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The Police (Promotion) Regulations 1996

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Qualification for promotion

3.—(1) A constable is qualified for promotion to the rank of sergeant if he —

(a)has obtained a pass in the qualifying examination for promotion to the rank of sergeant,

(b)has completed 2 years' service, and

(c)has completed his probationary service.

(2) A sergeant is qualified for promotion to the rank of inspector if he —

(a)has obtained a pass in the qualifying examination for promotion to the rank of inspector, and

(b)has completed 2 years' service in the rank of sergeant.

(3) Previous service in —

(a)a Scottish force,

(b)the Royal Ulster Constabulary,

(c)the Isle of Man Constabulary, or

(d)the British Airports Authority Constabulary if the service terminated with transfer to a police force by an order under section 30 of the Aviation Security Act 1982(1),

counts for the purposes of paragraph (1)(b), and if it constituted probationary service in the force or constabulary in question, for the purposes of paragraph (1)(c), and such service in the rank of sergeant counts for the purposes of paragraph (2)(b).

(4) Previous service in —

(a)the Port of Tilbury Constabulary,

(b)the Port of Liverpool Constabulary,

(c)the States of Jersey Police,

(d)the Royal Parks Constabulary,

(e)the Ministry of Defence Police,

(f)the British Transport Police, or

(g)the Dover Harbour Board Police,

which constituted probationary service in the body in question counts for the purposes of paragraph (1)(c).

(5) Subject to paragraph (6), a person who, on or after 1st August 1996, has passed the qualifying examination to the rank in question prescribed by Scottish promotion regulations is qualified —

(a)for promotion to the rank of sergeant if he has completed —

(i)not less than one year’s service in that rank in a Scottish force, and

(ii)his period of probation in that rank;

(b)for promotion in the rank of inspector if he has completed one year’s service in that rank in a Scottish force.

(6) Service in a rank on temporary promotion to it does not count for the purposes of paragraph (5).

(7) In paragraphs (1) and (2) “qualifying examination” means —

(a)an examination held in accordance with Schedule 1;

(b)an examination held in accordance with any previous regulations about promotion which have been made under section 33 of the Police Act 1964 and which were in force at the time of the examination in question; and

(c)an examination recognised under Schedule 2.

(8) Schedule 1 (qualifying examinations) shall have effect.

(9) Schedule 2 (recognition of certain promotion examinations) shall have effect.

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