Police leadership recruitment shake-up plans

by | Jan 30, 2013 | News

Nicky Little from Cirrus writes for Human Resources 
Home secretary, Theresa May, is expected today to unveil a shake-up of police recruitment rules, which could allow police forces in England and Wales to recruit senior officers from outside the service. The plans could also allow new recruits skip the compulsory two years as a constable on the beat and senior police officers from overseas to join as chief constables.

The current system sees all police recruits begin work as a constable regardless of age, skills or experience.

The proposals being put forward to MPs later today could see army officers and business leaders fast-tracked onto senior police positions.

The overhaul is part of a package of reforms that were drawn up by ex-rail regulator and Her Majesty’s chief inspector of constabulary, Tom Winsor. Under his proposals, “exceptional” applicants would have the chance to rise from civilian to inspector in just three years.

Nicky Little, head of leadership at leadership and brand engagement specialists, Cirrus, said: “There is a real opportunity here for the police to draw on the very best talent and experience from within the force, as well as bringing in some fresh leadership perspectives and more diverse experience from the outside. This combination can be very effective in many corporate organisations.

“Given the resistance to these proposals from some senior police officers in the media today, it’s likely that any leadership appointments from the outside may be met with some cynicism. Again, many private sector leaders are used to dealing with this – particularly in today’s tough economic climate, where the public increasingly values authentic leadership.”

Little added: “If the police see this as an opportunity and not a threat, it could present real opportunities for ever more positive transformation.”

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