Direct entry Inspector programme
Interested in a career with the police service joining directly at Inspector rank?
Norfolk Constabulary in partnership with The College of Policing are delighted to announce that the application window for Direct Entry (DE) 2019 is now open.
If you are an experienced middle manager, senior manager or director in any sector looking for a more rewarding career where you can directly help people and make a personal difference to the lives of people in all of our communities, you are being asked to consider a switch of management career into policing.
The DE programme recruits people at the senior rank of Inspector and role requires dedicated, talented, flexible and proven leaders from outside policing and do not require any previous policing experience.
Applicants are recruited for their management skills in areas including budgets, teams, resources, systems and cultural change while also demonstrating their diversity of thought, life perspective and experience throughout the rigorous selection and assessment process.
About the programme
The external DE recruitment programme works alongside internal police leadership development programmes to deliver the future cadre of senior police officers that the service requires in a fast paced changing world where the police require internal and external talent streams to deliver against the many challenges presented.
Norfolk Constabulary and the college are looking for individuals who possess the required competencies for the role and make no apology for the robustness of the programme. Successful applicants will be enrolled onto a 24 month combined classroom based and in-force training and development programme, which will equip recruits with the policing skills to complement their personal management experience and attributes. Rotational periods are spent in the roles of PC, Sergeant and Inspector during the training.
The College has helped forces recruit previous cohort members from a variety of industries including retail, journalism, professional services, banking, HM Forces, Local Government, Civil Service, marketing, journalism and education.
Are you Eligible?
You must be over 18 at the time of application. There is no upper age limit for appointment but you must bear in mind that the compulsory retirement age for a police inspector is 60 years.
You must be educated to Level 3 standard (e.g. A or AS level, National Diploma, National Certificate, Level 3 NVQ or City & Guilds) or equivalent to Level 3 qualification outside of England or Wales
You must be physically and mentally able to undertake the duties of the role and be able to pass a police fitness and medical check.
You will need to have been a UK resident in the last three years. Note that applicants serving in the British armed forces or UK Government Service are considered to have been resident in the UK.
You will be a UK, EU or commonwealth citizen, with no restrictions on your stay in the UK
You must possess a full manual driving license and must be able to travel to different locations throughout the programme.
Membership to BNP or similar groups
You must not be a\ member, or have been, of an extreme political organisation such as BNP, National Front or Combat 18 or similar organisations.
You should not have tattoos on your face, neck or hands which could cause offence. If you have a tattoo you will be asked to provide a brief description and photographs as part of the recruitment process. The nature, location, size, prominence and appearance of tattoos will be considered when making assessment of them for the role.
Serious convictions or recent cautions, bind-overs or findings of guilt
Ideally you shouldn’t have a criminal conviction or cautions. If you do have one, acceptance will depend on the age and nature of the offence. This will be determined by the full and confidential information you provide during the recruitment and selection process. If you fail to tell us about any cautions, investigations or criminal convictions that may be linked to you, your application could be rejected based on integrity in not disclosing information.
You must not have any current County Court Judgements (CCJ) against you or be the subject of an Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA). If you have been registered bankrupt you may only apply if it is at least three years since the date your debts were discharged.
How to apply
Recruitment lines open at 10:00am 7 January and close at 11:55pm 18 February.
You will be directed to The College of Policing website, where you will need to select thevacancies tab.
Closing date for applications
23:55 hours on 18 February
Shortlisting of applications and initial force interview
Between 19 February and 12 May
Between 19 June and 3 July
Final force selection interviews
Between 10 July and 14 August
From 14 August
Programme start date
18 November 2019
You can find further information regarding the programme and the role at www.leadbeyond.police.uk.
There are also events being held in various locations to give you an opportunity to learn more about the programme and meet representatives from forces. If you are interested in attending an event please register for a place at Meet the Police regional event . You can register for any location but please note the local regional event is being held in Ipswich on 26 January 2019 where there will be members from the recruitment team, recently appointed DE Inspectors and other officers from Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.
If you would like to talk to a member of the recruitment team about these opportunities please contact them on 01953 425699 and dial extension number 2334.
So if you’re interested in using your industry transferable management skills for the greater good in society and looking for a new career at a senior level with an appropriate starting salary (Circa 48K for Inspector paid from day one of your training course) we would welcome an application from you.