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Former sergeant reaches potential in police force
12:30pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
A SENIOR officer in the Warwickshire and West Mercia police forces has become the first serving officer in the country on the revised National High Potential Development Scheme (HPDS) to reach the rank of superintendent.
Alex Franklin-Smith joined the scheme, which is run by the National College of Policing, as a sergeant four years ago.
The HPDS works to identify high calibre police constables and sergeants and develop them for senior leadership roles.
Several people from the scheme have been given temporary superintendent roles in the past, but this is the first permanent senior role, awarded in a highly competitive recruitment process.
Det supt Franklin-Smith said: “I am very grateful for the opportunity to take part in the revised High Potential Development Scheme and the experience I have gained from it has been invaluable. I have received tremendous support from those that manage the scheme and chief officers in Warwickshire Police who have supported my development.”
Andy Parker, chief constable of Warwickshire, added: “I would like to congratulate Alex on his success since commencing the High Potential Development Scheme. This is a terrific achievement which reflects well on Alex and the force.”
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