Chief inspector Detective chief inspector, DCI
Chief inspectors manage operational teams in their districts like CID or neighbourhood policing, and coordinate responses to major incidents.
1. Entry requirements
You'll need to:
- apply for fast-track development through the ranks, if you're an existing police officer
- apply for promotion, if you're a current inspector
- join a direct entry training programme, if you're an exceptional candidate with management and leadership experience
The College of Policing has more information about becoming a senior police officer.
2. Skills required
- leadership skills
- planning and problem solving skills
- the ability to build relationships
- the ability to make effective decisions under pressure
- negotiating skills
3. What you'll do
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- assessing intelligence information
- developing policing policies and tactics
- planning the best ways to carry out operations and investigations
- working closely with communities and professional partners
- managing staff performance
- reviewing law enforcement operations
You'll also take charge of the response to major incidents in your area when they happen.
Highly Experienced: £56,000 to £60,500
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 37 to 45 hours a week, which could include some weekends and evenings.
You'll be based in a police headquarters and spend some of your time attending meetings with the local community and senior managers.
6. Career path and progression
With experience and further training, you could move up the policing ranks from chief inspector to superintendent, and on to assistant chief constable and chief constable.
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Last updated: 06 June 2017