Applications for 2020 open on Friday 13 December 2019 and close at 10pm on 3 March 2020.

Do you want to make a real difference and use your leadership and managerial skills for a greater good, working with the public, colleagues and the community? Are you able to make decisions and take action to benefit others? Are you currently working in a director or senior manager role? Are you looking for a career switch allowing you to use your transferable skills? Direct Entry could be the opportunity for you.

The issues faced by today’s police service call for fresh ideas and new ways of working, this is your opportunity to change more than your career path.

The national Direct Entry Inspector programme offers the training and support you need to make the transition from your current role as a leader in the public or private sector to an operational police leader and forge a new career in the police service with Greater Manchester Police.

Direct Entry Inspector is for exceptional, forward thinking individuals with proven strategic leadership and management skills. The two year programme has been designed to deliver robust and comprehensive training to ensure that, on completion, you will be a competent uniformed operational inspector able to lead policing operations and make a positive impact on our local communities.

Although exciting, intense and varied, being a police officer is not a nine-to-five job. It involves unpredictable hours, often working in high-risk circumstances. You will be expected to manage critical incidents and to direct and support your team in dealing with situations that are often complex and time-critical. You will have to justify and account for your actions to ensure that you are working ethically, with integrity and to the standards the public expect.

No previous experience of policing is necessary to join the Direct Entry Inspector programme but you will require high level and complex management skills. The two-year programme is a blend of classroom learning delivered by the College of Policing and our own Professional Development Unit. You will spend 80 per cent of your training working on operational rotations, learning first-hand what policing is all about.

If you want to do something worthwhile and give something back to your community, then a career as a Direct Entry Inspector could be for you.

To find out more about the programme and to apply visit Or download the Direct Entry Brochure