Expressions of Interest - Fast-Track Detective Development Programme

Posted on 18th Jan 2020

Expressions of Interest - Fast-Track Detective Development Programme

Vacancy Information

If you’re a degree holder with the compassion to help build trusting relationships; the tenacity to see a case through from start to finish; the desire to get justice for victims and the emotional resilience to keep calm, yet confident, then a detective career could be for you.

Submit your expression of interest today and we will contact you when recruitment opens.

Please be advised this is not an application for the role

The Role

Being a detective is demanding, diverse and incredibly fulfilling. From cyber-crime, domestic abuse and child protection, through to homicide, high level drugs importation and serious organised crime; you will help solve some of the most serious crimes possible. Analysing the evidence, interviewing suspects, taking a case to court – you will uncover the truth and seek justice for victims.

This is an intensive course, which will require commitment and dedication to both serving the public and meeting the demands of the development programme. In return, we promise a good starting salary, supportive working environment, great training experiences, opportunities for progression and, upon successful completion of your learning, a graduate diploma in professional policing practice. You will be paid a full salary of £24,177 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance and will not be charged any tuition fees.


The Fast-Track Detective Development Programme uses one of the new entry routes into policing – the Degree Holder Entry Programme. These entry routes recognise police officers operate at a level where they take personal responsibility for decisions in complex, unpredictable environments and help provide the skills and capabilities necessary for policing in the 21st Century.

You will be employed as a Police Officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role while studying towards your accreditation as a detective and your graduate diploma in professional policing practice.

Training will initially be at Sussex Police Headquarters in Lewes, where you will gain the fundamental skills and knowledge you need to succeed. You will then be posted to a division and spend a short period of time on Response, applying what you have learnt. Once you have with the support of your coaching and development officer, take on your first cases.

You will also be required to sit the National Investigators’ Examination; a multiple choice exam which is designed to ensure individuals have the right knowledge, understanding and application of relevant law and procedure to perform effectively as a detective.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply you will need to:

• be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application)
• have successfully completed, and be able to evidence, a UK undergraduate honours degree (360 credits) in any subject. Applicants with non – UK degrees can be considered if their degree is recognised as equivalent by UK NARIC but will need to provide evidence of an acceptable English language qualification if their degree was not taught and assessed in English.
• have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period
• Have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application
• have a current full UK manual driving license by the time of appointment
• not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) plus other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front
• not have tattoos which could cause offence
• not have more than 6 penalty points on your driving license
• Not have served a prison sentence

Please see the attached Guide to Becoming a Detective for more information.

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process, please read the attached helpful guide.

For any further questions please contact

Diversity Statement

At Sussex Police we’re committed to diversity in the workforce. We welcome applications from everyone in the community and particularly people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and white other backgrounds.
We also encourage applications from women, the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

As part of this commitment, we provide a mentoring scheme for BAME candidates.

To find out more please email


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