Fast-track promotion plans could change recruitment for Humberside Police
PLANS to allow Humberside Police and every other force in England and Wales to recruit senior officers from outside the service are to be announced by the Home Secretary later.
The plans would mean people from other professions, including Army officers and successful business men and women, could move more quickly into senior positions.
Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce the shake-up today (Wednesday, January 30), which could also include changes to the law allowing foreign police chiefs to run British forces.
The current system sees all new police recruits begin work as a constable, regardless of their age, skill or experience.
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The direct-entry plans follow recommendations in a report last year by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary, and ex-rail regulator, Tom Winsor.
Under his proposals, "exceptional" applicants would have the chance to go from civilian to inspector in just three years. They could also make chief constable positions accessible to senior officers from countries such as Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
It currently takes about 25 years for a newly recruited constable to work their way to the most senior level.