Opportunity Knocks

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce

2018 goals to promotion

2017 is so last year!  Three weeks into the New Year and opportunity is knocking for Sergeant and Inspector candidates aiming for promotion success. 2018 looks like a window of opportunity. At least according to recent information and the fact that promotion processes are actively ongoing.

Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, West Midlands, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire are all gearing up for promotion selection processes!

Some particularly determined and focused candidates hit the ground running on 4 January 2018, seizing the day to get ahead of the curve with some smart preparation at my first Masterclass of the year (next is 17 Feb!).

They worked hard to earn this coffee break!

Hard work of promotion preparation
Police promotion candidates worked hard to earn this coffee break at my workshop this month…

“Carpe Diem” – Seize the Day

Promotion opportunities increase in England & Wales

“Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it.” – Julie Andrews

In 2015/16, there were 1,815 promotions. This included 1,089 Sergeant promotions, 432 Inspector promotions and 169 Chief Inspector promotions. You could say, ‘the 1%’.

In 2016/17, there were 3255 promotions: 3% of the 123,142 officers in England & Wales as at the end of the year. That’s over 1,100 more Sergeants and Inspectors promoted compared to the previous year. The highest proportion ever were female (27%). This doesn’t even include temporary promotions or those promoted on transfer from another force!

It’s been well documented that officer numbers continue to decline. They now at a level that was the norm for the 80’s, whereas population and the complexity of crime have boomed since then (hence the pressure on this thinning blue line). However, when it comes to promotion for the federated police ranks, you have to go back to 2009 to see numbers this high.

Police Promotions 2006-2017

So a timely reminder that if you are aspiring to Sergeant or Inspector rank in 2018, it really could be you!

2018 - Promotion could be you!

“It could be you!”

Supercharge Your Momentum

“Sure pays to have an edge.” – Josey Wales

The best strategy for promotion success is a simple one – Prepare Ahead!

Give yourself an edge. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that being good at your day job is the same as being a good candidate for promotion. It’s not.

Too many realise this too late. Put some smart work in now. Raise your awareness and give yourself an advantage. It’s not easy. It’s hard. But, guidance and support is available 24/7, 365.

In fact, if you really want an edge towards being the best you can be, get your diary out. Opportunity KNOCKS! Here’s a special offer to help supercharge your preparation:


Book your place on the March 31st 2018 Promotion Masterclass by midnight on Monday 22nd January 2018 and you’ll get a one off SUPER EARLY BIRD rate of £169  (‘Early Bird’ £199, normal price £249)… Over to you!

I almost forgot: I wish you a happy and successful New Year!

“By applying yourself to the task of becoming a little better each and every day, you will become a lot better. Only then will you will be able to approach being the best you can be.” – John Wooden

Kind Regards, Steve

Wherever you are on your promotion journey, www.ranksuccess.co.uk can help with guidance and support.