External Promotion PC to Sergeant

Posted on 4th Jan 2020
Thames Valley
Thames Valley South East

External Promotion PC to Sergeant

PC-Sergeant Promotions Process 2020

Applications are invited from both full time and part time substantive Constables who wish to apply for promotion to the rank of Sergeant.

Officers must either:

Hold a valid NPPF step two legal exam (previously known as the OSPRE part 1) with an expiry date no later than March 2020


Have passed the Ospre part 2

Positive Action

To truly reflect the diverse communities we serve, we are keen to recruit more officers from Black, Asian, and other minority backgrounds. If you are from an underrepresented background and feel you would benefit from additional support, please contact the Promotions team at Promotions@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk as we can facilitate you with a mentor through the process, and put you in contact with our Positive Action and Engagement Team who will be happy to provide support. 

 The application must include:

  • A two page "Why Me, Why Now" letter evidencing against the 'Step up to Sergeant' requirements (outlined in the guidance document attached)

If your current force does not use the PDR system, the ‘Why Me, Why Now” letter must evidence against the CVF competencies.

  •  Endorsement form signed by your line manager.
  •  Your recent full PDR, which should be rated and closed by your determining officer. If the sign off of your PDR is more than six months prior to the date of the process, please attach your Interim PDR. Candidates must have a minimum of an achieved PDR in order to apply.

 Applicants who are successful at the paper assessment stage are invited to a board interview. Further details will be provided for this stage closer to the date of interview.

Adjusted duties

Officers who feel the role may be suitable with reasonable adjustments, are welcome to apply.  Each Officer will be assessed on a case by case basis. If you are unsure of which category you fall under please contact the Promotions team who will put you in contact with a member of our wellbeing team for more information.


Successful candidates will be promoted into a pool for the current and anticipated vacancies over the forthcoming 12 months, therefore not everyone will be offered a posting straight away. It is possible to transfer in as a PC while you wait for a suitable Sergeant role.

Please note that Milton Keynes and Cherwell and West Oxfordshire LPA’s are particularly popular locations and there are some remaining applicants from the 2019 process waiting for a post to these areas. If you would like a posting in either of these LPA’s, please be prepared to wait for a longer time period for a role, or that you may need to be more flexible with you location choice.

Those wanting to apply for specialised roles can apply via the Thames Valley Police Jobshop after passing the promotion process.

Applicants are reminded that they are applying for promotion within Thames Valley and flexibility is expected in terms of posting locations and the areas of greatest need.

It is anticipated that the PC- PS promotions will be advertised once a year, but this is guided by the vacancies across the force.

The Closing date for receipt of eligible supported application is 23:55, Sunday 19th January 2020

The full timeline for the process is attached to the job advert.

Please contact Promotions or telephone the recruitment team on 01865 845 587 with any further queries. quoting reference 4593

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