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Police Promotion: How to get the competitive edge in police promotion

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Police Promotion: How to get the competitive edge in police promotion

Forget those preconceived ideas about the police promotion process, change your behaviour and present the best possible version of yourself.

If you’re looking for promotion to Sergeant or Inspector, chances are you hold a few preconceived ideas about the process.

You might consider it a simple ‘memory test’. Or perhaps you believe there’s no need to modify your behaviour before the interview. That you can simply flick a switch and be the kind of person the organisation is looking for.


Or maybe you think the outcome has already been decided long before you reach the interview room.

However, you look at it, failing after months of study, while seeing very little of your family and friends, seriously hurts.

So let’s forget those unhelpful preconceived ideas. Because success is a state of mind and a state of being.

You might be a great cop. But I’ve found that very few officers know how to present themselves in the promotion process.

Holistic approach

It’s about developing yourself as a leader and understanding how your behaviour affects people before you even go for promotion. It comes down to taking a holistic approach.

You must make a commitment to yourself and raise your game ahead of time. Then convert your leadership aspirations into career success.

And if you need help, that’s what Rank Success is here for. Rank Success’s guides, workshops and one-on-one coaching ensure you present the best version of yourself throughout the promotion process – and nail that promotion.

What is Rank Success?

Rank Success supports police officers who are aspiring for police promotion across England, Wales, Scotland & PSNI.

Rank Success supports police officers who are career-focused with coaching, mentoring, digital guides and promotion masterclasses.

Which is aimed at helping officers get the process right the first time.

What is Police Promotion?

The National Police Promotion Framework is a four-step promotion process for police officers seeking promotion to the rank of sergeant or inspector.

Find out more about Rank Success at www.ranksuccess.co.uk

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Steve Cooper
Steve Cooper
Steve Cooper writes expert promotion content to support the development of UK police officers.

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