Direct Entry

With private sector leadership experience, join the police at a higher rank.

This scheme, run by the College of Policing, enables those outside of the police to join a training programme and enter the force at a higher rank from the start. Designed for new entrants or those coming back to policing after a significant break, the aim of the programme is to recruit high-quality professionals from a variety of sectors outside of policing.

Direct Entry enables us to benefit from the talents of a wide range of people who already have managerial experience to bring new ideas, diverse work experience and the valuable skills needed to help us meet the demands of the future.

When we have opportunities to join us through Direct Entry, this will be advertised on the College of Policing’s Lead Beyond website. You can also find out what ranks you can enter at, which forces are recruiting, eligibility information, frequently asked questions, and submit an application.

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