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PCs to fast track to inspector rank in two years

Five serving PCs in West Yorkshire Police will have a chance to jump to the inspector rank in just two years under a new fast track to inspector programme.

The Fast Track programme will see police constables with the “skills, qualities and strategic understanding” developed by the force and the College of Policing to the rank of inspector.

Successful candidates could become inspectors by 2017.

Across England and Wales, 32 police forces are looking for up to 95 candidates – constables interested are being told to apply through their home force.

Successful applicants will attend a 1 ½ day assessment centre between 23 February to 8 March and then start the Fast Track programme on 28 September 2015.

Then, the successful candidates will join 43 people from outside of policing – who started their constable training in September – to form a single training and development group.

College of Policing lead for the programme, Ch Supt Nicola Dale, said: “This programme is designed to develop the next generation of police leaders and ensure that the service attracts the best talent from outside policing and nurture the best leaders within it.

“The recruitment process will be tough and potential applicants should ready themselves for a testing, but ultimately rewarding, development programme.  We will be equipping successful candidates with the skills they need to lead their colleagues and inspire confidence and trust of the public in communities that they serve.

“I encourage serving officers who believe they have the ability to reach at least the rank of superintendent to talk with their supervisors about the programme and consider applying.”

To be eligible, the College of Policing states officers must be a serving regular constable (i.e. not a member of the Special Constabulary) and have the support of your chief officer.

Police constables can apply while in their probation. Probationary constables must have completed the full Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and be signed off before starting the Fast Track programme.

Those holding OSPRE® parts 1/2 (either or both) are also eligible.

Temporary police sergeants currently undertaking work-based assessment (WBA) can apply, provided they are not likely to be confirmed as substantive in the rank before the programme start date.

According to the College of Policing, substantive police sergeants are not eligible to apply for this programme.

Date posted: October 24, 2014

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