Sergeant to Inspector Promotion Board

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£44,928 - £48,123

Please note, if this is a paid role and the role is part time then the salary quoted will be pro rata based on the hours worked per annum.  

11/12/2022, 23:55

Sergeant to Inspector Promotion Board

Why should you consider progressing your career to join Warwickshire Police on promotion to the rank of Inspector?

If you missed our online briefing on 1st December, contact us for a copy of the slides. 

Warwickshire Police is going through a significant period of change and our future is exciting but not without challenge. This means that as an Inspector, you will need to provide strong leadership and management in a time of unprecedented change.  We need individuals at the Inspector rank, who can instil confidence and trust in their officers, teams, partners and the wider community.  If this sounds like you, we look forward to hearing from you!

We’re committed to delivering the very best policing services to prevent crime and protect our communities in Warwickshire. We continue our journey to become an outstanding, independent force, excelling in the areas that are most important to Warwickshire.

What our priorities are and how we are doing | Warwickshire Police

We have an exciting future ahead of us as we develop new ways of working and drive sustainable change. Through our Empower operating model changes, we will strengthen local policing to ensure we have people in the right place to enable us to deal with issues in communities before they arise, and secure mutual trust, cooperation and respect. We will invest in our capabilities to prevent crime occurring in the first place, and we will invest in public protection so that we can support the most vulnerable people and protect them from harm.

This ambition can only be achieved through our dedicated and professional workforce, which is why we are growing our police officer numbers to 1,100 – the highest number in our force’s history. We’re looking for people who can evidence an excellent operational track record and ambition to step up to play their part in the future of the force. We want people who show compassion, innovation and integrity at every level.

Whatever your reason for transferring on promotion, Warwickshire Police can offer you a unique, challenging and rewarding career opportunity where you really can make a difference. Offering great staff benefits and career prospects, we have opportunities available for officers currently serving in Home Office forces.

We are currently looking for Inspectors across the force in various roles, both uniform and detective.

This opportunity will close at 23:55 on Sunday 11th December 2022

Interviews are anticipated to take place week commencing 2nd January 2023


You must:

  • Have no conduct or disciplinary issues outstanding
  • Be an officer within a Home Office force

Sergeants and Detective Sergeants will be qualified for promotion to the rank of Inspector if they have:

  1. Obtained a pass in the qualifying examination for promotion to the rank of Inspector* and
  2. Completed 2 years’ service in the rank of Sergeant 

*Please note that your exam validity must be in date when the results of the promotion board process are announced which is expected to be before the end of January 2023.

The Selection Process

You will demonstrate that you hold and commit to values and behaviours aligned to ours throughout the selection process. 

We have moved on from the board interview being the ultimate success and failure of an officer being promoted as we understand that individuals are different and have different ways of showing their skills. 

During the selection process, you will undertake three assessments, and these will be marked by different assessment teams to maximise the fairness of the process and provide you with more opportunities to demonstrate your skills and abilities. This means that if you don’t perform at your best in one exercise, you still have the opportunity to show what you can do in another exercise.

Promotion board scores will be weighted as follows:

Application Form (Shortlisting) - 30% of your overall mark

The application form gives us your history, much like coursework in an exam. 

The application form will contain competency-based questions, asking you to provide examples of your experience which reflects the skills and competencies required at the Inspector level.  For each question asked, you will have 500 words.

It is advisable that you use one or two pieces of evidence per competency as you will be able to go into more detail to give depth and breadth to your evidence rather than multiple snippets of brief evidence as these are unlikely to hit the points required within the competency assessment.

Please note that the online application form will prevent you from entering more characters than is permitted, so we recommend using a Word document or similar so that you can monitor the word count and structure your answer within the space provided. Answers can then be copied and pasted into the online application form for ease.  Once you submit your online application you will have no further opportunity to amend your information, so it is important that you have fully checked your application before submitting it.

Applications must be submitted by 23:55 on Sunday 11th December 2022

On receipt of a completed online application form, an initial sift will be undertaken to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.

Your application will then be shortlisted against Level 2 of the relevant CVF requested to determine whether you will progress to the next stage of the process.

In-tray exercise - 20% of your overall mark

The in-tray exercise is formulated to discover your experience, logic and rationale for making real time decisions.  It will also provide you with a realistic preview of the types of tasks and situations which you will face in the role.

Your in-tray exercise immediately precedes your interview, so both will be held on the same day

Interview - 50% of your overall mark

The interview is your time to maximise the demonstration of your potential whilst also giving you (and us) the opportunity to decide if Warwickshire Police is the right force to suit you.

You will be asked for a combination of previous work examples and how you would deal with some hypothetical situations. For the previous work examples, you will be outline the situation you were faced with, the task you had to address, the action you took and the result. For the hypothetical questions, you will be presented with an example situation, which you could face in the role of Inspector. You will be asked how you would respond to the situation.

Interviews are expected to take place from 4th to 6th January 2023.


At the end of the selection process we will hold a panel consisting of the Chief Superintendent, HR and Police Federation to determine the result of the process referring to comparative internal board scores, the performance standard and projected number of vacancies. The detailed pass threshold is based on the workforce position as at the point of the promotion process launching.

If you are successful, vetting checks and medical assessments will be commenced, you will undertake a fitness test and we shall request references and a copy of your personal file from your current force.



Please note, you will require the following detail to complete this application form; NI Number, ID detail, address information, referee information, full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained.  You may also be requested to provide photos of any visible tattoos you have. The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes. Please therefore ensure you allow time to complete this fully as part complete pages will not be saved.  

This vacancy is closed to applications.