Police employment criteria changes proposed

A complete shake up of the way that senior police officers are recruited is being discussed and detailed by the government. Under current measures all police recruits begin employment with the force as constables. Age, skills and experience do not play a part at this point. Officers can then work their way up over the course of their career. However, these new ideas will see outsiders be able to join at a more senior level, opening up the force to people from other professions including businesses and other public sector industries. It will also potentially give officers from overseas (such as the US, Canada and Australia) to join the police force in the UK at Chief Constable level. These suggested changes have come from a report from inside the police force itself and were proposed by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor. He feels that these changes, which also include fast tracking new recruits to inspector level within three years, will make the police force an attractive option to graduates as a career in the City. There is of course opposition to these ideas with many arguing that we have the best police force in the world and that perhaps this is because of the way that the force has been run and the way in which officers at all levels are currently recruited. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.  Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with employment  law solicitors in Reading  and across the country.