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Superintendents’ Association announces extension of successful inclusion scheme

The Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA) has announced that its successful ‘Future Supers’ scheme will continue for a second year.

With PSA data showing that just 5.1% of its members are from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, the programme, developed by the PSA with support from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC,) College of Policing and National Black Police Association, ran between July 2021 and January 2022, and aimed to support officers and staff from these ethnic backgrounds into senior ranks.  

Last year, 313 inspectors, chief inspectors and police staff members from Black, Asian and minority ethic backgrounds enrolled in Year 1, giving them access to a series of online workshops featuring inputs from key policing leaders and career development experts. Each candidate was paired with one of the 171 superintendents and chief superintendents who signed up to provide voluntary coaching and mentoring linked to the topics discussed.
A survey was shared with participants towards the end of the course. Highlights include:
-        90% of coaches and 78% of candidates agreed that they would recommend the scheme to a colleague. 
-        65% of candidates said that the programme’s coaching / mentoring improved their confidence in their work
Many of the candidates have also shared details of their successful promotion.
Following the launch of the national Race Plan of Action, the PSA is sharing details of Year 2 of the Future Supers Programme which it has further developed to make an impact into the representation of colleagues from all under-represented groups in the policing’s most senior operational roles.

Year 2 of the programme will begin in July and will be open to police officers at inspector rank and above from any under-represented background. Feedback from year 1 participants has led to the development of a refreshed programme for year 2, which will include ‘lived experienced’ inputs from key policing leaders, alongside sessions focusing on career development skills. 

PSA Vice President Harvi Khatkar explains: “Future Supers was conceived as our association’s response to the severe lack of representation seen within our rank. Our members are the most senior operational leaders in policing and with only 5.1% of our members from Black, Asian or minority ethnics backgrounds, we’re clearly lacking the difference we need within these influential roles.
“The impact of this should not be underestimated. Not only are we lacking the difference in experience and insight that we need amongst our leaders, we’re also failing to provide those inside and outside of policing with the role models they need to give them the encouragement and confidence to pursue promotion to these roles themselves. 
“We know that many of our Year 1 candidates and coaches found the programme to be very beneficial and we want to build on this in Year 2. We received fantastic feedback, which included ways in which we can make the programme even more impactive and have been working with the College of Policing to build a programme that will make a real difference to the career path of colleagues.
“In Year 1, we focused on supporting colleagues from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups. In recognition of our drive to value all difference, we’ll now be widening the scheme to include police officers from any under-represented group.”