National Detective Programme



Are you motivated to tackle issues in our society? Do you have the ambition to take on personal responsibility to make positive change? Are you driven to provide the best service possible to your community?

Do you have the passion to be able to manage varying situations and have the desired impact on those making up your community? These aspects will be at the heart of this exercise and experience, in order to ensure that we are recruiting individuals who are able to make a positive contribution to our mission in their own unique way.

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What are we looking for?

The interview is your chance to show us who you are. What is it about you, your life experience and your vision for the future that motivates you to become a Trainee Detective Constable?

We’re interested in how your personal motivations connect with the Police Now mission, how this drives your responses in typical detective scenarios, and ultimately what motivates you to want to have a positive impact with vulnerable individuals / communities.

We also want to know the strengths and skills you’ve developed that you feel would support your work. It’s important that you know why the Police Now programme is right for you, for example having time management skills is essential.

As a participant on the Police Now programme, you’ll have additional requirements to complete on top of your day-to-day role which require you to be able to prioritise your work.

We’ll also present you with a range of scenarios and ask your thoughts and how you’d respond. Again, there are no wrong answers. We’re looking for your unique perspective, insights, and how you think. Take your time and be your unique self.

What you can expect

Expect to communicate. This exercise is a one-to-one interview with a Police Now assessor.

It’s not a test – we want you to be yourself, and speak honestly about your beliefs and motivations for joining Police Now. Back up your thoughts with specific examples you’ve observed or experienced.

Remember, every one of our Trainee Detective Constables are different, and they each bring something unique and important to the Police Now mission to improve life and raise confidence in policing in communities impacted by crime.

Why not spend time looking at our Impact and Insights Reports to help you prepare in advance?

This is an individual interview that will last approximately forty minutes. You’ll be asked about why you want to join the Police Now National Detective Programme and why you’re motivated to work in communities challenged by crime. You’ll also be asked about the strengths and skills you have that would make a positive impact in the role. Then you’ll be given a range of situations and asked how you’d respond. You’ll be allowed to bring notes into the assessment, but remember to keep them brief. Relax, be yourself and enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate what would make you a good Trainee Detective Constable on the Police Now programme.

Extra Support

Do you feel you need extra support or any reasonable adjustments? Get in touch with our team.

We value your unique background and experiences. This may mean you will need extra support or reasonable adjustments to help you in your assessment centre experience. You’ll have full access to our selection team who can support your journey, so please make sure to discuss anything on your mind prior to the day.

What you need to know ahead of your assessment centre

We’ve put together a range of hints and tips to assist you in experiencing your digital assessment centre event.

We also encourage you to sign-up to one of our digital assessment centre information sessions.

What will happen afterwards?

We’ll be in touch again within two weeks to let you know your outcome, and you will also receive feedback on your performance in the assessment centre at this time.

Do you need to chat to someone about the digital assessment centre?

Our team will be happy to support you with any technical queries or guidance on participating in our digital assessment centre. Please feel free to get in touch with us.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Police Now | Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

National Detective Programme

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