College says first major promotions shake-up in years will “provide supervisors with the necessary leadership skills”.
In a comprehensive shake-up of the police promotions process, the College of Policing has said that OSPRE II will be scrapped after this year and replaced with work-based assessments.
The College Professional Committee has announced today (March 20) that it is adopting the new National Police Promotion Framework (NPPF) for promotions to sergeant and inspector, following a trial by seven forces.
Under the NPPF, officers who have completed their probation and are signed off as competent will be put forward for the OSPRE I written law exam followed by an in-force assessment of their performance. This replaces the OSPRE II one-day behavioural assessment.
If officers pass OSPRE I and the initial assessment, they will be promoted on a temporary basis and undergo a 12-month programme to evaluate their performance. If they pass, their promotion will be made permanent.
The College has endorsed the change after a recommendation by the Police Promotion Examinations Board (PPEB).
The College said the proposal will be rubber stamped in May after an evaluation of the NPPF trial. This has been taking place in Avon & Somerset Constabulary, Bedfordshire Police, Hertfordshire Constabulary, Merseyside Police, the Metropolitan Police Service, Sussex Police and Thames Valley Police.
The current OSPRE II assessments for 2013 will continue and are not affected by the announcement.
The decision was made by the College’s Professional Committee, made of up Chief Executive Alex Marshall, the leads in the business areas and representatives of police staff associations.
The College said further details would be made available following discussion with forces and after its Professional Committee agreed the implementation plans with the PPEB.
CC Marshall said: “The introduction of the NPPF is the first significant change to the promotion process for many years. It will provide newly-promoted sergeants and inspectors with the necessary operational and leadership skills, developed in their local environments, to deliver a high quality service to the public.”
Julie Beardwell, who chairs the PPEB, said: “This important development allows officers to develop the necessary skills to lead their teams and raise further the standards of service.”
The College said it would provide further information to forces and officers about the National Police Promotions Framework on its website, and in a series of regional meetings.
From Police Oracle