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Interested in a career with the Police Service joining directly at Superintendent or Inspector rank? Book yourself onto a Direct Entry Meet the Police regional event and find out if the programme is for you. The Service is looking to recruit proven leaders from across industry in 2019.

Cumbria Police in partnership with The College of Policing are delighted to announce that the application window for Direct Entry Inspector 2019 is now open. Applications will close on 18th February 2019 at 11:55pm.

To apply for the role of Direct Entry Inspector at Cumbria Constabulary visit the College of Policing's application page *here*


About Direct Entry Roles

If you are an experienced middle manager, senior manager or director in any sector looking for a more rewarding career where you can directly help people and make a personal difference to the lives of people in all of our communities, you are being asked to consider a switch of management career into Policing.


The College's DE programme recruits people at the senior rank of Inspector in partnership with Forces across England and Wales. This role require dedicated, talented, flexible and proven leaders from outside Policing and do not require any previous policing experience.


Applicants are recruited for their management skills in areas including budgets, teams, resources, systems and cultural change while also demonstrating their diversity of thought, life perspective and experience throughout the rigorous selection and assessment process.  


The external DE recruitment programme works alongside internal Police leadership development programmes to deliver the future cadre of senior police officers that the Service requires in a fast paced changing world where the Police require internal and external talent streams to deliver against the many challenges presented.


Cumbria Police are recruiting for Direct Entry Inspectors only and are looking for individuals who possess the required competencies for the role and make no apology for the robustness of the programme. Successful applicants will be enrolled onto a 24 month combined classroom based and in-force training and development programme, which will equip recruits with the policing skills to complement their personal management experience and attributes. Rotational periods are spent in the roles of PC, Sergeant and Inspector during the training.


The College has helped Forces recruit previous cohort members from a variety of industries including retail, journalism, professional services, banking, HM Forces, Local Government, Civil Service, Marketing, Journalism and Education.


DE recruits are already making their mark and after some initial resistance have been well accepted by colleague's in-Force and are illustrating their value in challenging and bringing difference into senior officer thinking where appropriate while leading from the front, empowering staff and bringing new creativity and fresh ideas into the Service.


Find Out More

The College of Policing runs 'Meet the Police' events across the country allowing attendees to hear first-hand from serving police and direct entrants. Attendees can find out more about life in the police service, the Direct Entry programme, the training process, the job role and the application process. To book onto an upcoming event visit:


How to Apply

If you're interested in using your industry transferable management skills for the greater good in society and looking for a new career at a senior level with an appropriate starting salary (Circa 48K paid from day one of your training course) take a look at for more information.


You can download an application form here

You can find helpful tips for your application here

Eligibility Criteria

You will need at a minimum a level 3 qualification (details below), within the meaning of section 3 of the Education and Skills Act 2008,

All of the below can be in any subject:

  • University Degree
  • A Level
  • AS Level
  • NVQ - level 3 or above
  • Cambridge Technical L3 Certificate
  • Cambridge Technical L3 Introductory Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical L3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical L3 Diploma
  • Cambridge Technical L3 Extended Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Certificate
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Level 3 International Certificate in Computer Studies(ICCS) NCC Education UK
  • NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety


If you have any questions please contact Cumbria Police's HR department via email: please use the subject title: Direct Entry Inspector 2019.


Please note: Cumbria police does not have any force specific eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria can therefore be found on the eligibility section of the Lead Beyond website.