Police superintendent entry scheme criticised

Police inspectors entry scheme criticised

Police inspectors entry scheme criticised

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PLANS to accept police superintendents who have not worked their way through the ranks have been criticised by the Police Federation.

North Yorkshire Police will use the Direct Entry scheme to select two new superintendents, but the Federation says the roles cost too much when policing budgets are being squeezed.

Entrants will follow an 18-month training programme devised by the College of Policing, with initial reports suggesting the training will cost £180,000 per entrant with the money coming from central funds.

Sergeant Mike Stubbs, chairman of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said the scheme may not be the best use of limited resources, and the money used to provide that funding had been slashed from the budgets of police forces around the country.

Sgt Stubbs said: “The Home Office funding for these posts will last for three years and North Yorkshire Police cannot be criticised for taking advantage of it.

“But we are astonished that the Home Office can find this sort of money for an untested scheme which attracted little support from within the service when it was proposed. North Yorkshire Police recruits to high standards and we already have some outstanding individuals. The public are entitled to ask whether the Home Office has got its policing priorities right.”

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4:47pm Sat 28 Jun 14

ian923 says...

Without the experience of policing and coming through the ranks starting at the bottom direct entry Superintendents will be ineffective. The major decisions they need to make will be flawed because of lack of experience and they will need to be constantly monitored particularly in life and death and firearms incidents which they need to command. This means stand or fall on decisions made. For these reasons they will be a waste of space on £70'000 a year.
Without the experience of policing and coming through the ranks starting at the bottom direct entry Superintendents will be ineffective. The major decisions they need to make will be flawed because of lack of experience and they will need to be constantly monitored particularly in life and death and firearms incidents which they need to command. This means stand or fall on decisions made. For these reasons they will be a waste of space on £70'000 a year. ian923
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11:14am Sun 29 Jun 14

RooBeck says...

More gimmicks from the Tory Party, as they seem intent on wholesale reform of the police but without really knowing in which direction to go! Tacit political interference by Police & Crime Commissioners, some of whom were returned in 2012 by turn-outs of around 5% - the North Yorkshire appointee gained the sky-high support of approx. 7.5% of the available electorate! Now, with a non-police, former arch-bureaucrat of the rail regulatory board as the Chief HMIC, then it had to lead to this most recent outcome under the guise of better leadership and quality - sounds like a football analyst. Ian 923 is spot-on with his assessment and it is surprising and worrying, to see the police roll-over on this extremely important principle, unless of course they are hoping that it will fail and they can give it the "told you so" verdict! The paying public want more and better trained police-officers on the streets and far, far, less in the way of gimmicks and spin.
More gimmicks from the Tory Party, as they seem intent on wholesale reform of the police but without really knowing in which direction to go! Tacit political interference by Police & Crime Commissioners, some of whom were returned in 2012 by turn-outs of around 5% - the North Yorkshire appointee gained the sky-high support of approx. 7.5% of the available electorate! Now, with a non-police, former arch-bureaucrat of the rail regulatory board as the Chief HMIC, then it had to lead to this most recent outcome under the guise of better leadership and quality - sounds like a football analyst. Ian 923 is spot-on with his assessment and it is surprising and worrying, to see the police roll-over on this extremely important principle, unless of course they are hoping that it will fail and they can give it the "told you so" verdict! The paying public want more and better trained police-officers on the streets and far, far, less in the way of gimmicks and spin. RooBeck
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