Fast-track police officers into senior roles launched

Nearly two centuries of policing tradition will be swept aside from Tuesday when moves to fast-track officers into senior roles come into force.

Previously the only way to enter the police, since Robert Peel founded the Metropolitan in 1829, had been to join as a constable.

Police seek outsiders for top ranks Credit: PA

The College of Policing has today launched two new recruitment programmes to bring people with more diverse backgrounds and new perspectives into policing - offering direct entry and fast-track into top positions.

It means the traditional route of entry-level officers spending time as a bobby on the beat will be replaced with a three-year fast-track to inspector scheme and direct entry at superintendent level, while the rank of chief constable will be opened up to overseas applicants.

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Senior policing fast-track recruitment scheme launched

Nearly two centuries of policing tradition will be swept aside from Tuesday when moves to fast-track officers into senior roles come into force.