Cheshire Constabulary will shortly be accepting applications, from internal and external applicants, promoting to the rank of Sergeant and Inspector
The promotion process will be based on Merit, Openness and Fairness. These underpinning principles contribute to a robust selection process based on good practice as recommended by the College of Policing.

Merit - No one should be selected for a job unless they are competent to do it. The job should only be offered to those candidates who will do it best. Successful candidates should be chosen from sufficiently strong and diverse pool of eligible applicants

Fairness - There should be no bias in assessing candidates, and processes must be objective, impartial and applied consistently

Openness - Opportunities must be advertised in a transparent way with the aim of attracting a strong field of eligible applicants. Potential candidates should be given reasonable access to information about the job and its requirements and the selection process

The assessment of the process will be based against the College of Policing's Competency and Values Framework

Overview of the recruitment process:

  • Competency based application form
  • Work sample exercise
  • Values based interview

Key dates

Process Inspector Sergeant
Marketing & Support w/c 7th Sept - 18 Sept w/c 7th Sept - 18 Sept
Imposter Syndrome Session 10th Sept  10th Sept
DCC Promotion Event 18th Sept  18th Sept
Applications Open 21st Sept 28th Sept
HR Events 22nd Sept 10am - 12pm 30th Sept 2pm - 4pm
Application Closes 12th Oct 9am 19th Oct 9am
Shortlisting w/c 19th Oct - 31st Oct w/c 2nd Nov - 13th Nov
Chief Constables Q&A w/c 19th Oct w/c 2nd Nov
Assessment Process w/c 2nd Nov - 27th Nov w/c 16th Nov - 12th Dec

Upcoming support prior to applications opening;

Positive Action - A positive action event on Imposter Syndrome for individuals with protected characteristics that are under-represented in force will be held on 10th September. Timings will be confirmed once numbers are confirmed. To register your interest please email by the 1st September 5pm.

Feedback Support - Up until the applications opening, HR can offer feedback and give general guidance on specific areas of the CVF. For example, candidates select one area of the CVF and email an example answer to or attend an LPU or HQ session and HR can offer general advice. This support will not be available once applications open.

Support Drop in sessions and LPU's and Headquarters - Ahead of the upcoming Sergeant and Inspector promotion process, the HR team are holding drop in sessions at various LPU locations and HQ. The aim of these sessions is to raise awareness, provide advice and guidance on a range of topics related to the promotion process such as the application process, the interview, the Work Sample exercise, the CVF, development options available to individuals and readiness for promotion. Alongside the HR team, an individual who has successfully completed the process will be on hand to answer any questions, give tips and provide support to candidates from the perspective of someone who has recently been promoted. Dates of the LPU sessions will be communicated in due course. We ask that you register your attendance to enable us to ensure that we have adequate resources available and can adhere to social distancing guidelines. To register your interest please email

Session with Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke - A promotional event with Deputy Chief Constable – Julie Cooke is taking place on 18th September 9am (Sergeant – Inspectors candidates) and 10am (PC – Sergeants candidates). Please visit Eventbrite to register your interest. In order that we can ensure appropriate social distancing you will need to register your interest for the DCC event by 11th September 2020

Support following applications opening

An online HR seminar is being held to provide candidates with further details on the process. The Sergeants to Inspectors seminar is being held on 22nd September 10am-12pm and the PC to Sergeants seminar is being held on 30th September 2pm-4pm.
To register your interest please follow the below links.

Inspectors Online Event
Sergeants Online Event 

If you have any queries or would like to submit a request for reasonable adjustments please email