Being a police officer is not for everyone, and joining as a senior manager will bring even greater demands. Policing can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding but it’s also a very rewarding career. While the focus of this programme is to attract individuals with exceptional leadership skills from outside policing, you’ll still need to take on the responsibilities of being a police officer. That means that you will need to meet the same eligibility criteria required of anyone else who joins the police service. These criteria include checks into your finances, previous criminal convictions, fitness and membership of political groups.
There are no specific academic or educational qualifications the College of Policing requires in order to apply for the Direct Entry programme.
TRAINING AND SUPPORT
You will be supported throughout by mentors, skilled workplace coaches and the College of Policing.
Most of your day-to-day development will come while in force through operational rotations at the ranks of constable, sergeant, inspector and superintendent. The College of Policing will also provide you with invaluable modular-based training. You’ll be given a mentor, a tailored personal development plan, leadership coaching and media training. Importantly, you’ll benefit from the experience and knowledge of experts from across policing and partner organisations.
This is an important role and the package is competitive. Rates of pay vary by force, but you can expect to receive a starting salary in the region of £64,000 a year. Under current arrangements, that salary will increase incrementally year-on-year once you have successfully completed the programme.
You may also receive additional allowances, such as London weighting, to complement your salary. On top of that, you will be guaranteed an excellent pension plan, a fair and inclusive promotion policy, and a minimum of 31 days’ annual leave.
You can find out more information about the participating forces here.
If you are successfully placed on the programme, you will be required to undertake a fitness test. There are two elements to the test and you must pass both as a minimum standard to demonstrate you will be able to work effectively as a police officer.
If you don't pass the test at your first attempt you will be allowed to re-take it. Find out more about the fitness test and tips on how to prepare here.
The College of Policing are unable to answer residency and vetting eligibility queries on the behalf of forces as criteria varies force to force.
Please visit individual force websites for further information on residency criteria.
If applying for the Metropolitan Police Service contact their vetting unit via firstname.lastname@example.org with specific questions on residency/vetting.
Information on police recruitment standards can be found here.