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Millie Tanner | Temporary Inspector, Thames Valley Police

Developing exceptional officers

This programme is designed to prepare ambitious and motivated police officers for promotion to the next level of leadership.

It’s a challenging programme and the onus is on you to take individual responsibility to address these challenges, with support and input from your peer group and your Progression and Development Officer. You’ll have access to specialist knowledge and resources, building a network of like-minded peers who’ll support, challenge and develop one another throughout the programme and beyond.

If you’re a talented police officer looking to build on your existing experience, this programme will help you to gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to successfully gain promotion.

Leadership mindset

The programme is designed specifically for officers who want to positively change the destiny of communities, leading from the front in a way that builds trust and confidence in our police service.

You’ll come away with a renewed drive and urgency to continue your own development and progress, inspired to push for change within your force and your communities.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to take the next step in driving change in society and the police service, this is your chance to lead that change at the next level of seniority.

Your competencies

Participants on this programme will possess the right strengths and the mindset to thrive in a frontline leadership role. You will be assessed during the recruitment process to ensure you are driven to achieve promotion and are highly committed to and aligned with Police Now’s mission. You will also be assessed to ensure you are aligned with Police Now’s competencies and values.

Read on to find out if you’re the right person to join the Frontline Leadership Programme.

Millie Tanner | Temporary Inspector

You take ownership

You understand the role of sergeant as leader. You are willing to take charge and constructively challenge to drive better results and ways of working.

You are emotionally aware

You’ll be an empathic connector. You will be able to develop meaningful relationships with an extensive variety of people, allowing you to communicate and persuade effectively. You must be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in, and respect for other people’s opinions.

You deliver, support and inspire

You are motivated to network and learn from others to develop and be successful in the role of Sergeant. You look to build a culture of mutual respect and support by actively sharing your learnings to support others grow and develop their capabilities.

You think critically

You think critically and use a wide range of data and insights to understand complex problems and inform decisions.

You are innovative and open minded

You are inquisitive and outward looking. You are driven to seek out and apply good practice and creative working methods that deliver better policing outcomes for your community.

You are collaborative

You build positive relationships, work across traditional team boundaries and collaborate successfully to create the best possible outcomes and deliver positive change.

You are culturally aware

Successful candidates understand that communities have differences and varying needs and tailor their approach to support these communities. They are driven to do things differently and work in partnership to support communities.


Upile Mtitimila | Detective Inspector


We are transparent in our actions, decisions and communications with both the people we work with and those we serve.


We must show impartiality throughout all our dealings with colleagues, partners and members of the public.


We understand and reinforce expectations of professional behaviour and openly recognise good and bad performance.  

Public service

We have a responsibility to ensure we act in the best interests of society.

Supporting diversity

We actively encourage and support the development of officers from diverse backgrounds and this programme aims to increase diversity in operational senior ranks.

The programme supports talented police officers from all backgrounds and pays particular attention to the barriers often faced by officers from those underrepresented in policing.

Upile Mtitimila | Detective Inspector,
Cheshire Constabulary

Are you eligible to apply?

The programme eligibility is the same as the National Police Promotion Framework (NPPF) promotion process for all officers in England and Wales seeking promotion to the rank of sergeant or inspector. The eligibility criteria should remain throughout all steps of the NPPF process and similarly would be expected to remain throughout participation on the Frontline Leadership Programme. For more information regarding the NPPF, click here

The eligibility criteria should remain throughout all steps of the NPPF process and similarly would be expected to remain throughout participation on the Frontline Leadership Programme. For more information regarding the NPFF, click here

If there is a change in your eligibility, then Police Now should be notified as soon as reasonably possible.

Applications are open to all eligible officers applying from our partner forces. For more information regarding our current partner forces for this programme please see below.

Further eligibility considerations

Candidates nearing completion of probation may apply for the Frontline Leadership Programme if they are due to complete this by the start of the programme intake. Officers nearing completion of probation may apply for promotion at NPPF Step One if they are supported by their force and are expected to have completed by the date of their Step two exam.

Candidates must not have any live written improvement notices issued under the Police (Performance) Regulations 2020 or reduction in rank under those procedures in the previous 12 months.

By the start of the programme intake, candidates must have completed any period of disqualification and therefore be eligible to commence the process at NPPF Step One.

Candidates must not have any live written warning, final written warning or extended final written warning issued under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020.

As part of NPPF Step One, candidates must have Adhered to the attendance management policy, taking full account of the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales’ (PABEW) guidance on attendance management. Candidates who have not adhered to the attendance management policy are not eligible for the programme.

Candidates are not eligible for the programme if they have any imposed restrictions from an ongoing criminal or misconduct investigation and therefore are unable to re-apply for the promotion process by the start of the programme intake.

This programme is designed to support those seeking promotion and not those currently in permanent or temporary posts (as part of Step 4 of National Promotion Process Framework). Therefore, those already at NPPF Step Four are not eligible for the Frontline Leadership Programme.

In-force collaboration

We partner with police forces across England and Wales. Participating forces will select a senior sponsor who’s committed to the success of the Frontline Leadership Programme and will work with Police Now to enable you succeed on the programme. They’ll set the expectation in force that police officers taking part in the programme are expected to apply for promotion at the earliest opportunity.

Applications are now open. For this cohort of the programme we are partnered with:

If your force isn’t listed, please register your interest for future cohorts.

Applications are now open.

If your force is not currently partnered, you can register your interest for future intakes.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Police Now | Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

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