The West Mercia Police Direct Entry programme encourages people working at middle-management level across the private and public sectors to transfer those skills to a new career in policing.

The force is working in partnership with The College of Policing to deliver the Direct Entry Programme, which recruits people at the senior rank of Inspector. Applicants are recruited for their management skills in areas such as budgets, teams, resources, systems and cultural change, while also demonstrating their diversity of thought, life perspective and experience throughout the rigorous selection and assessment process.

These roles require dedicated, talented, flexible and proven leaders from outside policing, and do not require any previous policing experience.

The 24 month Inspector programme is fast paced, combining classroom-based and on-the-job training to equip recruits with the policing skills to complement their personal management experience and attributes. Rotational periods are spent in the roles of PC, Sergeant and Inspector during the training. In return, Inspectors receive a starting salary of £51,414 paid from day one of the training course.

Learn more about the role, training, support and benefits or this brochure for an in-depth overview of the candidate eligibility, application, selection and assessment processes. If you want to know more about what the role is really like, see what one of our Direct Entry Inspectors, Lewis Lincoln-Gordon, has to say about his experiences.


We will consider applications from people who meet the Direct Entry eligibility criteria. In addition, you will need to meet the local force criteria:

  • You must not have a conviction as an adult or juvenile (although some minor offences and cautions may not exclude you)
  • You must not have tattoos on your face, neck, top of the hand, palms or fingers or any which could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues
  • You must be physically fit and not have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of under 18 or over 30. You will not be medically cleared for appointment while your BMI is outside this range
  • You must have been resident in the UK for the last three years
  • If not resident in the UK for the last three years, you must be able to supply an approved checkable history.

Positive Action

West Mercia Police values diversity and recognises that people with a variety of skills, attitudes and experiences, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, bring fresh ideas and perspectives to policing. We are committed to fostering a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve, and encourage individuals from under-represented groups and communities to join us. To find out more, read about how our Positive Action programme supports applications from all under-represented groups, encompassing gender, people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME), disability and sexual orientation, or email our Positive Action team.


Applications open at 10am on 13 December 2019 and close at 10pm on 3 March 2020. To apply, go to this link.

Direct Entry Meet and Engage events

West Mercia Police is running two Meet and Engage Events to let interested people know more about the programme. At these events, you will:

  • Find out more about the fast paced 24 month Direct Entry Inspector programme, which combines classroom-based and on-the-job training to equip recruits with the policing skills to complement their personal management experience and attributes
  • See if you are eligible and have the right skills and qualities to make it as a successful Direct Entry Inspector
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions of senior officers to find out about what the job is really like
  • Get answers to process-related queries related to your application from the recruitment and other support teams.

Book your free place at one of our events as follows:

  • 12 February, 6.30 - 9pm at the Ramada Hotel Telford Ironbridge, Forge Gate, Telford TF3 4NA. To register, go to Eventbrite
  • 27 February, 6.30 - 9pm at the Lecture Theatre, West Mercia Police Headquarters, Hindlip Hall, Worcester WR3 8TA. To register, go to Eventbrite.

Further information

If you have any queries about the Direct Entry programme, please contact the Recruitment Team for further information via