How you apply

Upile Mtitimila | Detective Inspector, Cheshire Constabulary

Prepare yourself for promotion

We understand you’re busy, so we’ve made the application process for the Frontline Leadership Programme as simple and straightforward as possible.

The application process can take between one week to one month. This is highly dependent on how soon you fill out an application form and the earliest date you can attend a digital interview. It’s also dependent on the volume of applications we receive, so we encourage individuals to apply as soon as possible.

1. Application and eligibility

First, complete and submit your application form using the apply button below.

You’ll be asked to complete information about your eligibility for the programme. It shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to complete.

We’ll receive your application and review. You can find more information on eligibility criteria for the programme here.

In the application form, you’ll be asked for details which will enable us to check your eligibility for the programme. 

This will include:

2. Digital interview

Once you’ve passed eligibility checks, you’ll have the opportunity to book a date and time slot for a one-to-one interview.

Interviews are held digitally, hosted on MS Teams and last one hour and 15 minutes. This stage is an opportunity to find out more about you and your motivations for applying for the programme.

We are interested in how your personal motivations connect with the Police Now Mission, what motivates you to pursue promotion and why you want to join the Frontline Leadership Programme? It is important to share why the Police Now programme is right for you and how you will contribute to the aims of Police Now.  We understand that each person is an individual and this is your chance to decide if the Frontline Leadership Programme is right for you.

You can read about the impact Police Now has had on our communities here.

Participants sitting around tables at the first taught day

Interview hints and tips

Decided you’ve got what it takes? We’ve put together a range of support and guidance including videos to help you understand the interview process and to help you prepare for the interview. 

What to expect

In the interview, we want to hear about the strengths and skills you’ve developed within your policing career that demonstrate your potential for sergeant rank. 

How you have responded to situations? What’s your approach to finding a solution? What have you learned from those experiences? We’ll also be looking at how you’d respond to future challenges as a sergeant and the strengths you would use to overcome these.

The interview will include a range of questions styles including behavioural competency style questions, strength based questions and scenario based questions. Behavioural competency style questions are typically the type of questions you experience during assessment within the promotion framework. This will provide you with an opportunity for you to practice and develop your interview skills.

What we're looking for

We’re looking for ambitious, motivated and mission aligned individuals to join are programme.

You’ll be assessed against the skills, mindset and competencies required to succeed on the programme and your potential to thrive in a sergeant role. We will assess how you are aligned with Police Now’s mission and your strengths against our competencies and values. Our competencies align with the College of Policing Competency and Values Framework which set out nationally recognised behaviours for all policing professionals. Please develop your understanding of Police Now’s competencies.


3. Onboarding

You’ll find out the outcome of your interview within 10 working days. All candidates receive feedback via their account portal, whether they’ve been successful or not. Successful candidates will be provided a conditional offer onto the programme and asked to complete their offer letter within 5 working days.

You’ll have access to your onboarding portal, where you’ll see useful information to begin your journey on the programme. You’ll be supported to complete online learning ahead of your first taught day.

Finally, you will attend your digital induction, which provides a great opportunity to meet other participants, build your network and find out more about what to expect while on the programme.

Millie Tanner | Temporary Inspector

"I joined the Frontline Leadership Programme because I wanted to utilise the network, learning material, and development opportunities available. What really sold the programme to me was the mock board interview practice, as from previous experience going in front of the board, I knew this was an area I wanted to develop my confidence in.

I think it’s important to take the support that’s offered to you and always strive to learn new skills and develop existing ones, in order to get where you want to be and start affecting real change as a leader in policing."

Police Constable Emma Cantrell-Johnson,

Humberside Police

Applications are now closed.

In the meantime, you can check you're eligibility and register your interest for future intakes.

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