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Police: Career Structure

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on the review of the OSPRE procedure; and if she will make a statement. (195689)

After trialling a new promotions process incorporating work-based assessment, the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) held a consultation in the autumn of 2007 to decide the future of promotion to the rank of sergeant and inspector. It outlined four options: extending the trial; reverting to OSPRE; full rollout of the trialled system; and phased rollout of the trialled system. There were 48 responses, of which a clear majority favoured a phased rollout. All forces involved in the trial wanted to continue using the new promotions process as they said it delivered better quality sergeants and inspectors.

An analysis of this consultation can be found on the NPIA website: and a copy has been placed in the Library.