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Direct Entry - Now Closed


The Direct Entry inspector programme has now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application.

Direct Entry

Policing is constantly adapting to changing needs and demand which means we need fresh, innovative and future-focused individuals in the right roles.

We want to recruit successful, proven leaders so that’s why we’re working in partnership with the College of Policing to encourage and support the right people to join the Force in managerial positions.

Through the Direct Entry programme, we’re able to recruit people who might not have a background in policing but have had flourishing careers as leaders. The ideal candidates are able to join at inspector or superintendent level, and this year, we’re delighted to have three inspector positions available. Fancy it?

Read on to find out more…

Are you the next Direct Entry inspector?

If this sounds like the role for you, what are you waiting for? The application window closed on 18 February at 11.55pm so don’t miss this fantastic opportunity and apply today.

Successful candidates will be asked to make an immediate impact on culture, efficiency and effectiveness but don’t worry, you’ll receive a vast amount of support to enable you to do so.

You’ll be trained for 24 months learning the skills required for your new role, in addition to gaining a qualification. Some training elements are delivered by the College of Policing and others such as in-force induction and officer safety training is given here at Greater Manchester Police.

We’ve been supporting the Direct Entry programme for three years and already we’ve secured two superintendents and three inspectors who are fully immersed in their training and supported by the College of Policing, mentors and colleagues.

If appointed, you will receive support from our newly appointed Direct Entry Officers in addition to a dedicated mentor who will offer you further guidance to ensure a safe and comprehensive induction into policing.

Am I eligible?

Check whether you’re able to apply by visiting the Eligibility and Vetting section of our website.

Sounds fantastic! How do I apply?

Here’s an overview of the selection process:

  • National application form - Candidates must meet the national eligibility criteria before completing the national application form. This is conducted through a series of questions online.
  • In-force sift - Following the national application form there will be a Force assessment via video interview.
  • National Assessment Centre - Those successful at the in-force sift will be invited to attend the Direct Entry National Assessment Centre (NAC) between 19 June – 3 July 2019.
  • Force selection - Candidates who are recommended at the NAC will be considered by their chosen Force against the vacancies available.


So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Direct Entry inspector here at Greater Manchester Police, apply today by visiting the College of Policing’s application page here.

If you have any question or queries about the Direct Entry programme, contact our Professional Policing Team at ProfessionalPolicing@gmp.police.uk or call 0161 856 0520.

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