TIPS ON APPLICATION

The Direct Entry Inspector programme application window is now closed. It reopens on 7th January 2019 and closes on 18th February 2019. 

FORCE SIFT AND SELECT

If successful, candidates will be asked to attend the National Assessment Centre. Any candidate unable to attend the National Assessment Centre will, unfortunately, be unable to continue the process.

Assessment Centre

You’ll need to attend this for three consecutive days. On day one, you’ll need to register and attend a briefing at 8pm. On day two, you’ll attend a full day of assessments. On day three, you’ll attend a half-day of assessments, which will finish at 1pm. Again, you’ll need to choose from the available dates on a first come, first served basis. If you can’t attend, unfortunately, you’ll be unable to continue in the process.

All the assessment centres will be held at one of the College of Policing sites.  

HOW ARE CANDIDATES ASSESSED?

The aim of the National Assessment Centre is to measure your suitability for the programme, including your potential to reach senior levels in the police service.

At every stage of the process, you’ll be assessed against our Competency and Values Framework. It’s a framework that supports all policing professionals by setting out nationally recognised behaviours and values. At assessment stage, you’ll be tested up to Level 2 of the framework, across six competency areas and against four behaviours.

Who are the Assessors?

All our assessors are trained in the principles and skills associated with the objective and fair appraisal of others. Assessors also receive training in the specific exercises used at the centre. Teams are made up of service assessors (from a UK force) and individuals who have equivalent managerial experience of the level being assessed from outside of policing.  

How do you determine if I am successful?

Once all the exercises are finished, your overall performance is considered. If you reach the requisite standard, we’ll recommend that you go on to the Direct Entry Inspector programme. The final decision will only be made once you’ve completed all the exercises and your performance on each exercise has been evaluated.

If successful, you’ll then be matched to a force that’s based on your initial choices (as far as possible). Forces will then decide if they want to conduct an interview or introduce a further selection stage, before offering a place to a candidate.  

What's the process?

Stage One

Complete the online application form, demonstrating the relevant competencies.

Stage Two

Completed applications will be sifted by your selected Force. Successful applicants will be recommended for National Assessment Centre attendance to further demonstrate their skills against the core competencies.

Stage Three

If successful, you’ll be invited to the Direct Entry National Assessment Centre, the final stage of the selection process.

Stage Four

Candidates who are successful at the National Assessment Centre will then be considered by their chosen force for appointment.

Application timeline - 2019 Entry

Application Window
7th January - 18th February 23.55 hrs

Force Paper Sift
19th February - 12th May

Candidates Recommended for Assessment Centre
13th May

Assessment Centres
19th June - 3rd July

Assessment Centre Results to Forces
10th July

Final Force Selection (if necessary)
10th July - 31st July

Clearing Interviews
1st August - 14th August

Conditional Offers to Candidates
15th August

Notice Period / Force Vetting / Medical
16th August - 17th November

Programme Start
18th November