National Detective Programme

Are you ready
to lead change?

Get ready to apply

Preparing yourself for the application is the first step towards making a positive impact on society, by leading change and making a difference on an ever-changing criminal landscape.

How does it work?

Joining our programme is laying the foundations for a successful long-term detective career. The National Detective Programme will provide you with the platform needed to contribute as a team member with your force from day one!

Two-year programme:

You’ll join a two-year programme where you’ll develop your leadership and problem-solving skills to help maximise that impact.

Earn a Graduate Diploma:

By the end of the two years, you will complete a bespoke Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice with the University of Huddersfield.

Achieve PIP2 accreditation:

Participants are required to pass the National Investigators’ Exam (NIE) in the first six months of the programme and achieve full Professionalising Investigation Programme Stage 2 (PIP2) accreditation by programme completion. Throughout the two-year programme, participants will have the opportunity to evidence what they and their colleagues have achieved on behalf of communities and victims at Impact Events.

Beyond the programme

We expect participants to commit to a long-term investigative career and many pathways will be open to you. At the end of your probation, having been exposed to a range of challenges, you may wish to stay in your current role, apply for a lateral development opportunity such as within a specialist unit or you may feel you have the necessary skills and motivation to apply for promotion.

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Devon & Cornwall Police

Police Now | Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

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