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Please note that the application window for Direct Entry Inspector 2019 is now closed.

If you are a current middle manager with leadership experience and are ready to tackle your biggest challenge to date, please register your interest for 2020 entry via LeadBeyond.

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 part of the Direct Entry Inspector programme and look for individuals who possess the required competencies for the role and make no apology for the robustness of the programme. Successful applicants are 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, professional services, banking, HM Forces, local government, civil service, marketing, journalism and education.

Find Out More

Read the College of Policing's DE brouchure *here*

How to Apply

Programme recruitment is annual with the application window opening every January. The next window will therefore open in January 2020.

The first stage of the process is to complete the online application form which you access via the  Direct Entry website.

You will be required to demonstrate the relevant competencies for the programme in your application. Help and guidance on completing competency-based application forms can be found via the  Lead Beyond website.

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.

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

The Process

For more information on the Direct Entry Inspector process read: Direct entry candidate overview.


If you are a current candidate for Direct Entry Inspector 2019 and 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