Dyfed Powys Police Federation secretary Roger Webb has welcomed a move to reschedule exams and hold them online because of the coronavirus crisis.
The College of Policing has confirmed the National Police Promotion Framework (NPPF) Inspectors’ and Sergeants’ Exams will take place in the autumn.
They were initially postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown. Now they are being run online to reduce the risk to officers and invigilators.
And the college has produced a set of FAQs for officers looking to sit the exams.
Roger said: “The pandemic has challenged us in so many ways including our members’ ability to be able to sit exams. Officers put in a lot of hard work and self-sacrifice to be able to take these important exams, so it’s really pleasing the College of Policing has been able to find an alternative way for them to do so.”
Dates identified for the Inspectors’ NPPF Step Two Legal Exam are Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 October.
Dates identified for the Sergeants’ NPPF Step Two Legal Exam are Monday 9 and Wednesday 11 November.
Mike Cunningham, chief executive of the College of Policing, said: “We will be working at pace in the coming months to put all necessary steps in place to move to online delivery for exams.
“Candidates will need to reserve all of these dates in the event we’re able to hold the exams on one day. We will advise of this as soon as we’re able to.
“In identifying a date for the rescheduled Sergeants’ exam, we’ve considered the notice we need to provide to candidates for revision. We’ve also tried to identify a date that’s least likely to impact on planned leave or those with caring responsibilities.”
He said that the new system could mean that candidates receive their exam results earlier than usual.
“We will aim to have the results of the sergeants’ exam issued by the end of November,” he explained.
The NIE scheduled for 2020 will be held, as planned, on 8 September and 24 November.
The Direct Entry Superintendents’ Examination will also be held, as planned, on 17 November.
Read the FAQs to find out more.