Direct Entry Detective Constables (IPLDP+)

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About Direct Entry Detective Constables 

This route is for people who want to be a Detective Constable through the Initial Police Learning & Development Programme Plus (IPLDP+)

Salary : £28,551 per annum increasing to a minimum of £30,957 after three years and £46,044 after seven years if you remain at the Police Constable rank, (subject to performance).

  • Are you inquisitive?
  • Do you have an analytical mind and enjoy solving problems?

If this sounds like you and you are ready for a new challenge then we may have the perfect career for you.

We have a limited opportunity for a restricted number of candidates to apply to our newly developed Direct Entry Detective Constable scheme.  

This recruitment window will only be open for a short period of time and is unlikely to be repeated, so if you think you have what it takes to be a Detective in one of the best performing forces in England and Wales then we want to hear from you.

This entry route will focus solely on progressing through the Detective career pathway. Once you have completed your initial 18 weeks training you will join a Safeguarding Team in one of the Force’s five policing districts, where you will be responsible for protecting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.  

You will not be posted to any other operational functions such as response, patrol or neighbourhood policing, so if these roles appeal to you, you may want to consider the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship Scheme (PCDA) or the Police Constable Initial Police Learning & Development Programme Uniform (IPLDP) entry routes instead.   

Once an application has been submitted, you will not be able to transfer to another PC entry route.


What do I need to apply?

To apply you must : -

  • Be at least 17 years of age, and 18 at the time you are appointed to the role
  • Be a British Citizen, or an EU/European Economic Area (EEA) National, Commonwealth Citizen or Foreign National with Indefinite Leave to Remain or Pre-Settled/Settled status and no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom
  • Have a Level 2 / GCSE (A*-C or 9-4) or equivalent qualification in English Language.
  • Have a Level 3 or equivalent qualification e.g. 2 A Levels, in any subject, or be a serving Special Constable or PCSO.
  • Have no criminal convictions (minor offences will be considered on an individual basis).
  • Meet our attendance standard.
  • Be able to pass the job related fitness test.
  • Not have any piercings or tattoos which could cause offence and comply with the Force Dress and Personal Appearance Policy available here.
  • Pass the police vetting checks.
  • Not have served any time in prison or youth detention (if you have a criminal conviction, it may lead to your application being rejected – we will take into account the date, nature of offence plus evidence of good character since the offence)
  • Holding a full manual UK/EU driving licence by the time of formal offer will be an advantage.


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Page last reviewed September 2023