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  1. Force says new officer brings with him a 'raft of strategic management and leadership experience'. A former Home Office civil servant is now a superintendent at Hertfordshire Constabulary. Marc Attwell has joined the force through the Home Office-backed direct entry scheme. He is one of four recruits who started through the programme across forces in England this month. The former official who spent time in both the department’s immigration office and policy office is Hertfordshire’s first ever person hired through the scheme which brings people with no prior policing experience to upper ranks of the service. Earlier this year, Sir Philip Rutnam, the most senior Home Office civil servant said he was “delighted” by the progression of his former “close colleague” through the scheme. The department has been instrumental in the introduction of the programme to a sometimes reluctant police service. A spokesman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said this week: “The programme opens up the police service to professionals who bring different experience and professional perspective from other sectors into the police family. “With a significant service in the Home Office and someone who has seen active service as an army reservist in Iraq, Marc Attwell brings a raft of strategic management and leadership experience into Hertfordshire Constabulary. “He will be working alongside highly experienced senior officers and police staff as we continue our drive to improve the services we provide to the public.” When Police Oracle revealed Sir Philip’s colleague was on the scheme, the then Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter pointed out that direct entry was originally sold as a way to bring leading business people into the service. He added: “It now sounds almost like the Home Office want to get the people into it […]. “It could turn out to be good thing in a way, because they may report back to their friends about how badly policing is being treated.” The College of Policing said all applicants are assessed to the same standard, regardless of background and that as police officers they would always act independently. View on Police Oracle
  2. Hi guys, ive tried searching but haven’t managed to find a thread where the direct entry scheme is discussed. Is there such a thing here? Cheers.
  3. Police Oracle spoke to recruit at the beginning and end of her training. Supt Emily Vernon Eighteen months ago Police Oracle spoke to Superintendent Emily Vernon as she began her career as a police officer. Last week, as she and six others graduated from the direct entry scheme, Supt Vernon said she is “still as motivated and excited” as when she last spoke to us. In November 2016 she was soon to start her PC rotation – an experience which saw her make 27 arrests in 14 weeks. Her assessor during that period was PC Alex Prentice, who was at her graduation event. He told Police Oracle: “Assessment-wise it was no different it was no different to having a normal PC. “The assessment criteria was identical but we had to do a lot more of it and try and cram five or six years’-worth of policing into the 14 weeks that we had so we were very busy. But we didn’t miss anything out, there weren’t any shortcuts.” Similar processes are in place throughout the course at higher ranks, in addition to completing academic work. Supt Vernon, whose previous career took in staff roles at the National Crime Squad, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, the Home Office and College of Policing, said: “The area of policing I used to work in was very niche so that didn’t equip me for going to fights on a Friday night. “Some of the things that have really surprised me is the breadth of work that we have to get involved in: mental health, vulnerability all those sort of things. Whereas, particularly at the crime squad, I worked at a very high level – serious and organised crime – that’s just a very very small part of what we have to do, day in day out.” She previously told Police Oracle that she thought one of the advantages of direct entry was the short amount of time between doing the duties of a PC and a superintendent. Did it work out that way? “One of the great benefits I’ve had is I’m able to sit in the strategic meetings and really give an up-to-date reality of what it’s really like. I think we’re all guilty when working at a senior level of coming up with ideas and suggestions that might not actually work at the front line and I try and bring some of that and I try to challenge.” She added that a chief officer has told her he appreciated this approach. Now that her training is finished, Supt Vernon is to take over as head of local policing in the force, a command she has worked in for almost a year. “The whole point about direct entry is about looking at things from a new perspective, with fresh ideas, with a different lens I guess, but equally I’ve got big boots to fill and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” she said. “I’ve never looked at it as brining anything better to the service, it’s about bringing something different. [I’ve got] big shoes to fill but I’m really looking forward to the challenge, I’m still as motivated and excited as when I spoke to you 18 months ago.” View On Police Oracle

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