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Direct entry: Nearly 50 applicants for superintendent role

Police TapeForty seven applications have been made for a single direct entry post at West Yorkshire Police, the College of Policing has revealed.

A superintendent role has been advertised at the force – inviting applications from “fit and healthy” individuals from outside the police service to come into policing at the senior rank to bring “fresh perspectives and new ideas”.

The successful applicant will be given 18 months training before taking up the post, with interviews and assessments starting this month.

He or she will be expected to shadow police officers at every rank before beginning the role.

A total of 888 applications were made for 19 posts in seven police forces taking part in the initiative; 595 people applied for positions at the Met; 83 at Avon and Somerset Police; 67 in North Yorkshire; 40 in Sussex, 38 in the City of London and 18 were made for a single post at British Transport Police.

According to the College of Policing.  21% of the applications were from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and 28% were women.

Ch Supt Nicola Dale, who is leading the initiative at the College, said the scheme had received “strong interest”.

She said applications had come from people working in a range of fields “from the military and education through to managing directors of charities and people working in the financial sector”.

“This is an interesting, challenging and extremely rewarding role and we will put the best of these applicants through their paces at the College of Policing national assessment centre in late July.”

Policing Minister Damian Green said the police needed to attract “the best and brightest”.

Mr Green added: “I am very pleased that the superintendents scheme has received such a high volume of applications, with an encouraging number from BME backgrounds as well as a broad range of professions.

“We are committed to opening up policing culture, and schemes such as this are attracting the candidates which will enable that to happen.”

Date posted: July 3, 2014

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