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Direct entry Inspector programme

Direct entry Inspector programme

Interested in a career with the police service joining directly at Inspector rank?

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About you

If you are an experienced middle manager, senior manager or director in any sector looking for a more rewarding career where you can directly help people and make a personal difference to the lives of people in all of our communities, you are being asked to consider a switch of management career into policing.

The DE programme recruits people at the senior rank of Inspector and role requires dedicated, talented, flexible and proven leaders from outside policing and do not require any previous policing experience.

Applicants are recruited for their management skills in areas including budgets, teams, resources, systems and cultural change while also demonstrating their diversity of thought, life perspective and experience throughout the rigorous selection and assessment process.  

About the programme

The external DE recruitment programme works alongside internal police leadership development programmes to deliver the future cadre of senior police officers that the service requires in a fast paced changing world where the police require internal and external talent streams to deliver against the many challenges presented.

Suffolk Constabulary and the college are looking for individuals who possess the required competencies for the role and make no apology for the robustness of the programme. Successful applicants will be enrolled onto a 24 month combined classroom based and in-force training and development programme, which will equip recruits with the policing skills to complement their personal management experience and attributes. Rotational periods are spent in the roles of PC, Sergeant and Inspector during the training.

The College has helped forces recruit previous cohort members from a variety of industries including retail, journalism, professional services, banking, HM Forces, Local Government, Civil Service, marketing, journalism and education.


Are you Eligible?


You must be over 18 at the time of application. There is no upper age limit for appointment but you must bear in mind that the compulsory retirement age for a police inspector is 60 years.

Educational Requirements

You must be educated to Level 3 standard (e.g. A or AS level, National Diploma, National Certificate, Level 3 NVQ or City & Guilds) or equivalent to Level 3 qualification outside of England or Wales


You must be physically and mentally able to undertake the duties of the role and be able to pass a police fitness and medical check.


You will need to have been a UK resident in the last three years. Note that applicants serving in the British armed forces or UK Government Service are considered to have been resident in the UK.


You will be a UK, EU or commonwealth citizen, with no restrictions on your stay in the UK


You must possess a full manual driving license and must be able to travel to different locations throughout the programme.

Membership to BNP or similar groups

You must not be a\ member, or have been, of an extreme political organisation such as BNP, National Front or Combat 18 or similar organisations.


You should not have tattoos on your face, neck or hands which could cause offence. If you have a tattoo you will be asked to provide a brief description and photographs as part of the recruitment process. The nature, location, size, prominence and appearance of tattoos will be considered when making assessment of them for the role.

Serious convictions or recent cautions, bind-overs or findings of guilt

Ideally you shouldn’t have a criminal conviction or cautions. If you do have one, acceptance will depend on the age and nature of the offence. This will be determined by the full and confidential information you provide during the recruitment and selection process. If you fail to tell us about any cautions, investigations or criminal convictions that may be linked to you, your application could be rejected based on integrity in not disclosing information.

Financial Position

You must not have any current County Court Judgements (CCJ) against you or be the subject of an Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA). If you have been registered bankrupt you may only apply if it is at least three years since the date your debts were discharged.

How to apply

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