Proposals in the Winsor II document to introduce direct entry at the rank of superintendent are “barmy” and should not become a reality, it has been claimed.
Ch Supt Derek Barnett, President of the Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, told the Federation conference that the move would be costly and unnecessary.
He also dismissed Mr Winsor’s suggestion that chiefs from other countries should have the opportunity to lead English and Welsh forces as “equally barmy”.
As reported on Police Oracle, a decision to take on a candidate for direct entry at superintendent level would only be made at the discretion of a chief constable.
The candidates would be required to have significant management experience.
But Ch Supt Barnett predicted that the superintendent candidate numbers would be so small and the scheme would cost so much money that chief constables would shun the idea.
He said that there were already high calibre chief inspectors ready for promotion.
Ch Supt Barnett’s view was shared by Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Sara Thornton, who did not think direct entry at superintendent level was practical.
But she believed that it would possible to progress with Tom Winsor’s proposals for direct entry at inspector rank, highlighting that the move would also draw gifted internal – as well as external – candidates aspiring for swift promotion.