Would you like to be a detective? Suffolk Constabulary looking to recruit members of the public with no police experience

The Police Investigation Centre at Martlesham Heath Police HQ, Suffolk. Picture: Phil Morley

The Police Investigation Centre at Martlesham Heath Police HQ, Suffolk. Picture: Phil Morley - Credit: Archant

A new initiative has been launched by Suffolk Constabulary, as they unveil 'an innovative' scheme to recruit detectives from the general public.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes. Picture: Su Anderson

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Parkes. Picture: Su Anderson - Credit: Su Anderson

The force is inviting people who have no experience of working for the police to train to become detectives without the two-year requirement of working as officers in uniform.

The scheme aims to address a shortfall in detectives, with Suffolk now giving people with the appropriate transferable skills, knowledge and experience the chance to work alongside fellow detectives within six months of joining the police.

No policing experience is necessary to take on this opportunity, but the ability to quickly absorb new skills and information is essential. The selection process will draw out applicants' personal experiences, qualities and aptitude to become detective constables.

Head of safeguarding and investigations, det chief supt Simon Parkes said: 'Successful applicants will have to demonstrate strong communication and decision-making skills. They are required to be team players and have leadership qualities. Integrity, resilience and a strong belief in public service is essential.

Suffolk PCC Tim Passmore. Picture: Lucy Taylor

Suffolk PCC Tim Passmore. Picture: Lucy Taylor


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'Detectives in Suffolk lead investigations into serious and complex crime, often involving vulnerable victims. To secure a positive result for victims is hugely rewarding as it the prosecution of those responsible for these crimes.

Det chief supt Parkes added: 'Whilst we must never forget the value of policing experience, I believe the detective entry scheme has huge potential and will of great interest to those who recognise their potential to work with the vulnerable who may become victims and the anti-social who break the law. It really is an extraordinary opportunity.'

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Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: 'I'm really pleased to see Suffolk Constabulary leading the way, this campaign to recruit police officers specifically as detectives is very innovative and is absolutely right for Suffolk.'

Those interested can learn more about the detective entry process and relevant career pathways at an open evening, starting at 6pm on Thursday, July 20, at Assembly Hall, Suffolk Constabulary Police Headquarters, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich.

To apply, see here

Scheme details

The selection process will involve a written application and assessment centre. This will be followed by an exercise designed to test decision making, observation and report writing. Applicants successful at final interview will undergo a medical assessment, fitness test and security check before a job offer will be made.

Detective training meets all the essential requirements of a police constable. Through work based activity and assessment a diploma and two year probation period must be completed.

The pathway for successful applicants would see them to start their training in October/November this year with the initial student course lasting 10 weeks before being tutored operationally. They will have continued professional development through mentoring and coaching.

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