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Chief inspector Detective chief inspector, DCI

Chief inspectors manage operational teams in their districts like CID or neighbourhood policing, and coordinate responses to major incidents.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £54,000 to £60,500 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 45 per week

1. Entry requirements

You'll need to:

The College of Policing has more information about becoming a senior police officer.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • planning and problem solving skills
  • the ability to build relationships
  • the ability to make effective decisions under pressure
  • negotiating skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • assessing intelligence information
  • developing policing policies and tactics
  • planning the best ways to carry out operations and investigations
  • working closely with communities and professional partners
  • managing staff performance
  • reviewing law enforcement operations

You'll also take charge of the response to major incidents in your area when they happen.

4. Salary

Starter: £54,000

Experienced: £55,000

Highly Experienced: £56,000 to £60,500

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 37 to 45 hours a week, which could include some weekends and evenings.

You'll be based in a police headquarters and spend some of your time attending meetings with the local community and senior managers.

6. Career path and progression

With experience and further training, you could move up the policing ranks from chief inspector to superintendent, and on to assistant chief constable and chief constable.

You could also work for the security services, MI5 and MI6, Civil Nuclear Constabulary or Ministry of Defence.

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Last updated: 06 June 2017