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Super sergeants pass Inspectors assessment centre

generic images of a police officers uniform, 6-5-2006West Yorkshire Police’s future inspectors have outperformed colleagues from the rest of the UK in their OSPRE Part II assessment centre results.

Officers at the force saw a 85.7 per cent pass rate – significantly higher than the national average of 73 per cent.

Thirty sergeants from West Yorkshire passed the test, of 300 nationally. Nationally 384 candidates took the assessments, which were held at Harperley Hall in Durham and Bramshill, Hampshire.

The assessment is used by police forces in England and Wales to qualify officers to the rank of inspector.

Successful candidates can then apply for inspector roles through their local force procedures.

The assessment uses interactive exercises whereby candidates meet and interact with trained “role actors to deal with a rank-specific scenario. Meanwhile, a trained assessor observes, records and evaluates the candidate’s performance against a prescribed behavioural checklist.

Each candidate interacts with five different role actors and is observed by five different assessors throughout the assessment.

Candidates are then assessed on criteria including decision making, leading change, leading people, managing performance, professionalism, serving the public and working with others.

The candidates have been notified of their results.

Six forces saw a 100 per cent success rate; Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire.

Women were significantly more likely to pass the test then men, according to the College of Policing.

Of the 91 female candidates, 79 of them passed – 87 per cent. Among males, a total of 293 attended with 214 passing – just 73 per cent. The most successful age bracket for candidates was 25-29 where all eight of those who sat the assessment passed. Candidates who were aged 50 or over had the lowest percentage pass rate, with 17 candidates taking the assessment and nine passing – 53 per cent.

This year’s assessments saw 384 candidates attend – a decrease from last year, when 581 sat the assessment. Of the 384, a total of 293 (73 per cent) passed the assessment; last year 86 per cent (499 candidates) passed.

Date posted: August 28, 2014

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