1. Overview

Are you inquisitive, tenacious and passionate? Do you have a keen eye for detail?  Are you prepared to challenge assumptions and not take information at face value?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then you should consider a career as a detective at Leicestershire Police.

Traditionally, the conventional way to become a detective was to join the force as a police constable, but as crime changes, so does our recruitment process. Our Detective Graduate Scheme gives you the opportunity to join our talented and professional team of detectives, carrying out crime investigations across the county. The two-year programme is designed to equip you with all the skills and training necessary to ensure you will have the experience and confidence to deal with serious and complex investigations as a fully-fledged Detective Constable.

For the first 17 weeks you will be working towards completion of all the uniformed elements of the occupational competency portfolio. On leaving training school you will start your 10-week tutor period with a trained tutor constable who will support and assess your progress and you’ll work towards Independent Patrol Status (IPS).

In the second year you will transition into the Trainee Detective role where you will undertake a placement within the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team.  During this time, you will complete the Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice, as well as obtaining the National Investigators Examination (NIE) and undertake a CID course, whilst working towards completion of the Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP2) portfolio.

What does a detective do?

The role of a detective constable is not too dissimilar to the role of police constable; both are of the same rank, but have different operational roles. As a detective, you’ll deal with more serious and complex cases, uncovering the truth and analysing evidence on cases from fraud, domestic abuse to county lines and serious assaults, plus many more.

Once qualified and accredited there are also opportunities to specialise in a significant number of areas such as, counter terrorism, serious and organised crime and intelligence. As well as being responsible for securing vital evidence shortly after a crime is committed, and through tenacity, after what is sometimes a lengthy investigation, see the offender brought to justice and dealt with at court, whilst supporting victims through this journey.

Being a detective is a demanding, fast paced job, but a role that also comes with huge rewards and job satisfaction. We're looking for individuals who have that curiosity and drive to follow every lead and ultimately discover the truth behind situations and get results.