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We will extend direct entry into the police, including at chief officer level

Last updated: 02:38pm 15 December 2018

We will extend direct entry into the police, including at chief officer level.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.44

Our verdict

In 2013, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government introduced direct entry into the police for the first time. Under the scheme new entrants to the police force are able to join at management level, rather than joining as a constable and working their way up through the ranks.

In their 2017 election manifesto, the government pledged to “extend” direct entry into the police, “including at chief officer level”. So, has this happened?

In terms of extension, the government have set to work with Police Now to launch a national detective training programme which will deliver accelerated training in just 12 weeks. 

However, the manifesto promise is that the extension of direct entry will include chief officer level.  The new training programme aims to boost the numbers entering forces at the rank of detective, but makes no mention of more senior roles.

To mark this as ‘done’, we will need evidence of efforts to enable or encourage direct entry specifically at chief officer level. Until then, this remains ‘in progress’. Follow this policy to keep up to date.

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