Ospre promotions exams for the sergeant and inspector rank to be scrapped

19 March 2013

The Federation will currently not support the roll-out of a new promotions system for the rank of sergeant and inspector because of concerns over ‘fairness, equality and costs’.


The College of Policing has announced today that Ospre Part II promotion exams will be scrapped and replaced with work-based assessments. The College has agreed to adopt the National Police Promotion Framework (NPPF) and work-based assessments that have been trialled in several forces, which are set to replace the current system.


Chair of Police Federation of England & Wales, Steve Williams said: “We are surprised to see the launch of the new National Police Promotion Framework today given that our very real concerns about many elements of this framework are yet to be formally addressed. We feel there are real issues for officers in terms of its impact on equality, fairness and cost – and have been told that we will receive a response in two months’ time.


“Until our concerns are addressed we do not support the roll out of this framework at this time and we do not feel that some of the questions and answers provided by the college are as honest as they could be in their communication of the facts. The College of Policing must show its independence from the political agenda by refraining from pushing through policy announcements before the very people it is designed for have had their questions answered through established and official consultation channels.”


Officers currently undergoing Ospre Part II behavioural assessments for 2013 will not be affected and will continue under the current system but all officers going for promotion to the rank after this year will be assessed under the new system.


Under the NPPF, officers who are considered eligible for promotion and have passed their legal knowledge examination will go through a local selection process that assesses their ability to perform effectively at the next rank. If they are successful they will be selected for temporary promotion and supported through a 12-month work-based assessment programme. On successful completion of the programme the officers will then be substantively promoted.


Chief Constable Alex Marshall, chief executive of the College of Policing, said: “The introduction of the National Police Promotion Framework is the first significant change to the promotion process for many years. It will provide newly-promoted sergeants and inspectors with the necessary operational and leadership skills, developed in their local environments, to deliver a high quality service to the public.”


The College of Policing will provide further information to forces and officers about the National Police Promotions Framework via the college website, http://www.college.police.uk/en/11621.htm and in a series of regional meetings.