Met promotion scheme cuts wasted man hours

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. A new selection process among the Metropolitan Police is set to radicallyreduce the time it takes for constables to be promoted to the rank of sergeant.Extra training is also to be given to new sergeants to ensure they arebetter prepared prior to taking up their posts. Under the scheme, candidates for promotion to sergeant will only be putforward for assessment exams if recommended by their line managers. Candidates’ applications must also be approved by a panel composed of apersonnel manager, inspector and a senior officer from another unit before theygo through assessment. Previously all officers seeking promotion had to first successfully completethe OSPRE (1&2) exam before being sent to the force’s external assessmentcentre, regardless of whether they were considered ready for the step up tosergeant. The Met’s assistant commissioner for HR, Bernard Hogan-Howe, said the changeheralded a radical departure for the force and that it would save time andprepare officers more effectively for promotion. “It represents enormous savings in candidates’ time in preparing forassessment centre visits and hundreds of staff days taken off by assessors. Butimportantly, it will help us get the right candidates promoted tosergeant,” he said. Further reforms by the HR directorate means newly promoted sergeants mustnow complete a two-week foundation and a 10- day custody course before takingup their promotion. It is likely that the new selection process will also be used for promotionsto inspector. The system could be adopted by other forces if successful. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Met promotion scheme cuts wasted man hoursOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more