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Why join the National Detective Programme Counter Terrorism stream?

Police Now are offering the opportunity for you to become a Police Detective working in Counter Terrorism. Join us and tackle the most critical threats to our communities and country.

By joining through Police Now’s National Detective Programme, you’ll benefit from our unique training and development designed to progress your career and your impact in policing:

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Question everything

Do you question everything, never accepting things the way they are? Despite barriers, you’re willing to do what it takes to change the world around you.

If so, you may be eligible to join a Police Now award-winning two-year National Detective Programme to become a Police Detective in Counter Terrorism. 

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Because of the range of things you deal with, it’s a really varied role.

When I read the news, I see so many topics where I have either been directly or indirectly involved because of the job I do.

Detective Constable, Counter Terrorism

About the Counter Terrorism Policing network

The Counter Terrorism Policing network stretches across the UK. There are eleven regional counter terrorism units (CTUs) and intelligence units (CTIUs). These units collaborate daily to confront the threat from terrorism. They have officers and staff working in a range of specialist fields such as investigations, forensics, digital exploitation, financial inquiries, community liaison and communications.

The role of a Police Detective in Counter Terrorism​

As a Police Detective in Counter Terrorism, your primary objective is to keep people safe from terrorism, by preventing vulnerable people being drawn into extremism, investigating and bringing terrorists to justice and protecting the public from terrorist threats.

The intelligence you gather and the decisions you make will be crucial to the security of our society and protecting innocent lives. You’ll have the opportunity to work closely with a range of different government and international agencies, from Mi5 to special forces.

Prevent terrorist attacks, protect people, bring justice to victims and their families.

Each case will be unique and high stakes. As a detective there is no room for assumptions. Being diligent and collecting evidence based on facts are all part of each line of enquiry you’ll follow.

You’ll be dealing with issues such as radicalisation, extremist groups and the prevention of terrorist attacks. Diligence and attention to detail will be critical to collecting evidence and uncovering the truth.

Reino Cronje | Detective Constable

What we look for

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Vetting – those who work in Counter Terrorism Policing will undergo advanced vetting.

Eligibility – to work in Counter Terrorism you’ll need to have resided in the UK continuously for the past 10 years and be a British citizen. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, your application will still be considered.

Programme details – you’ll begin Counter Terrorism work in year two of our National Detective Programme.

Dorset Police

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Scott Chilton - Dorset Police Chief Constable

Scott Chilton

Chief Constable

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