National assessment centre begins for Fast Track

More than 100 applicants to the Fast Track programme will begin undergoing two days of rigorous assessment by the College of Policing from today.

After 1,952 members of the public applied, a total of 121 got through the initial application stage of which 113 have decided to proceed and attend the national assessment centre, which runs until 29 April.

The Fast Track (police constable to inspector) is an accelerated three-year promotion and development programme which gives the most talented and experienced graduates the skills and knowledge to advance to the rank of inspector within three years.
The programme aimed will attract individuals with new perspectives and diverse backgrounds to support the continuous development of policing.

Of those attending the centre, 51 per cent are females and 49 per cent are males.
A total of 84 per cent were white, with 15 per cent coming from black and minority ethnic communities (1 percent opted not to disclose their ethnic background).

During the assessment centre process applicants will complete a series of job simulation exercises, a competency-based interview, a presentation and tests of their cognitive ability to evaluate their potential to be successful on the programme.

Fast Track is also open to serving police constables and can take them to the rank of inspector in two years.

Chief Superintendent Nicola Dale, who leads the fast track programme at the College of Policing, said:

“This programme is designed to develop the next generation of police leaders and ensure that the service attracts the best talent from outside policing and nurture the best leaders within it.
“The recruitment process is tough, and it needs to be because it is such a big ask to be an inspector after three years.”

Potential applicants will be able to apply to the programme again later in the year. There is a dedicated Fast Track website which will be updated with the latest information.

Notes to Editors

About the College of Policing:

The College of Policing is the professional body for policing. It sets high professional standards to help forces cut crime and protect the public. The College is here to give everyone in policing the tools, skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The College of Policing will enhance the ability of police forces and individuals to deliver their mission of preventing crime and protecting the public.

The College of Policing will:

  • Set standards
  • Promote evidence-based good practice
  • Accredit training providers
  • Support partnership working
  • Lead on ethics and integrity