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1. Detective Entry overview

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’s also a real challenge, but we are sure you’ll find it’s incredibly rewarding.

In these webpages you will be able to learn more about the Detective Constable role, its demands, what sort of person you need to be, 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 people who have 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 is a requirement to progress through a paper application process which looks at your suitability to join the detective entry scheme.
  • Stage 2 involves having to pass a standard assessment centre process. If you are successful at this stage you will be invited to a bespoke detective assessment day
  • Stage 3 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 a starter you’ll need 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

Ready to apply? then fill out our Detective Entry eligibility form

Anyone interested in finding out more is welcome to attend our information evening on Thursday 20 July 2017 at Suffolk Constabulary Police Headquarters, Portal Avenue, Martlesham Heath, IP5 3QS. There is no need to book but you should be there at 6pm for a prompt start.

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