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Direct entry supers: ‘No academic qualifications required’
written by Surrey Constabulary Blog on the 16th May 2014 at 12:04

But candidates must demonstrate substantial leadership and management experience under Met scheme, says senior officers.

Aspiring direct entry superintendents at the Met will not need any specific academic qualifications to be considered for the role, but must demonstrate “significant” career and life experience.

The force has confirmed it is looking for up to 10 candidates over the coming weeks but has stressed these will be “hand-picked” and “proven performers” in their fields.

Officers running the scheme have said there will be no compromises on training, adding that those selected will be put through a demanding 18-month programme.

But those who are successful can expect a £70,000 starting salary – including London weighting – and a posting to continue their career development under supervision at a London borough.

Chief Superintendent Andy Tarrant, who is running the scheme for the force, said he was looking for “proven performers” with substantial life and career experience.

While he admitted that no academic qualification was required, he stressed candidates needed to be strong performers in their careers – with substantial leadership and management experience.

He added: “We are after proven performers – those with a strong track record of managing change, delivering strategic priorities and managing resources well.

“Candidates who pass the paper sift will be invited to a three-day assessment at the College of Policing before an interview with the Commissioner.”

Ch Supt Tarrant expects that successful candidates will take up their appointments in November.

A bespoke training package would then follow for each of the individuals, with the majority embedded in the London boroughs to continue their professional development.

But Ch Supt Tarrant added: “They could be considered for a specialist area if they had a specific background.

“We can teach direct entry superintendents about policing in 18 months – providing the people coming in have the core skills, we will be able to build upon them.”

Ch Supt Gavin Thomas, Vice-President of the Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, said he was satisfied that the recruitment and training processes put in place by the Met were robust.

He agreed that experience – rather than formal qualifications – were key and pointed out that direct entry in the force could be an opportunity to enhance diversity at a senior level.

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