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 External Link.

You can also find out what ranks you can enter at, which forces are recruiting, eligibility information, frequently asked questions, and submit your 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.

Hampshire Constabulary will be recruiting for the 2020 Direct Entry Inspector Programme, this will be open nationally from the 11th December 2019 to the 3rd March 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) / qualification equivalent or equivalent management experience.
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 and leadership experience is essential.

The Application and Selection Process

The selection process consists of an initial sift of the written application forms followed by a telephone interview for those who have been successful at the application form stage.  Those who are shortlisted from the telephone interview will be invited to a face to face interview in force.  The final stage of assessment is the National Assessment Centre which is held over 3 days during June 2020.  All assessments are based upon the Competency and Values Framework (CVF) LINK BELOW

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.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Positive Action is the term used to describe the special activities that employers may hold within the law aimed at reducing the disadvantage or under-representation experienced by those with any kind of protected characteristic.

If you are from a minority group and have an interest in Direct Entry or any recruitment Programme within Hampshire our Positive Action team are available to provide support through the application and assessment process by contacting:  This will get you access to bespoke workshops and guidance at pre-selection stage.


Ready to apply? If so then between 10am on Friday, 13 December 2019 and 10pm on Friday, 3 March, 2020 You can do so here.