Police Constable Entry Programme - Detective

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Recruitment is now open

The closing date is Tuesday 27th February 2024 at 11:55pm, however we reserve the right to change this depending on the number of applications received.

We are also currently recruiting for our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships (PCDA) and Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP) - Uniform entry routes. Please look at the information about these options carefully as you will not be permitted to change routes once an application has been submitted.


About the Police Constable Entry Programme - Detective 

This route is for people who want to be a Detective Constable through the two year Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP) - Detective.

Salary : £28,551 per annum increasing to a minimum of £30,957 after two years and £46,044 after six 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.

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 and you will complete the Trainee Investigator (TI) Development Programme. Once you have completed your initial 17 week training at the West Yorkshire Police training facilities you will join an Investigation team in one of the Forces five Policing Districts in West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds or Wakefield). This will be within the areas of Safeguarding, Criminal Investigation or District Investigations. You will be responsible for protecting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.  

The Trainee Investigator programme will deliver all of the essential requirements with specific support and guidance focused on you obtaining the necessary investigative skills and knowledge. It will be intense and will require your full commitment to successfully complete work-based activities and assessments, an exam and a two-year probation period. After this you will be confirmed in role as a Police Officer and will complete a further year of training to become a Detective.

We are not necessarily looking for you to have any previous policing experience; our focus is on you having transferable skills and experience that would be of value in a Detective role. Without a doubt a career as a Detective will be challenging, but to the right person it will also be extremely rewarding with no two days being the same. It goes without saying you must have a passion for serving the public and must be able to demonstrate that you have integrity and are a team player with strong communication and decision-making skills. We are also looking for you to have the ability to absorb new information quickly, as well as having strong personal resilience, good organisational skills and a methodical approach.

If you would prefer to specialise in areas such as Response, Patrol and Neighbourhood Policing you may want to consider the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship Scheme (PCDA) or the Police Constable Entry Programme - Uniform (PCEP) 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 be considered for the Police Constable Entry Programme - Detective (or any other Police Officer entry route) you will need to have the following qualifications and be able to evidence these by uploading your certificates to your application. Failure to evidence your qualifications at the application stage could prevent your application from being progressed.

To apply you must : -

  • Be 17 years old or over. There is no upper age limit. You can start the application process if you are 17 years old, but you must have reached 18 to be appointed as a student officer.
  • Have a Level 2 / GCSE (A*-C or 9-4) or equivalent qualification in both English Language and Mathematics.
  • Have a Level 3 qualification within the meaning of Section 3 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 or equivalent (i.e. two A/AS Levels Grade A to E, GNVQ/NVQ Level 3, BTEC Level 3 or equivalent). 

    If you do not hold a Level 3 qualification but can demonstrate having the qualifications and/or experience as detailed in Police Regulations 2003, Regulation 10, Annex BA (i.e. you are currently working as a PCSO) then consideration will be given to your application. 
  • Be a British Citizen, or an EU/European Economic Area (EEA) National, Commonwealth Citizen or Foreign National with Indefinite Leave to Remain or Settled Status and no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom.
  • Have no criminal convictions (minor offences will be considered on an individual basis).
  • 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).
  • Meet our attendance standard.
  • Be able to pass the job related fitness test.
  • Comply with the Force tattoo policy. View the Force Policy on tattoos in the Dress and Personal Appearance Policy.
  • Pass the police vetting checks.
  • Holding a full manual UK/EU driving licence by the time of formal offer will be an advantage.

Click here for further information about the eligibility criteria.


Selection Process

Our expectations are high and if your application is shortlisted you will undergo a rigorous recruitment process commencing with the National Police Assessment Process to measure your skills to become a Police Officer. An in-force, values-based interview will then follow. If you are successful in all elements of the recruitment process you will undergo a series of pre-appointment checks to include a medical assessment, fitness test and security vetting before a job offer is made.

The application process can take up to 12 months, depending on the applicant.

In return, you will receive first class training, an excellent salary and pension benefits, and become part of a large Police Force which brings fantastic prospects in terms of career development and future promotional opportunities.


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Page last reviewed February 2024.