Once you’ve successfully completed your probationary period (two or three years, depending which application route you have taken) you have the opportunity to progress up through the following ranks:
Police Constable or Detective Constable - this is the starting rank for police officers.
Sergeant or Detective Sergeant - the first supervisory rank. Most sergeants are responsible for a team of constables.
Inspector or Detective Inspector - inspectors typically oversee a shift of constables and sergeants.
Chief Inspector or Detective Chief Inspector - typically responsible for managing a department with a specific geographical area or for the delivery of a policing service.
Superintendent or Detective Superintendent - typically responsible for a large department.
Chief Superintendent or Detective Chief Superintendent - typically responsible for a specific function within the force (for example Local Policing or Criminal Justice).
Assistant Chief Constable - responsible for a specific function or business area within the force.
Deputy Chief Constable - act as deputy for the Chief Constable, handling the running of the force.
Chief Constable - responsible for the effective running of Sussex Police.
As a police constable, you’ll also be able to apply for specialist units like the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), firearms, child protection, cyber crime, roads policing, dog handling and many more.