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. However below we have provided some additional information which may help you if you are applying to join the scheme and wish to work for Hampshire Constabulary.

The Direct Entry Inspector recruitment process for 2019 has now closed. The next recruitment opportunity will be in 2020.


Within Hampshire we typically expect candidates to have a Level 6/7 qualification but will also consider applicants who can demonstrate equivalent level experience for the  programme.
However as a minimum they are expected to have one of the following:

Two A Levels (A-E) or equivalent. 
CKP - Certificate of Knowledge of Policing 
Experience of working in the armed forces / emergency services / selected police staff roles (two years within last five)
Fluent in language other than English (including sign language)

Middle Management experience is desirable.

The Application and Selection Process

Applications are centrally collated by the College of Policing and then shared with Hampshire Constabulary.

Hampshire Constabulary conduct a selection process based upon the Competency and Values Framework (CVF). The selection process will consist of a shortlisting exercise and interview. Candidates successful at interview stage will then attend the College of Policing’s National Assessment Centre.

Should more candidates pass the Assessment Centre than there are places available in Hampshire Constabulary, the highest performing candidates shall be selected. This will be done using the scoring outputs from the interview and Assessment Centre.

Hampshire Constabulary is an organisation which values its people and we are committed to creating a diverse workforce to ensure we are representative of the communities that we serve.

We aim to be the best and we want to attract the best. If you are dedicated, hardworking, have vision and the drive to succeed, then you could be the right person to join us.

Our people are creative, skilled and come from a variety of backgrounds. Our mixture of staff makes us what we are.

Positive Action

We are particularly interested to hear from individuals from our Black, Asian, Eastern European, Nepalese, Chinese and Filipino communities.

If you would like further information on this or other opportunities please register your interest with our Positive Action Team. You can email them at or call 07392 289585.