You’ve led before – now lead beyond Date published: 24th March 2016 9.33am

Cheshire Constabulary is inviting people from outside the policing family to apply for some of its most senior positions in its latest recruitment drive.

The Constabulary is inviting applications for the positions of Inspector and Superintendent, as it looks to broaden the skills, knowledge and experience within its ranks with the Direct Entry Programme – meaning you don’t need to be a police officer to apply.

Instead, it is looking for experienced leaders who have gained strong managerial skills throughout their work history, who may be looking to enhance these skills to inspire a police force in new, futuristic ways of working.

Direct Entry Programmes have been designed to change the composition of police leadership by bringing in a greater diversity of experience, thinking, perspectives and backgrounds. The issues faced by today’s police service call for fresh ideas and new ways of working.

The Direct Entry Superintendent programme supports the National Policing Vision in helping to bring existing exceptional leaders into the police service to make an immediate impact on culture, efficiency and effectiveness. This will be achieved by opening up entry to the service to proven leaders who will join policing directly at the rank of Superintendent rather than having to progress through the police ranks in the traditional manner.

Meanwhile, the Direct Entry Inspector programme is for individuals who bring new perspectives and diverse backgrounds to support the continuous development of policing. The programme aims to equip people to make the transition from civilian leader to police leader, and is targeted at exceptional and resilient individuals with proven leadership skills who want a challenging and rewarding career.

A police spokesman said: “This is an exceptional development programme equipping you to make the transition from civilian leader to police leader, helping you to harness your skills, experience and creativity to tackle your biggest challenges to date.

“This could be your opportunity to have an impact on policing, the local community and wider society in a way you never thought possible.”

For more details and to apply for either role visit www.leadbeyond.police.uk where you will also find a self-selection questionnaire to see how you meet the core competencies.

The final date for applications will be the 20th April 2016.