New College of Policing CEO confirms that examination system will be reviewed imminently.
The future of the police officer promotion process is up in the air after the chief executive of the new College of Policing said Ospre may not be fit for purpose.
CC Alex Marshall said that one of the first things he will do in his new role is to review “whether the current Ospre system of promotion is the most appropriate in the current circumstances”.
“I will do that quickly,” he told Policeoracle.com.
When asked by whether Ospre could be under threat, he stated: “Yes”.
“At the moment we have got hundreds or thousands of people backed up with Ospre qualifications,” added CC Marshall, speaking at the launch of the College of Policing in London.
“Some of whom may not get promoted over the next few years. I don’t want officers unnecessarily going through an exam system if it doesn’t deliver promotion – which is why they went into it. I want a system that suits today’s circumstances.”
CC Marshall said he will “look at all aspects of Ospre”.
Speaking last year, Sir Peter Fahy, ACPO lead on workforce modernisation, admitted that a lack of promotion opportunities for officers is “a very serious issue which affects the morale and motivation of our staff”.
This week, CC Marshall, formerly chief constable of Hampshire Constabulary, added: “Promotions might start up again in the next couple of years because most of the cuts have been delivered. As people leave you are likely to see a bit more recruiting and a bit more promoting.
He said he planned for the College of Policing to lay out continuous professional development for a full career of police officers. “In some cases those careers will be 40 years, whereas they used to be 30 years,” added CC Marshall. It is very important that we think about the whole career of an officer.”
It was revealed last year, under a Freedom of Information request, that at least 9,150 officers in England and Wales – PCs and sergeants – had passed the promotion process but had not been moved up a rank.
In December, the College of Policing revealed that 81 per cent of police constables who took the sergeants’ OSPRE Part II promotion assessment centre passed. A total of 1,561 candidates were assessed, of which 1,272 were successful.
All these officers will now be waiting for sergeants roles in their forces.
From Police Oracle