ABOUT THE ROLE

In this critical operational role, you’ll be on the front line of crime initiatives, providing leadership and making decisions during major incidents. Day to day, you’ll lead and supervise constables and sergeants, using resources and managing budgets in the best way possible. Always working to the highest standards, you’ll challenge existing practices, creating positive outcomes for the community, the police as well as your own development. Confident at building partnerships and leading effective organisational change, you’re also a creative thinker, dedicated to long-term, strategic improvements.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Classroom and operational training will quickly progress you through the ranks of both constable and sergeant. But you’ll also have the determination to manage your own professional development. 

CONSTABLE ROTATION

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Tutored by an experienced constable, 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.

SERGEANT ROTATION

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With support, you’ll manage resources, supervise investigations and keep a close eye on responses to critical incidents. You’ll also conduct intelligence-driven briefings, taskings and debriefings, while providing leadership to your team.

INSPECTOR

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In just under a year, you’ll step into an inspector role: supervising constables and sergeants, planning operations and setting the strategy at critical incidents. Due to the 24-hour nature of the role, you’ll frequently be the most senior officer on duty.

PROGRAMME details

A TWO-WEEK IN-FORCE INDUCTION

includes training in first aid and personal safety

COLLEGE OF POLICING (MODULE 1)

prepares you for your first operational rotation as a constable

A 14-WEEK ROTATION AS A CONSTABLE

with an experienced coach.

COLLEGE OF POLICING (MODULE 2)

prepares you for your first operational rotation as a sergeant and introduces the role of inspector.

A 14-WEEK ROTATION IN THE ROLE OF SERGEANT

with a work-based coach.

COLLEGE OF POLICING (MODULE 3)

prepares you for your inspector rotation, as you further develop risk management and decision-making skills.

A 14-WEEK INSPECTOR ROTATION

with a work-based coach.

COLLEGE OF POLICING (MODULE 4)

develops your knowledge of complaints and discipline, performance management, leadership, change management and partnership working. Your operational competence will be tested in an immersive learning environment.

YOU'LL SPEND 12 WEEKS AS A RESPONSE INSPECTOR

taking responsibility for an operational team, supported by a mentor.

YOU'LL SPEND 25 WEEKS PERFORMING AS AN OPERATIONAL INSPECTOR

COMPLETION OF YOUR 24-MONTH COLLEGE OF POLICING PROGRAMME

during which time you’ll will have completed the National Police Inspectors’ knowledge exams, action research projects and immersive live incident management.

You'll need to complete all the elements of work-based assessment at inspector rank by the end of your probationary period.

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