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Police: Recruitment

Question for Home Office

UIN HL16590, tabled on 24 June 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers have been recruited via the fast track direct entry scheme in each of the last five years.

Answered on

8 July 2019

The Government wants to see police ranks opened up with flexible entry and exit paths, encourage diversity of experience and backgrounds amongst police leaders and develop a culture of challenge, particularly in the senior ranks.

National figures show that 88 Inspectors and Superintendents have joined police forces through the Direct Entry scheme since 2014. The number of recruits each year is as follows:

Direct Entry Inspector Scheme
• 17 people started the direct entry to inspector scheme in 2016.
• 21 people started the direct entry to inspector scheme in 2017.
• 17 people started the direct entry to inspector scheme in 2018.

Direct Entry Superintendent Scheme
• 9 people started the direct entry to superintendent scheme in 2014.
• 6 people started the direct entry to superintendent scheme in 2015
• 8 people started the direct entry to superintendent scheme in 2016.
• 6 people started the direct entry to superintendent scheme in 2017.
• 4 people started the direct entry to superintendent scheme in 2018.

Information on which forces recruited Direct Entry Superintendents or Inspectors is not held centrally by the Home Office.

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