National police promotion framework (NPPF)

The four-step promotion process for police officers seeking promotion to the rank of sergeant or inspector.

The steps to becoming a sergeant or inspector

The national police promotion framework is a four-step promotion process for police officers seeking promotion to the rank of sergeant or inspector.

  • Step 1 – achieving competence in current rank.
  • Step 2 – examination of law and procedure. 
  • Step 3 – local selection process and matching to vacancies. 
  • Step 4 – temporary promotion (12 months) and a work based assessment leading to a professional qualification in police management. 

​Promotion is only attained once an officer has successfully completed all four steps.