Trainee Detective Constable

Posted on 21st Jun 2018
Metropolitan Police Service
Metropolitan Police Service London

Trainee Detective Constable

Traditionally, having experience of uniform policing was the only way to become a Detective Constable. In 2017 we changed that, and have this year had our first new joiners who have come straight into a trainee detective constable. As an organisation, we’re really excited to be trailblazing in this way, and now want to do that all over again and open up for further applications.

It's a really challenging role, but we are sure you'll find it to be incredibly rewarding - you will help make London safer, serve our local communities, and strive to achieve the right outcome for victims and their families.

Detective Constables and Police Constables have the same rank. They have different operational roles, but there are also lots of similarities too, albeit detectives don't wear a uniform. Detective Constables ultimately deal with serious and complex investigations. In this interesting and exciting role, you will be working on varied investigations, which could include serious assaults, domestic abuse, fraud, burglary, robbery and knife crime. You could be working to safeguard a child or adult, ensuring that you get the right outcomes for the victim, their family and making your community safer.

Being a detective is all about uncovering the truth, while identifying and managing any risks. You’ll do this by analysing evidence, talking to witnesses and building trust within the community. You will talk to lots of different people, and have the compassion and skills to deal with difficult situations.

You'll work very closely with your uniform colleagues and like them, need to police London 24/7, so you'll be working shifts too. You'll be out making arrests, undertaking search warrants, searching people and places, dealing with conflict and also responding to certain crimes. It's not an office-based role and it's also not what is always portrayed in popular media culture, but it's definitely interesting and varied, and you'll deal with some very tough situations.

Joining as a Trainee Detective Constable is a limited opportunity - we aren't continuously recruiting. So, take the opportunity now - to start your application, click the 'Apply' button today.

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