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.

There are no specific academic or educational qualifications the College of Policing requires in order to apply for the Direct Entry programme.

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