We are not currently accepting applications for the fast-track detective development programme. If this is the career for you, however, register your interest in future opportunities here and we will contact you when we are next recruiting.

Are you looking for a role which is demanding, diverse and incredibly rewarding? Where you can uncover the truth and achieve justice?

Our new and exciting Fast-Track Detective Development Programme is your opportunity to become a fully accredited detective in just two years; helping us achieve our policing priorities of preventing and responding to crime, helping and protecting vulnerable people and using your skills to bring justice for victims.

As a detective you will deal with some of the most serious crimes possible. From fraud, serious assaults and child protection, through to homicide, high level drugs importation and domestic abuse; you will analyse the evidence, interview suspects and uncover the truth.

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. 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 training, a graduate diploma in professional policing practice.

There are a limited number of spaces on our 2020 Fast-Track Detective Development Programme and we anticipate high levels of interest in the opportunity. We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible as it may be necessary to close the recruitment window early. Follow our social media accounts for more information.

Have you got what it takes?

As a Detective, no two cases or days are the same.

You will be responsible for managing and conducting complex investigations – from the initial crime scene to the verdict arriving in court. Typical duties include interviewing suspects, identifying witnesses, handling forensic evidence, preparing and submitting case papers, attending court and being the point of contact for victims of crime.

You’ll also work closely with partner agencies such as social care, health teams and schools, alongside your uniformed colleagues to build the strongest case and achieve justice for victims.

Upon joining Surrey Police, you could find yourself working in our Criminal Investigation Department (CID), dealing with a broad spectrum of crime such as drugs death investigation, robbery and serious assaults.  Or you may join one of our divisional Safeguarding Investigation Units (SIU); protecting the most vulnerable adults and children. Once accredited, you have the opportunity to work within Major Crime, investigating serious crimes such as homicides, or with our Serious Organised Crime Unit tackling high-level drug importation.

We’re looking for people who are compassionate, observant and tenacious. You will need to be a good communicator, calm and able to build relationships quickly.  At the heart of the role, you have to be driven to get the best result possible for victims.

Eligibility

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 (on the day you submit your application)
  • 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.

Why Surrey Police?

At Surrey Police, size is our advantage. As a smaller force we have a personal feel where it is easier to network and easier for us to support you in being the best detective you can be.

We can offer you:

  • A starting salary of at least £26,677 (including South East Allowance of £2,500) depending on your chosen entry route, with the potential to rise to £42,628 within the first seven years.
  • A fully-funded graduate diploma in professional policing practice.
  • 22 days per year annual leave, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service.
  • A competitive police pension.
  • Flexible working opportunity depending on service arrangements.
  • Career development opportunities including the chance to specialise or to progress through the ranks.
  • Free bus travel across Surrey.
  • A fuel card worth £110 per month, or up to £1200 per year for a rail season ticket, when you have two or more years’ service.
  • This is just a selection of our benefits, click here to read more.

Recruitment Process

The recruitment process consists of a number of stages and it can take approximately 10-12 months from application to appointment.

The recruitment process includes the following stages:

  • Application Form – we will check you are eligible to apply.
  • Online Assessments – you will take the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire and the Situational Judgment Test. These measure your typical behaviour and preferences at work as well as your decision making skills in a working environment. You do not need any policing knowledge or experience to successfully complete these.
  • ‘Day One’ Assessment Centre – this is a national assessment centre which places you in the position of a police officer. You will complete seven exercises based which have been designed around realistic policing scenarios. You will need to achieve 55% or more to progress to the next stage.
  • In-Force Interview and Detective Assessment.
  • Pre-Employment Checks:
    • Fitness Test – you will need to obtain level 5.4 in the bleep test.
    • Medical – you will be required to complete a questionnaire with your medical history.
    • Biometric Vetting – we will take your fingerprints and DNA and check them against the appropriate database. We will also collect a sample of hair to test for the presence of inappropriate substances.
    • Vetting - this will assess you and your families’ criminal record, financial status and business interests.
    • References – we require references for the last three years

Training

By successfully completing the recruitment process, you will be one of the first people in the county to join Surrey Police as a fast-track detective.

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.

The Fast-Track Programme is aimed at degree-holders who have attained a degree in any subject area. You will be employed as a Police Officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the police officer 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 borough, applying what you have learnt and, 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.

Diversity & Mentoring Scheme

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.

For more information email positiveaction@surrey.pnn.police.uk

FAQs

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

We’re happy to answer any further questions, please contact resourcing@surrey.pnn.police.uk.