More than 400 people have registered for the opportunity to join the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Direct Entry Programme as a Superintendent.
For the first time in its history, the MPS is opening its doors at management level to new police recruits who don’t necessarily have a policing background.
“Could you be a Leader for London?” the Met is asking as it seeks to recruit five to 10 highly talented leaders with successful careers at a senior level in other professions or sectors, and whilst no academic qualifications are required they must already be equipped with excellent leadership skills.
The advertising, designed to represent the police epaulette and featuring the crown insignia of a Superintendent, have been appearing in print media and online.
Of the 421 people who have registered an interest so far, most have managerial and professional experience and over a quarter are from a BME background.
So a finance manager who currently spends their day trying to locate missing funds could find themselves training to be a MPS Superintendent and leading an operation to find a missing child.
A head teacher who meets with parents and governors to discuss educational programmes could find themselves addressing Independent Advisory Groups about the policing plan for a borough.
And it’s not too late – prospective candidates can still register their interest at: metpolicecareers.co.uk/superintendents with a view to uploading CVs at the beginning of June and completing an online assessment.
The Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: “We need to ensure our leaders have the widest possible range of skills and knowledge and I believe this first cadre of direct entry superintendents will help us transform the Met for the better.
“Policing is a challenging but very rewarding career and I’m sure that those who join us through this new initiative will get back every bit as much as they are able to give to the police service and the public of London. We need exceptional people – are you up for the challenge of fighting crime and saving lives in London?”
The vision for the programme is to bring existing exceptional leaders into the police service so their experiences and backgrounds enrich the Met’s culture.
The necessary policing knowledge and skills will be added to that to help the applicants become effective police leaders.
Candidates will go through a rigorous application and assessment process so that only the most able are selected. It is anticipated they will take up post in November 2014.
They will then undergo 18 months of training tailored to their personal development needs but also learning to simulate real-life police operations and on-the-job learning with supportive supervision.
The programme is being coordinated nationally by the College of Policing (CoP).
CoP lead for direct entry, Superintendent Nicola Dale, said: “Successful applicants to this programme will bring different skills and fresh perspectives from other sectors into policing, which will benefit both the police service and the communities we serve.
“As senior operational managers in the police service, these new joiners will not take command from their first day but will undergo our intensive 18-month training programme to equip them with the police skills they need to keep them, their colleagues and the community safe.
“Superintendents do a difficult but extremely rewarding job and I would encourage people who want to give something back to their community, and who have the leadership skills and experience, to consider a future as a leader in policing.”