Graduate Detective Programme2024-02-16T15:44:12+00:00

Graduate Detective Programme (GDP)

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Female Criminal Investigation Detective Examining Exhibit

Why choose the Graduate Detective Programme?

  • Our Graduate Detective Programme is a hands-on course, designed to help you start your career in policing as a detective.

  • This entry route is open to degree holders and final year students of any subject – including those who already hold a Professional Policing Degree.

  • You’ll deal with serious and complex investigations, changing crime trends, collecting evidence and bringing offenders to justice.

  • If you thrive on problem solving, you’re adaptable and have the communication skills to support victims, this may well be the role for you.

Why choose the Graduate Detective Programme?

  • Our Graduate Detective Programme is a hands-on course, designed to help you start your career in policing as a detective.

  • This entry route is open to degree holders and final year students of any subject – including those who already hold a Professional Policing Degree.

  • You’ll deal with serious and complex investigations, changing crime trends, collecting evidence and bringing offenders to justice.

  • If you thrive on problem solving, you’re adaptable and have the communication skills to support victims, this may well be the role for you.

Female Criminal Investigation Detective Examining Exhibit

What’s involved in the Graduate Detective Programme?

In the 2 year programme, you’ll be trained in investigation techniques including interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects. Your day to day work could see you undertaking search warrants, making arrests or pushing a case through the courts. At the end of the scheme you’ll become a qualified detective without having to complete the standard two years of response officer training.

The training programme will begin with an initial 17-week period of class-room based learning at our Coach Lane campus focusing on areas including law & legislation, understanding police powers, and elements of effective communication. Following this, you’ll work alongside experienced officers as part of a shift in a response team. You’ll have a dedicated tutor to guide you through your first 12-15 weeks, who will help you build your skills and offer practical and pastoral support. You’ll also complete a training module with one of our CID teams and experience life as a detective at TeamNP.

What skills do I need?

As a detective your mantra should be: ‘assume nothing, believe no-one and challenge everything’ – your decisions should be based on evidence, so you’ll need first-rate attention to detail to maintain an accurate record of the lines of enquiry.

It’s essential that you can work on your own, take responsibility for an investigation as well as working as part of a bigger team. To thrive in an investigative role you’ll need flexibility, tenacity and the mindset to question ‘why’ something has happened.

In return, you will be supported with the material to pass the exam,  and work in an inclusive and supportive team with access to specialists and advisors.

Am I eligible to join the programme?

You don’t need any previous policing knowledge or experience, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never previously considered a career in policing. But, you must have a degree in any discipline before you start the programme.

We also welcome applications from those who have already gained a Professional Policing Degree. This must be completed with a College of Policing approved provider.

Take a look at our general eligibility requirements for officers.

If you’re not eligible for this entry route, you may still be able to apply to become a Police Constable. Find an alternative entry route.

What about my wellbeing?

The role of a detective is a challenging one, and you can be dealing with upsetting crimes such as violent murders, victims of rape and sexual assaults. You will of course be given the support you need and there is always someone to seek advice from and to collaborate with.

We continue to invest in trained mental health first aiders onsite, an employee advice service offering 24/7 access to trained counsellors and a peer-led support programme.

Frequently asked questions

About the Graduate Detective Programme

In the 2 year programme, you’ll be trained in investigation techniques including interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects. Your day to day work could see you undertaking search warrants, making arrests or pushing a case through the courts. At the end of the scheme you’ll become a qualified detective without having to complete the standard two years of response officer training.

The training programme will begin with an initial 17-week period of class-room based learning at our Coach Lane campus focusing on areas including law & legislation, understanding police powers, and elements of effective communication. Following this, you’ll work alongside experienced officers as part of a shift in a response team. You’ll have a dedicated tutor to guide you through your first 12-15 weeks, who will help you build your skills and offer practical and pastoral support. You’ll also complete a training module with one of our CID teams and experience life as a detective at TeamNP.

You don’t need any previous policing knowledge or experience, and it doesn’t matter if you’ve never previously considered a career in policing. But, you must have a degree in any discipline before you start the programme.

We also welcome applications from those who have already gained a Professional Policing Degree. This must be completed with a College of Policing approved provider.

Take a look at our general eligibility requirements for officers.

As a detective your mantra should be: ‘assume nothing, believe no-one and challenge everything’ – your decisions should be based on evidence. So, you’ll need first-rate attention to detail to maintain an accurate record of the lines of enquiry.

It’s essential that you can work on your own, take responsibility for an investigation as well as working as part of a bigger team. To thrive in an investigative role you’ll need flexibility, tenacity and the mindset to question ‘why’ something has happened.

In return, you will be supported with the material to pass the exam, and work in an inclusive and supportive team with access to specialists and advisors throughout the graduate detective scheme.

No, the academic costs of this degree are covered by Northumbria Police.

From day one, the starting salary for new officer is £28,551. Within 7 years you can earn £46,044. To find out more about the pay scales for police officers, visit the pay and benefits page.

Being a qualified detective opens so many doors to a varied career in policing. Once you’ve completed your two year training, you have the option to take up more specialist roles. The detective role is varied and includes Major Crime Investigation (Homicide, & Cyber Crime), Intelligence (Priority & Organised Crime and Special Branch) and Safeguarding (Child Abuse/Protection of Vulnerable adults, Rape and Multi Agency Risk Assessment roles).

The role of a detective is a challenging one, and you can be dealing with upsetting crimes such as violent murders, victims of rape and sexual assaults. You will of course be given the support you need and there is always someone to seek advice from and to collaborate with.

We continue to invest in trained mental health first aiders onsite, an employee advice service offering 24/7 access to trained counsellors and a peer-led support programme.

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What you need to know before you apply to the Graduate Detective Programme

What you need to know before you apply to the Graduate Detective Programme

Ready to apply? Sign up to a “Discovery Event” today

Before you apply to become a detective through our graduate programme, or a police officer through our degree holder programme, degree apprenticeship or police constable entry programme you’ll need to join a mandatory virtual discovery event.

Here, you’ll gain insight into what working as a detective or uniformed police officer at Northumbria Police is really like, find out more about the application process and how to prepare for the roleeligibility requirements, police officer pay & benefits, and you’ll have the opportunity to speak to current officers about life at #teamnp.

Once you have signed up and registered your interest, we will be in touch with an email inviting you to book on to a discovery event of your preferred date and time.

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