Association President Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis has welcomed the new police officers joining the service this week at Superintendent rank under the direct entry programme.
The programme sees officers coming in at a rank other than constable for the first time in the history of the service.
The participating seven forces received 888 applications to the initiative. After a tough and testing recruitment process, nine successful candidates will join four police forces to be trained and developed to the rank of superintendent over the next 18 months.
The five men and four women bring experience from a range of sectors including finance, law and the civil service. Two of the candidates are from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.
The new recruits will spend 14 months of the training programme working in operational policing, with 11 months shadowing police officers at every rank to superintendent. They will spend a further three months in a supervised and supported superintendent command role in early 2016.
They will also be expected to lead a community partnership project and launch an initiative in their home force to improve the way the force works.
Irene Curtis said:
“I’m delighted to welcome these new superintendents to the Service and to the Superintendents’ Association.
“These are nine individuals who have seized the opportunity to be part of a new model of policing, one that they know not everyone in policing supports but to which they are all keen to make a personal contribution.
“They understand that they have a challenging 18 months of training ahead of them and I wish them all well for the future and look forward to seeing what difference a new approach to police recruitment can make to leadership in the service.”
College of Policing Chief Executive Alex Marshall, said:
“This programme is designed to attract talented people from outside policing to bring in different skills and expertise which will allow us to develop the service.
“The recruitment process has been tough and all of these candidates can be proud of how they performed in the demanding national assessment centre.
“The next 18 months will be equally testing as we equip them with the skills they will need to lead their colleagues and inspire the confidence of the public in the communities that they will serve.”