National Detective Programme

Investigative report

Investigative report

Are you an analytical problem solver? Are you able to make decisions based on information available to you? Are you able to communicate recommendations clearly?

Do you have the desire to provide an excellent service to the public who are at the heart of every matter you are involved in? These aspects will be at the heart of this exercise and experience, in order to ensure you have what it takes to work in communities challenged by crime.

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What are we looking for?

Writing reports, statements and describing in writing what has happened in a case is critical to the role of a Trainee Detective Constable, particularly when producing reports for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Are you able to pick out the key elements of a case and understand what is important to investigate further? Can you explain why? Are you able to prioritise your time in order to complete your desk-based work as required?

This exercise is your chance to demonstrate your potential, allowing us to understand your approach and thinking when presented with a typical case you may experience in role.

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This is your chance to experience what life as a Trainee Detective Constable entails, as it’s not just about attending day-to-day crime incidents, but also completing the required work for each investigation.

What you can expect

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Expect to be provided with information in regards to a specific case that has occurred in the community.

Like in role you will be required to manage your own time throughout the day. You will be given information to read through to give you a clear picture of what has occurred but you will need to balance completing this report with your other priorities and cases on the day.

Plan out the structure of your written report to ensure you are able to produce a report that your colleagues can use in order to progress the investigation further, providing clear rationale as to your recommendations.

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.

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Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

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