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National Detective Programme

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

We have partnered exclusively with Humberside Police in a detective recruitment drive which will help to transform struggling communities in your area.

Due to the changing landscape of crime, particularly since the Coronavirus pandemic, there is a need for more committed police detectives to tackle crime and solve cases through problem-solving and confident leadership skills.

As a detective you’ll be faced with tough situations within an ever-changing criminal landscape and you’ll need to learn to lead with conviction, right from the start. Our unique and innovative leadership training is led by police detectives with years of experience solving crimes across England and Wales.

Through this unique opportunity, we are able to offer a competitive salary of £24,780 along with a conditional place on the programme within just four weeks. As a result of these timelines, you’ll need to be flexible over the next month to attend various appointments to secure your place, including an Assessment Centre in mid-December.

The programme is designed to equip you with the core policing skills required in modern investigative work. Being a detective is all about how you interpret information and being able to see clues where others don’t, allowing you to see below the surface.

Successful candidates will be tactical and resilient with natural leadership skills focusing on working towards defined goals, rarely losing focus – the tenacity you bring to your role as a detective will help you deliver on these key attributes. You’ll critically analyse information and collaborate with others, combining insight and evidence to define root causes of some of the UK’s most complex problems/scenarios. Everything you do, you’ll be adaptive to change to maintain flexible views as situations change and be able to show compassion to the communities you serve, being a pillar to your local community.

By demonstrating a positive can-do attitude, you will view obstacles differently to everyone else – there to be tackled head-on rather than used as an excuse to give up. You’ll be a leader in your community and will quickly become an instrumental member of the police service, solving crimes and working towards making our communities safer places to live, for generations to come.

Once you’ve successfully completed our two-year National Detective Programme, it doesn’t stop there. Our programmes act as a springboard for participants to develop skills for life and become leaders within policing and advocates of the service in other public sector roles.


Along with a competitive salary that can nearly double within six years, you will also receive:


22 days paid annual holiday, rising to 30 days a year with length of service. This is on top of public holidays and an average of at least two rest days each working week. You can also expect other forms of leave including maternity, paternity and adoption leave and the option of taking a career break of up to five years.

Flexible working

The police service is an emergency service operating 24/7 and 365 days a year. However, it is always the intention of the police service to take your individual religious and cultural needs into account so you can fit your work around your personal commitments.


When you start as a new police constable you’ll automatically be enrolled as a member of the Police Pension Scheme 2015, which is considered to be among the best around. This isn’t compulsory and you can opt out if you wish.


Some police forces offer the opportunity to join a contributory private healthcare scheme. You will also benefit from free eye tests and glasses if you regularly use a computer.

Financial services discounts

There are various partner organisations who work alongside the police to offer a variety of financial services including saving, investment and protection products, as well as discounts and subsidies. Many major high street stores, retail outlets and other national organisations offer discounts and special deals to police officers. Most police forces also provide access to a number of subsidised leisure and sporting activities.

Personal support and advice

Once you have been offered a position on our programme, you will have a dedicated Recruitment Officer who will offer support and advice for you on your journey right the way up to your start date. Your Recruitment Officer will assist you with all stages of your onboarding into force: your vetting, medical tests, fitness tests, references, and induction days. As well as this, our curriculum team will be on-hand to help you with your pre-academy core learning.

Training and development

We offer one-to-one mentoring with a Performance and Development Coach who will support and coach you throughout your two years on the programme. There will also be regular training, events, and skills sessions.


As part of the programme, you will complete a bespoke Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice with the University of Huddersfield, which allows you to step back from the day-to-day and learn the theory to drive real change for the communities you will serve. Our graduate diploma is distinctive due to its positioning as an essential and core part of training and developing outstanding leaders in policing. Drawing on the latest elements and developments within the criminological landscape, top academic experts will deliver a nationally recognised course. Your studies will give you the chance to learn and develop your skills and knowledge in a variety of ways utilising an expansive hub of resources that will challenge you in the most engaging way possible.

What we are looking for

You don’t need any previous policing knowledge or experience, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never previously considered a career in policing, but you must have a degree before you start the programme. We’re looking for people with the potential to become the next generation of detectives, representing the diversity of the communities you will serve.

To be eligible for the detective programme, you must:

  • Already have a degree and have achieved a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 at undergraduate degree level or non-UK equivalent.
  • Be over the age of 17 upon application.
  • Have lived in the UK for the last three years.
  • Be a British citizen or have settled or pre-settled status.
  • Hold two UK Level 3 Qualifications in any subject (e.g. an A Level or BTEC National Diploma), or if not two non-UK equivalents.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Yorkshire and the Humber
 · Humberside
Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 10 December 2021

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Closing date:  10 December 2021

Expires13 days

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