Promotion Opportunities – External Applicants

Promotion Opportunities are now open to external candidates wishing to join Northumbria Police for the following ranks:


Sergeant, Chief Inspector, Superintendent and Chief Superintendent.


Behind our high performing culture are our high performing people.  We believe that by creating a supportive and inclusive culture and promoting positive wellbeing, we can make Northumbria Police a truly great place to work, where people want to perform and be their best.  This is an exciting time to be part of Northumbria Police.


Promotion is your opportunity to do more to lead and develop others, make change happen and shape the future of Northumbria Police.


We predominantly welcome applications from all Home Office Police Forces, inclusive of PSNI and Police Scotland.  Applications from non-home office forces may be considered at Chief Inspector rank and above.  All applications will take account of the resourcing requirements and future forecasting at the aspired rank of the applicant.



Why choose Northumbria Police?


With two culture packed cities, award-winning coastlines and vast un-spoilt countryside on the doorstep, Northumbria Police offers an amazing place to live and work.


Our teams are loyal and enthusiastic, driven to provide an outstanding service to the communities of Northumbria Police. It is for this reason we put our people first.


We continue to invest in infrastructure that will transform our processes – from people systems to a new, force-wide communications, information and intelligence platform. 


At Northumbria Police, we are proud to say we have previously been named as a top performing force for victim satisfaction and community confidence.



About You


You will have proven leadership skills that support, nurture and develop the right culture.


No matter what your aspired rank, we want leaders to support us to deliver transformation and embed a positive culture that supports inclusivity and diversity and helps us deliver an outstanding service to our communities.


You will be able to lead by example and champion policing values, fostering a culture of personal responsibility which encourages and supports others to make decisions and take ownership for their actions.


You will have the leadership skills to supervise and monitor performance, drive transformation and develop successful collaborative partnerships. You must be ready now to step in and perform at your  aspired rank.


You can find more on the key attributes and behaviours required for each role here:



Chief Inspector


Chief Superintendent




Application process


We are holding regular briefings where we can discuss the Northumbria Police promotion process so that you can enter the pathway as soon as you wish and start the first steps. During the briefing we will be able to advise you of the schedule for assessment for 2024.


The first step is to complete the expression of interest online application form. Once you submit, you will be contacted by one of our professional advisors to discuss steps to complete a portfolio of development that evidences your leadership, performance and key skills at your aspired rank. There is no set timeline for completion of the portfolio, but our advisors will support you to determine a process that suits you individually.


We will invite you to attend further assessments relevant to your aspired rank which will be discussed with you in detail as your journey to promotion with us develops.


We will be in touch to invite you to a briefing which further explains your portfolio of development and further assessment steps


If you have any queries with regard to the application process to complete the expression of interest, please contact our Talent Team via email: 


Northumbria Police fully supports a policy of equal opportunities and we welcome applications from suitably qualified people from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. Appointments are based on merit alone.

Promotion Opportunities – External Applicants
Location: Forcewide
Posted: 05/07/2023
Closing Date: Ongoing