Expressions of Interest - Detective Degree Holder Entry Programme

Posted on 25th Jul 2020

Expressions of Interest - Detective Degree Holder Entry 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 £2,500 South East Allowance and will not be charged any tuition fees.


Key Responsibilities

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 Surrey Police Headquarters in Guildford, 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.


Skills & Experience

All applicants must:

• 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.

• Be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application).

• Have been a UK resident for the past three years. (If you do not currently fulfil the criteria this will be reviewed on a case by case basis, please contact the recruitment team for further information)

• Be a British or Commonwealth citizen, or an EC/European Economic Area national, or a foreign national whose stay in the UK is unrestricted period.

• Have a full UK manual driving licence (by time of appointment).

• Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front.

• Not have tattoos which could cause offence (Please contact the recruitment team for further advice).

• Not have more than six penalty points.

• Not have served a prison sentence.


See our Guide to becoming a Detective Constable for further details.


Contact Details

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


We’re happy to answer any further questions, please contact


Diversity Statement

Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.


We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.


We are actively working on a range of activities to improve this and one of the proactive ways we are seeking to increase representation is via a bespoke mentoring scheme which is aimed at guiding applicants from diverse communities through the recruitment process.


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