Police launches fast track to the top to encourage talent

A new police fast-track scheme is set to help identify talent and encourage
younger officers to reach senior positions more quickly.

The High Potential Development Scheme could have an impact on the make-up of
top- level policing as programme graduates can expect to reach senior posts as
high as chief constable.

The scheme is open to serving officers as well as outside candidates. Once
the selection process is completed, candidates will be fast-tracked to a top
post.

Candidates will also benefit from a structured career framework –
specialised training designed to allow leadership skills to flourish and
mentoring by training and career specialists.

The HPD scheme, which trains and monitors candidates over six years, will
also measure individual performance. It aims to recruit around 100 people a
year.

Martin Tiplady, director of HR at the Metropolitan Police, said the scheme
would help develop more rounded officers.

"It will enable people to grow through the ranks more quickly, with
more support and encouragement," he said.

"The mentoring scheme will help officers gain a wider range of
experience and will be a useful tool for HR."

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