Become a police detective:
Society is changing. People demand better, for our communities, and from our police service. You want change: a real way to tackle the problems destroying people’s lives. You question everything, never accepting things the way they are. Despite barriers, you’re willing to do what it takes to change the world around you. By becoming a police detective, you can make this happen. As a police detective, you’re the most critical support for victims of crime. What you choose to do, working in policing with dedicated colleagues to change it from within, will affect lives and improve perceptions for generations to come. The challenge is great and so is the need for talented graduates individuals to step up to protect society’s most vulnerable. Together with our partner police forces, we want to make things better. Are you willing to do what it takes to change the story?
Choosing to be a detective is a serious career choice. Detectives are focused, work well under pressure and respond quickly to new information with a determined, positive attitude. A career as a detective offers a competitive starting salary and benefits package compared to other graduate career choices, alongside long-term career development. You also get a unique chance to have an immediate and positive impact on the most vulnerable people in society. Are you a graduate with an appetite for an exciting career challenge? If you’re empathic, resilient, reliable and determined, then whatever your background, join one of our partner police forces as a trainee detective through Police Now’s National Detective Programme.
Before you apply, make sure you meet our eligibility criteria with our online guide.
Some of the key requirements you must meet include:
Age - You must be 17 years of age or older at the time of your application.
Residency - You’ll need to have resided in the UK continuously for the past three years.
Nationality - You can be of any nationality to apply, providing you have the status of indefinite leave to remain and work in the UK.
Academic qualifications - You must have, or be predicted to achieve, a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree from a university in the UK, or an equivalent from a non-UK university.
Previous policing experience - You can’t apply to Police Now if you are currently applying for any other police or detective constable role. You also cannot apply if you are currently, or have previously been a serving police officer, or have been attested and started training.
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