Being a police officer is not for everyone, and joining as a senior manager will bring even greater demands. Policing can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding but it’s also a very rewarding career. While the focus of this programme is to attract individuals with exceptional leadership skills from outside policing, you’ll still need to take on the responsibilities of being a police officer. That means that you will need to meet the same eligibility criteria required of anyone else who joins the police service. These criteria include checks into your finances, previous criminal convictions, fitness and membership of political groups.

A degree is required for the 2018 programme. We will consider applications from people over the age of 18 (at the time of application) but please be aware that while there is no upper age limit for appointment it should be borne in mind that the compulsory age of retirement for a police inspector is 60 years and 65 years for a superintendent. You must have either a level 6 undergraduate degree, any classification, or a university accredited qualification at level 7 or above, such as a post-graduate certificate, post-graduate diploma, masters or doctoral degrees (PhD) from a university in the UK or an equivalent from a non-UK university. All educational certificates will need to be provided in due course. A full translation must be provided for certificates that are not in English. 

To help you assess your own eligibility, please take a look at our list of core competencies  then complete our interactive self-selection questionnaire.