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Durham Commissioner slams Government's fast-track police rank proposals

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Durham Commissioner slams Government’s fast-track police rank proposals

Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner has criticised the Government’s proposal to fast-track new police recruits to Inspector and Superintendent level, calling it a ‘dangerous move’ in police reform.

Currently all police recruits begin work as a constable. Under the proposals recently published by the Home Office for consultation some new starters would be able to skip the compulsory two years on the beat.  The proposals include:

  • Fast-tracking recruits to inspector level within three years
  • Allowing outsiders to join as superintendents with 15 months' training
  • Opening up chief constable roles to senior officers from countries such as Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand

Mr Hogg, who has condemned the plans, said:

“The Government has already announced that the starting salary for police constables is to be reduced to £19,000, which in itself will have a negative impact on policing. We will see a reduction in capable candidates as those who may genuinely want to become police officers will not be able to afford to do so.

“Police forces nationally are already facing deep financial cuts and the latest announcement to provide a direct entry route for new recruits into higher level positions is simply adding insult to injury to current serving officers, many of whom are ambitious and dedicated and work conscientiously for many years to progress through the ranks.

“If the Government is going to open up chief constable roles to those from other countries, I question why the range of countries selected is so narrow when we regularly see many capable candidates from overseas, particularly from the former Commonwealth countries, coming through our police training colleges”.

Posted on Wednesday 30th January 2013
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