How to become a chief inspector
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
- applying directly
If you're an existing police officer, you can apply for fast-track development through the ranks. You can also apply for promotion if you're currently an inspector.
If you're a middle or senior manager working in commerce or industry, and have relevant skills and experience, you can apply for the Direct Entry at Inspector or Direct Entry at Superintendent programme. You'll usually need a degree or postgraduate qualification to apply.
The programmes last between 18 and 24 months and offer the training and support you need to make the switch from your current job to an operational police leader.
After completing the training and with several years' experience working at operational level, you can apply to become a chief inspector.
You can get more advice about becoming a senior officer through the College of Policing.