ll manage resources, supervise investigations and keep a close eye on responses to critical incidents. This rotation will also see you conducting intelligence-driven briefings, taskings and debriefings, while also providing leadership to your team.

In just under a year, you’ll step into the role of an inspector. You’ll supervise constables and sergeants, plan and organise policing operations and set the strategy and response at critical incidents. Due to the 24-hour nature of the role, you might frequently find yourself as the most senior officer on duty.


The structure of the programme 

In-force induction
The programme begins with a two-week orientation, including training in first aid and personal safety.

College of Policing – Module 1
This module aims to prepare you for your first operational rotation as a constable.

Police constable rotation
You’ll spend 14 weeks in the force, performing the role of constable with an experienced work-based coach.

College of Policing – Module 2
This module aims to prepare you to your first operational rotation as a sergeant and introduces the role of inspector.

Sergeant rotation
You’ll spend 14 weeks in the force, performing the role of sergeant with a work-based coach.

College of Policing – Module 3
This module aims to prepare you to your inspector rotation - further developing risk management and decision-making skills.

Inspector rotation
You’ll spend 14 weeks in the force, performing the role of an inspector with a work-based coach.

College of Policing – Module 4
Module 4 is a module aimed at developing your knowledge of complaints and discipline, performance management, leadership, change management and partnership working. Programme members are also assessed in an immersive learning environment that will test their operational competence.

Response Inspector with support rotation
You’ll spend 12 weeks in the force, during which, you’ll take responsibility for an operational team for the first time and have access to a mentor to support your development.

Operational Inspector
You’ll spend 25 weeks performing as an operational inspector.

College of Policing programme completion
Throughout the 24 months, you’ll undertake work-based assessments, inspectors’ knowledge exams, action research projects and immersive live incident management.

Probation complete
You’ll have until the end of your probationary period to complete the work-based assessment at inspector rank.