BE THE FUTURE: Are you considering becoming a detective?

Date published: 11 January 2022 12:28
Dated: 11 January 2022 12:18:48

Last week we opened recruitment for detectives and we know that some of you may have some questions for us before applying to join the force.

To help, we’ve pulled together the below guide:

Do I need a degree?

Yes, to join us on this specific detective course, you must be a degree holder.

What if I don’t have a degree?

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to join us on this course, however people without a degree are able to join the force as a uniformed police officer via our apprenticeship scheme. Once you have qualified as a police officer, you will have opportunities to work in various departments across the force and can look to move into a detective role if that is what you wish to do.

What about if I want to be a police officer?

Recruitment for police officers is not currently open, however we will be opening again soon for the apprenticeship scheme so keep your eyes peeled for this! For this specific entry route, you don’t need a degree, instead you need a Level 3 qualification or equivalent, which equates to 80 UCAS points (or a full level 4 or 5 qualification).

We expect to open our police officer entry route for degree holders this Summer.

What other criteria do I need to know about?

As you go through your application form, you will be asked a few questions. To help you prepare, these will include:

- If you were born outside of the UK, do you have permission to reside in the UK?

- Do you hold a valid manual driving licence? If not, this isn’t a deal breaker. You can still continue if you are able to confirm you will obtain this prior to your start date.

- Do you have any current or previous criminal convictions? If yes, you will be asked to detail them for us. If you say yes, it does not automatically prevent you from applying, it will simply depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence. If you do not disclose convictions or cautions, they will be discovered during vetting and your application will be terminated.

- Do you have any Criminal Court Judgements (CCJs)? If so, are they now cleared?

- Have you been registered bankrupt? And if so, have your debts now been cleared?

- Are you a member of the British National Party, the National Front or Combat 18? If you answer yes to this, you won’t be able to go any further in your application, as this is against our policy.

- Do you have any visible tattoos? Tattoos, which are visible on your face, neck, head or hands are not permitted, however, your application will be accepted if you are willing to have them removed before you are appointed. If you have tattoos on forearms or areas where they could be visible in an open-necked shirt, they will need to be kept covered, however these should not affect your application, unless they are deemed inappropriate or could cause offence. You will be asked to submit a picture of your tattoo during application.

What about my fitness levels?

You will asked if you can meet level 5.4 on the bleep test. If you can’t right now, don’t worry too much, as long as you can commit to getting your trainers on and meeting it at the fitness test stage, you will be accepted.

Anything else?

Part of being a detective means working shifts including at night, and you will have to deal with confrontation and possibly violence. You need to consider whether this is something you are comfortable with before proceeding. If you don’t think you can, you may not quite be ready to join us.

For information on what it’s like to be a detective visit

For all of this information and more, including how to apply, head to our dedicated recruitment page

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