The College of Policing published its review of police leadership in 2015 and since then has begun implementing the recommendations. Recommendation 8 focuses on enabling the development and recognition of expertise within policing, for officers and staff, other than through rank or grade progression. The recommendation aims to provide opportunities for lateral development through establishing advanced practitioners in policing; the first stage is to undertake a pilot, initially for constables. The outcomes of the pilot and its evaluation will inform any decisions about a potential national roll out. The advanced practitioner role aims to provide a lateral career opportunity for police constables that recognises professional expertise, independent of seniority. The role is being piloted in seven police forces. The evaluation of the pilot will seek to determine how the role has been interpreted in each force and by individual advanced practitioners. It will consider what lessons can be drawn from the pilot and how these might be applied for any potential national roll out.
This research is exploratory and seeks to identify key learning from the pilot and inform any potential national roll out of the advanced practitioner role within policing. To address the research questions the evaluation will comprise three key methods: