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The traditional career pathway to becoming a detective constable would see you join as a uniformed police officer first, moving into the the detective route following a period of service. However, we are now giving you the opportunity to enter the service and train to become a detective following a condensed period as a uniformed police constable. 

It is a huge challenge, but we are confident you will find it incredibly satisfying and rewarding.

In these webpages you will be able to discover more about the detective constable role, its demands, the pay and benefits, how to apply as well as being able to read some testimonials of Norfolk officers already in the post.

We are seeking talented individuals who possess the aptitude to perform as a detective, without necessarily having prior policing experience.

It won't be easy. The selection process is multi-layered and designed to be rigorous to ensure we select the right individuals.

  • Stage 1: successfully complete and pass the paper application process which looks at your suitability to join the detective entry scheme.
  • Stage 2: successfully complete the online College of Policing Assessment Centre.
  • Stage 3: invited to attend a bespoke detective assessment centre based at Norfolk Constabulary's Operations & Communication Centre in Wymondham. This will involve exercises to test decision making, report writing and observation skills before being interviewed by a panel which is comprised of experienced senior detectives.
  • Stage 4: following successful completion of all of the above you will receive a conditional offer and progress with our pre-employment checks (medial, fitness, vetting & biometrics).

In this unique and exciting role, you will be working on a wide variety of serious and complex crime investigations. This will include incidents ranging from sudden deaths, serious assaults, robberies, burglaries, frauds, cyber enabled crimes to serious sex offences including rape and child abuse.

There is huge personal satisfaction securing positive outcomes for victims as well as keeping our communities safe by taking criminals off our streets.

As an officer, whether you are a Police Constable or Detective Constable it requires a wide array of skills and qualities. These include a strong belief in public service, emotional intelligence, compassion, resilience, determination, excellent communication, confidence to make difficult decisions and not least a methodical mind with an eye for detail.

Still interested? Then read on for more details to see if could be the career for you. This really is a job like no other.

If you have any questions then have a look at our Detective Entry FAQs or our recruitment brochure.