Introducing a new and exciting opportunity for people outside of the uniformed police service to join the force as Detective Constables.

The Specialist Entry Detective Programme is your chance to be part of a professional and dedicated team carrying out a variety of crime investigations, including serious and complex cases, cybercrime and other responsibilities. If successful, you will be at the forefront of policing innovation as we train, support and encourage you in your role as a Detective.

Initially joining as a student Police Officer, you will complete a structured development programme over a period of 104 weeks. This will enable you to progress to the role of Detective Constable, subject to your completion of the Police Officer programme and the Specialist Entry requirements, including passing a national investigators examination.

As a Detective Constable your duties will encompass a range of investigative activities such as statement taking, securing and reviewing CCTV, log keeping, prisoner interviewing, Offences Taken into Consideration (TICs), intelligence interviews and file building. You will have full Officer in Case (OIC) responsibilities, including attending court and giving evidence.

This role provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience working with reactive and proactive crime teams, public protection, major and serious organised crime and other specialist roles.

For those aspiring to be future leaders, the Chief Constable is committed to regular promotion opportunities.

We are looking for career-driven individuals who have the ability to make effective decisions; people who can plan and prioritise effectively to deliver a good service and actively seek to find solutions to problems. We also need people who can demonstrate excellent customer service and communication skills. We expect all our staff to treat everyone with dignity and respect and to maintain the highest level of trust, confidentiality and integrity.

Click here to watch what it’s like to be a Detective Constable in Hampshire Constabulary.

If you think you have what it takes to be part of our team then we welcome an application from you. This role will provide individuals who are dedicated to serving the public of Hampshire with an opportunity to make a real difference every day. In return for your dedication, you will enjoy all the support and training you need to grow and develop.

Please note, you must be able to join the intake that starts on 13 November 2017, be 18 or over and you must be a British Citizen or be a passport holder from a full EU member state (if a Commonwealth citizen or a foreign national, you must include a copy of your passport with your application to show that your stay in the UK is free from restrictions). A full driving licence for manual vehicles is required.

Successful applicants will have to pass an in-house assessment centre and a national assessment centre, as well as vetting, medical, references and fitness test. Please note that the initial requirements will be the same as those for Police Constable recruitment, but you will then be assessed separately at the end of this phase in order to determine your suitability to progress to the role of Detective Constable.

Hampshire Constabulary is committed to providing recruitment opportunities to the wider community and encourages applications from minority groups to maintain a diverse and representative workforce. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply, particularly if you are fluent in a language that is not English. The constabulary is also committed to public service and so it is very important that we are fully representative of the communities that we serve. To ensure that this happens we will be applying some initiatives around positive action. The selection procedure itself is no different, and is based solely on merit.

We are holding some awareness sessions during the application stage, and attendance at one of these sessions is encouraged. The awareness event will include information on the recruitment process and how the development pathway will operate, as well as allow you to ask any questions in relation to the process. There will also be some current DCs in attendance who will talk about what their role involves. Details of the sessions are below, and you will need to book in via one of the links below:

Monday 27 February, 7pm to 9pm
Basingstoke College, Worting Rd, Basingstoke, RG21 8TN

Wednesday 1 March, 7pm to 9pm
Hampshire Constabulary Support and Training Headquarters, Hamble Lane, Hamble-le-Rice, Southampton SO31 4TS

Applications will open on Monday 6 February 2017 at and will close at midnight on Sunday 12 March 2017. Please access the online application via the above website