An overhaul of police recruitment rules will allow access "to the best pool of talent and "attract the brightest", the Policing Minister said in a written statement.
The current rules mean that all officers must enter at constable rank and do two years on the beat.
The changes could see military officers and business leaders recruited at superintendent level.
Damian Green said the shake-up could introduce "fresh thinking" into the police from other sectors.
– Damian Green, Policing Minister
The issue of choosing our police leaders is of the highest importance to the future of the police.
The fast-track-to-inspector scheme will attract the brightest with the most potential to go on to become leaders.
Direct entry at senior ranks will make sure that there is access to the best pool of talent, those who have proven leadership and business skills and who can bring with them fresh thinking from other sectors.