We are not currently accepting applications for our Detective Degree Holder Entry Programme. If you think this is the career for you, and are a degree-holder, please register your interest in future opportunities.


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 degree-holders Detective Degree Holder Entry 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 2021 Detective Degree Holder Entry 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.

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.

All applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed, and be able to evidence, a UK undergraduate degree 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 (You will need to upload a copy of your degree certificate with your application).
  • Be aged 17 years or older (you must be 18 by the time you are appointed).
  • Be a British citizen, a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK and free from restrictions.
  • Have been resident in the UK for the past three years.
  • Have a full manual driving licence (by the time of appointment).
  • Not have six penalty points or more on your driving licence.
  • Not have tattoos which could cause offence.
  • Not be registered bankrupt (or have bankruptcy debts that have been discharged within the past three years).
  • Be able to pass a job-related fitness test.
  • Be able to pass a medical screening and meet the minimum eyesight standards.
  • Not be a current or previous member of a proscribed terrorist organisation or group.

You will be required to upload and attach your relevant degree certificate and transcript to your application when you apply.

I haven’t got my degree certificate or transcript – am I still eligible?

We need to see evidence, so you will need to request a certificate from your University. If you have completed your qualification in the last few years we may well be able to check your Personal Learning Record (PLR), please contact the recruitment team on [email protected] and we can discuss this with you further.

I haven’t received my formal certificates yet due to the delay from the pandemic, can I apply?

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, we are aware that there have been some delays in exam boards sending certificates. As a temporary measure, we will therefore accept statements of results if they are on headed paper. You will be required to send through certificates at a later date.

I am currently studying – does the credit I have already achieved count as a qualification at this level?

Unfortunately not, you must have completed and been awarded a full qualification, you will not be considered as holding the qualification until you can evidence having completed it.

Does the class or subject of my degree matter?

No – any bachelor’s degree at any class is suitable.

Do I need to have honours?

No, you do not need to have an honours degree but you must have completed your degree in full.

What if I have a foundation degree?

Unfortunately these are not suitable and you will be unable to undertake a DHEP course, you will however still meet the eligibility for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) if you have Level 2 Maths and English as well.

I have a qualification from another country – will it still count?

You’ll need to provide evidence that your qualification is equivalent to or higher than an Undergraduate Degree. For the UK and European countries you can check on the Gov.uk website.

For qualifications from other countries we’ll need a translation of any certificates that are not in English and you may need to provide evidence of the comparative level, a formal Statement of Comparability can be purchased via ENIC.

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 £27,280 (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, now find out more.

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

Currently Surrey Police has introduced a new online assessment process during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our national recruitment standards are maintained, and in the coming months this will continually be reviewed but during the current climate, the following will make up the three stage approach:

  • Stage 1 – Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ)
  • Stage 2 – Competency based interview
  • Stage 3 - Written assessment and brief exercise

Application Form – we will check you are eligible to apply. If the application is successful you will be invited to:

Stage One – Instructions will be emailed on how to complete the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire; a multiple-choice assessment, which will assess whether you have the right behavioural traits to work as a Police Constable.

Stage Two – Online video competency-based interview. If a candidate is successful they will go to the next stage

Stage Three

  • Briefing exercises – Candidates will be presented with a short brief and will have to prepare their response to key questions
  • Written exercises – Candidates will be provided with written materials and will be asked to provide a written response.

Stage Four - 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


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.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].

Job Profiles

I used to work as a recruitment consultant but I didn’t want to work in an office anymore. I was very much in the rat race rather than helping anybody.

I realised I had a lot of transferable skills, for example being able to interview people.

When I joined I assumed I would be a response officer forever. I didn’t know what detectives did. But I have many careers within a career since.

If you ever get to the point where you need a change there’s such a wide range of roles, there’s something for everybody.

Some people might have a passion as a detective in child protection, but I like putting away the armed robbers and drug dealers.

You have the ownership to be able to investigate a case and it can take you all over the country. When you get a good result in court it’s such a satisfaction, not just for the officer but because you can tell a victim that they are safe.

You can find out more about the day-to-day life of a detective at Surrey Police by following the @SurreyDetective Twitter account.

“The jobs we work on are really interesting and when a job comes in, it’s a proper team effort. As detectives we work on the things you join to be involved in, where you get to put away really bad people for a long period of time. Looking back, I wouldn’t have done anything else.”

“To be a detective, you have to be dogged and not let things lie. You also have to be organised. The best thing for me is seeing something through from the start to finish. The case that stands out for me is a violent attack. After lots of hard work and thanks to the bravery of the victim, the main perpetrator was jailed. To go to the victim’s house and give her that news was a great, great feeling.”

“I transferred to Surrey Police from the Met last April. I was working on child abuse before but I wanted to have a change and move into a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as this was an area I had not worked in before.

“The great thing about CID is that you work as part of a team, whereas before I was often on my own. In CID you are given a job to work on together and you can celebrate your successes together.

“Surrey has various benefits  – it offers a lot in the way of financial motivation. You get financial rewards when you pass the different stages of exams and when you finally get signed off as a detective.

“Surrey is obviously a much smaller force than the Met but it means you get to know everyone which is lovely.”