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Direct Entry for Inspectors

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The Direct Entry scheme is now closed. Please check these pages for future opportunities.


Derbyshire Constabulary is a modern, effective and innovative organisation that is constantly looking to meet the needs of our ever-changing communities.

The Direct Entry inspector programme aims to attract a diverse range of the population who can use their previous professional experience to develop a new, challenging and rewarding career in policing, targetting successful individuals who will bring new skills, perspectives and a breadth of experience to our force.

This role will be the same as an operational police officer, after two years progressing to the rank of inspector. Life in the police force is not like a regular job, and its combination of excitement, variation and challenges make it a unique career path.

All police officers work in high risk circumstances, such as critical incidents or dangerous, complex situations. These hours are often unpredictable, therefore it does not conform to the usual 9 to 5 job.

About the programme

No previous experience of policing is necessary to join the Direct Entry Inspector programme.

The programme is for exceptional individuals with proven leadership and management skills who want a new, challenging and rewarding career.

The two-year programme has been designed to deliver robust and comprehensive training, with a combination of classroom-based learning and operational training and development. On completion, you will be a competent uniformed operational inspector able to make a positive impact on policing and your community.

It is a fantastic opportunity for those with several years' experience in the workplace. This is a chance to use your skills and talent to help make an impact on policing, the local community and wider society in a way you never thought possible, as well as gain real policing skills in a prestigious management career.

The College of Policing has helped forces recruit from a variety of industries including retail, journalism, professional services, banking, HM Forces, local government, civil service, marketing, journalism and education.

Applying for Direct Entry

The recruitment window for Direct Entry at inspector level is now closed.

Please note that you can only apply for one programme and one force at a time in any recruitment year, so, if you have already applied for the Direct Entry Superintendent programme (2019), or for Direct Entry Inspector to a different force, you will not be able to apply for Direct Entry Inspector without first withdrawing your Direct Entry Superintendent application or the Direct Entry Inspector application that was made to a different force.

Eligibility Criteria


You will need to have been a UK resident for the last three years.


You will be a UK, EU or commonwealth citizen, with no restrictions on your stay in the UK. 

Driving Licence 

You do not need to hold a driving licence when you apply, but would need to commit to passing your driving test by April 2020 to enable you to continue in the role. The licence you must attain is a full UK manual driving licence. Please be aware that between September and February your training will take place in both Derby University and Police Headquarters at Ripley and you will need to be able to travel to both of these locations on a daily basis. From February onwards you will be joining your team at a police station, which may be anywhere in the county, and you would need to be able to travel to your allocated station for the required shift start times. 

Membership to BNP or similar groups 

You must not be a member, or have been, of an extreme political organisation such as BNP, National Front or Combat 18 or similar organisations.  


You should not have tattoos on your face, neck or hands which could cause offence. If you have a tattoo you will be asked to provide a brief description and photographs of the tattoo. The nature, location, size, prominence and appearance of tattoos will be considered 

Serious convictions or recent cautions, bind-overs or findings of guilt 

Ideally, you shouldn't have a criminal conviction or cautions. If you do have one, acceptance will depend on the age and nature of the offence. This will be determined from the full and confidential information provided during the recruitment and selection process. 

If you don't tell us about any cautions, investigations or criminal convictions that may be linked to you at an early stage, your application could be refused simply because you weren't being open and up front. 

Financial Position 

You must not have any current County Court Judgements (CCJ) against you or be the subject of an Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA). If you have been registered bankrupt you may only apply if it is at least three years since the date your debts were discharged



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