The College of Policing has today published the number of applications received to the direct entry superintendent programme
A total of 888 applications have been made for 19 posts in the seven police forces taking part in the initiative.
There were 595 applications for between five and 10 positions at the Metropolitan Police, 83 for three posts in Avon and Somerset and 67 for two in North Yorkshire.
Of the forces that are recruiting only one new superintendent there were 47 applications in West Yorkshire, 40 in Sussex, 38 in the City of London and 18 to British Transport Police.
Of the 888 applicants, 21 per cent are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and 28 per cent were women.
The deadline to apply for a position at the City of London Police, the last force to finish the recruitment exercise, passed on June 23. Applicants who successfully pass the first phase will be invited to the College of Policing national assessment centre in late July.
Chief Superintendent Nicola Dale who is leading the College of Policing’s direct programme, which will bring people from outside policing into superintendent roles, said:
“I am encouraged that we have received strong interest from people working in a range of fields from the military and education through to managing directors of charities and people working in the financial sector. This is an interesting, challenging and extremely rewarding role and we will put the best of these applicants through their paces at the College of Policing national assessment centre in late July.”
Policing Minister Damian Green said:
"The future success of the police is dependent on attracting the best and brightest to careers in the force.
“I am very pleased that the superintendents scheme has received such a high volume of applications, with an encouraging number from BME backgrounds as well as a broad range of professions. We are committed to opening up policing culture, and schemes such as this are attracting the candidates which will enable that to happen.
“Successful applicants will receive world-class training from the College of Policing and will bring a fresh perspective and approach, benefitting their colleagues and the public.”
Notes to Editors
More information about the direct entry programme can be found here.
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The College of Policing is the professional body for policing. It sets high professional standards to help forces cut crime and protect the public. The College is here to give everyone in policing the tools, skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The College of Policing will enhance the ability of police forces and individuals to deliver their mission of preventing crime and protecting the public.
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