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Deluge of applicants for fast-track police jobs

Mon, 30 Jun 2014
Police forces have been inundated with applications for senior fast-track positions since its launch back in March.  

A total of 888 applications have been made for 19 posts in seven police forces taking part in the direct entry superintendent programme, designed to recruit people from outside the policing profession.

There were 595 applications for between five and 10 positions at the Metropolitan Police, 83 for three posts in Avon and Somerset, and 67 for two in North Yorkshire.

Of the forces that are recruiting only one new superintendent there were 47 applications in West Yorkshire, 40 in Sussex, 38 in the City of London Police and 18 to British Transport Police.

Of the 888 applicants, 21% are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and 28% were women.

Applicants who successfully pass the first phase will be put through their paces at the College of Policing’s national assessment centre in late July.

Chief superintendent Nicola Dale, who is leading the College of Policing’s direct programme, says: “I am encouraged that we have received strong interest from people working in a range of fields from the military and education through to managing directors of charities and people working in the financial sector.”

Policing minister Damian Green says: "The future success of the police is dependent on attracting the best and brightest to careers in the force. “I am very pleased that the superintendents scheme has received such a high volume of applications, with an encouraging number from black and minority ethnic backgrounds as well as a broad range of professions. We are committed to opening up policing culture, and schemes such as this are attracting the candidates, which will enable that to happen.”
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