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Exam success – but what now for promotion hopefuls?

generic images of a police officers uniform, 6-5-2006More than 550 police sergeants in England and Wales have been successful in the Ospre part 1 inspectors’ exams – although doubt remains how many jobs they will eventually have to go into.

A total of 1,562 officers from 44 forces took part in the exam, with an overall pass rate of 35.7 per cent. In West Yorkshire Police 52.3 per cent of candidates – 34 – were successful.

Candidates received their results this week after sitting the exam in October. Sergeants still have to pass Ospre part 2 – or the work based assessment equivalent to be eligible for promotion.

Figures reveal that across England and Wales, there was no significant difference in the success rates of male and female candidates.

Females achieved a higher success rate of 39.9 per cent (138 successful candidates) compared with male candidates of 34.2 per cent. (412 successful candidates)

Overall representation of ethnic minority candidates remains consistent with previous years. The success rate of ethnic minority candidates was 36.4 per cent. (32 candidates)

Helen Slimmon, College of Policing Senior Psychologist, said: “The pass rate for this examination reflects how rigorous it is, which is essential to maintain the highest standards in policing.”

It was revealed earlier this year that at least 10,444 PCs and 3,778 sergeants have passed both OSPRE Parts I and II, or work-based assessment equivalents, but have not been substantively promoted.

In West Yorkshire, 517 constables and 157 sergeants found themselves in this position.

Mrs Slimmon added: “With fewer promotional opportunities within forces it is critical that we have the best leaders possible for the future.

“The College of Policing is committed to offering continuing professional development within policing. I would like to congratulate those officers who were successful and wish them every success in the next stage in their career.”

Date posted: November 24, 2013

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