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The Police (Promotion) Regulations 1996

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5.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraphs (4) and (5), a constable who will before 1st December in any year have completed 2 years' service and have completed his probationary service is eligible to take Part I of the qualifying examination for promotion to the rank of sergeant in that year.

(2) Previous service, including probationary service, within regulation 3(3) or (4) counts for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1).

(3) Subject to sub-paragraphs (4) and (5), a member of a police force who on 1st July in any year holds the rank of sergeant, otherwise than on temporary promotion under regulation 6, is eligible to take Part I of the qualifying examination for promotion to the rank of inspector in that year.

(4) A member of a police force who has at any time obtained a pass in an examination which at that time constituted, under regulations made under section 33 of the Police Act 1964, the qualifying examination for promotion to the rank of either sergeant or inspector is not eligible to take Part I of the qualifying examination for promotion to the rank in question.

(5) A person is not eligible without the leave of the examinations board to take Part I of the qualifying examination for promotion to the rank of sergeant or, as the case may be, inspector in any year if that person took Part I of that examination in the immediately preceding year and failed to obtain a pass in it.

(6) Part II of such a qualifying examination —

(a)may be taken only if a pass has been obtained in Part I, and

(b)unless the examinations board or persons acting on their behalf decide that in the circumstances of the particular case it may be taken on a later occasion, must be taken within 12 months after the Part I pass was obtained.

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