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National Detective Programme

Economic Crime

Job title: Police Detective, Economic Crime

Salary: £36,775

Contract: Permanent

Programme length: Two years

Location: London (City of London)

Programme start date: March 2025

About the programme

Police Now are partnering with the City of London Police on an exciting new stream within our National Detective Programme. We are offering the opportunity for you to become a Police Detective working in economic crime 

The stream will pilot in the City of London Police who are the National Lead Force for Economic Crime roles for police officers. 

Join Police Now’s two-year National Detective Programme starting in March 2025 and you’ll proactively pursue offenders and protect people and businesses from the threat of economic crime. During the programme you will develop the skills needed to tackle complex investigations and criminal networks.

We need graduates from diverse backgrounds and a range of degree subjects, industries and sectors to bring new ways of thinking to block and disrupt economic crime.  


To apply for this programme, you must:

Rewards and benefits

As a police detective you can earn a starting salary of £36,775, which will commence on the first day of your training academy. Every 12 months on the anniversary of your joining date, your pay increases to the next pay point

You’ll start with 22 days per year (on top of public holidays), rising to 30 days depending on your length of service. You can also expect other forms of leave including adoption, maternity and paternity.

Work-life balance
This is not your typical 9-5. Police officers work varied shift patterns which gives them flexibility and freedom to maximise their time outside of work. Different to your typical working week, you’ll often receive several days off in a row. It may take some time to adapt to shift pattern working, but once you do, you may find that the flexibility of the schedule allows you to better balance work and home life.

You’ll automatically be enrolled as a member of the Police Pension Scheme 2015, which awards police officers for their dedication and service to the public. It offers a generous and secure retirement package, providing officers with financial stability and peace of mind.

Training and development 
The programme will start with an initial 13-week residential training academy. You will then take part in various sessions over the two years, designed to develop your leadership and policing skills, as well as reflect on the impact you have made. You will also have access to a dedicated Performance and Development Coach during the two years, who will provide tailored support and guidance. 

Career progression 

Following completion of the programme, you can enrol in the promotion process, and you will join our alumni community, where you can receive support with progression. We have alumni across the country who are represented at levels up to Chief Inspector who are leading change and exploring new approaches to policing.  

Application process

There are three stages to our application process during which you’ll gain insight into the role of a police detective:

There is support available throughout the process from our recruitment team and adjustments can be made at all stages. 

If successful, you will receive a conditional offer and be allocated a dedicated Recruitment Officer to assist with your onboarding and pre-employment checks including: fitness test, BMI, medical, references and vetting. 

Learn more

For more information about what it takes to become a Police Detective in Economic Crime, visit the City of London Police page.

Applications for our 2025 programme are now open

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