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The Police (Promotion) Regulations 1996

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Accelerated promotion courses

7.—(1) In this regulation “APC(S)” means a course for the time being recognised by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this regulation as the accelerated promotion course for sergeants and “APC(I)” means a course so recognised as the accelerated promotion course for inspectors; in this paragraph “course” means a course of training entailing periods of residence at one or more training establishments.

(2) A constable who —

(a)is qualified under regulation 3 for promotion to the rank of sergeant, and

(b)is selected to attend APC(S),

shall be promoted to the rank of sergeant on the first day of his attendance.

(3) A period spent attending APC(S) —

(a)counts as service in the rank of sergeant for the purposes of regulation 3(2)(b), but

(b)to the extent that it is spent in residence at a training establishment, does not count as probationary service in that rank for the purposes of regulation 5.

(4) A sergeant who —

(a)is qualified under regulation 3 for promotion to the rank of inspector, and

(b)is selected to attend APC(I),

shall be promoted to the rank of inspector on the first day of his attendance, but shall be on probation in that rank until he has completed one year’s service in it.

(5) Promotion under paragraph (2) or (4) —

(a)shall take place whether or not there is a vacancy for the rank in question, and

(b)does not affect any existing or subsequent vacancy unless the person promoted is designated to fill it.

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