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1. Detective Entry overview

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The traditional path to becoming a Detective Constable would see you join as a uniformed police officer first. However, we’re now giving people the chance to enter the service and train to become a detective. Here in Suffolk we’re one of the first police forces in the country to offer this exciting opportunity.

It is a real challenge, but we are sure you will find it incredibly rewarding.

In these webpages you will be able to learn more about the Detective Constable role, its demands, the pay and benefits, how to apply as well as being able to read some testimonials of Suffolk officers already in the post and why they think it is a great job.

We want to recruit talented individuals who possess the aptitude to perform as a detective, without necessarily having prior policing experience.

It won’t be easy. The selection process is multi-layered and designed to be rigorous.

  • Stage 1: successfully complete and pass the paper application process which looks at your suitability to join the detective entry scheme.
  • Stage 2: attend and pass the national police SEARCH assessment centre (half day between 24th and 27th September 2019).
  • Stage 3: invited to attend a bespoke detective assessment day based at Police Headquarters, Martlesham (between 14th and 27th October). This will involve exercises to test decision making, report writing and observation skills before being interviewed by a panel which is comprised of senior detectives.

In this interesting and exciting role, you will be working on a wide variety of serious and complex crime investigations. This will include incidents ranging from sudden deaths, serious assaults, robberies, burglaries, frauds, cyber enabled crimes to serious sex offences including rape and child abuse.

There is huge personal satisfaction securing positive outcomes for victims as well as keeping our communities safe by taking criminals off the streets.

As an officer you will require a wide array of qualities and skills. These include a strong belief in public service, emotional intelligence, compassion, resilience, determination, confidence to make difficult decisions and not least a methodical mind with an eye for detail.

Still interested? Then read on for more details to see if could be the career for you. This really is a job like no other.

If you have any questions then have a look at our Detective Entry FAQs or the Detective Entry Overview brochure.

Ready to apply? Fill out our Detective Entry eligibility form

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