Direct Entry & Promotions

Date published: 03 January 2020 13:34

Direct Entry Inspector

The Direct Entry programmes are a fundamental and crucial change to bring new perspectives, skills and experience into the police service to deliver a service which is professional, efficient and capable of dealing with the growing pressures of today and beyond. Therefore, Direct Entry is for exceptional individuals with comprehensive leadership and management skills who want a new, challenging and rewarding career.

South Yorkshire Police are one of the participating forces for the Direct Entry Inspector (DEI) programme. The programme offers the training and support you will need to make the transition from your current role as a leader to an operational police leader and forge a new career in the police service.

DEI is a two-year programme and has been designed to deliver robust and comprehensive training to ensure that on completion, you will be a highly competent uniformed operational Inspector able to make a positive impact on policing and your community.

Whilst we would typically expect candidates to have a level 6/7 qualification we will also give consideration to individuals who can demonstrate equivalent level experience in the workplace and who have the minimum level of qualifications required of a police officer. Further details around eligibility for SYP in particular can be found in the Force Guidance Notes

To find out more about the Direct Entry Inspector programme and to apply visit Or download the Direct Entry Brochure

If, after exploring the details you are still interested in the DEI programme, why not come along to one of our ‘Meet the Force’ workshops where you will share your leadership experience in discussions with force representatives and explore how your skills map across to police leadership and in particular the role of Inspector. You will also have the chance to meet operational Inspectors and ask questions.

Dates: Saturday 1st February 2020

Times: 14.00 – 16.00 hours

Location: South Yorkshire Police Training Centre Unit 5, Doncaster Road, Wath Up on Dearne, S63 7EF.

To book your place on the workshop please email

Please note – The Direct Entry application window is open between 13th December 2019 - 3rd March 2020.