Aspiring direct entry superintendents can expect a “brutal” assessment programme that will ensure they are fully capable before they are signed off in the rank.
Superintendent Nicola Dale, who is leading the programme at the College of Policing, said those selected would face a demanding schedule as they were put through the rigours of every rank in the service.
Speaking after publication of the training regime, she added that the safety of officers and the public depended on the new superintendents being capable of meeting the strict and high standards expected of them.
She also said there needed to be “a cultural acceptance” of the new officers by those in policing.
Supt Dale told PoliceOracle.com: “I would hope that the assessment process will be robust enough to pull out people that are good leaders and instil confidence in them.
“The process has got to be brutal – we are after all talking about the safety of officers and members of the public and so they will be subject to continuous assessment.”
As reported on this website, several forces – including the Met and Avon and Somerset – have now begun their recruitment programmes for direct entry at superintendent level.
Successful candidates will be top performers in other sectors, who will be put through an 18-month programme that will take them to operational command in the Police Service.
Supt Dale highlighted that superintendents entering the service would spend an initial period in their forces before beginning a four-week spell at the College of Policing.
“The idea is to get them introduced to the basis of being an officer – carrying a warrant card and dealing with operational issues such as stop and search,” she added.
“They will go back and spend two months as a constable – while they will be wearing their superintendent crowns they will be our on tutor patrols. They need to do their early, late and night shifts or they will have no chance in management.”
From sharp end policing, the aspiring superintendents will then move on to first-line supervision – and the role of the sergeant and inspector. The final four months of the 18-month programme will see them at superintendent level under supervision.
Supt Dale stressed that it was important that the service was accepting of the new officers – and that the skills they brought from their previous employment were fully exploited.
She added: “It will be a huge step change for them, going from one sector and stepping into another – another stage of our work is introducing a mentoring programme.
“Once we have got people we have to make sure that we retain them – it is important that there is also a cultural acceptance of them within the Police Service.”
From Police Oracle