Fast Track and Direct Entry programme evaluation

Research Institution / Organisation

College of Policing

Principal Researcher

Sarah Colover

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

November 2014

Research Context

The Independent Review of Police Officer and Staff Remuneration and Conditions, led by Tom Winsor, recommended reforms to expand the entry routes into policing. Subsequently the College of Policing was commissioned by the Home Secretary to develop two new talent management programmes; a three year fast track to Inspector (FT) route for graduates (external) and existing police staff, police specials and police constables (internal), and a direct entry to Superintendent rank (DE). In 2016, the College launched a new direct entry to Inspector programme. The FT external programme was closed to new recruits after the 2015 round of recruitment, whilst the FT internal programme continues to recruit a new cohort each year.

All schemes are aiming to open up entry to the service to people who will bring new perspectives and diverse backgrounds to support the continuous development of policing AND develop a cadre of officers with the skills, experience and capacity to reach the senior ranks of the service, to impact on and positively influence the management and culture of policing.

The final evaluation report is due to be presented to Parliament in March 2019.

Research Methodology

‚ÄčThere is a strong crossover between the aims of all three schemes (FT, DE Superintendents and DE Inspectors) which means it has been possible to adopt a broadly similar strategy to evaluating all three. They are being evaluated to address four identical research questions, concerning:

  • the background and demographics of programme members;
  • the barriers and facilitators to their career progression;
  • competence and value for money.

Date due for completion

March 2019
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