Accelerated Detective Constable Programme

People with a curious, inquisitive mind, who think they make have what it takes to be a detective, are being encouraged to apply to join Hertfordshire Constabulary as part of the Accelerated Detective Constable Programme.

About the Programme

The Accelerated Detective Constable Programme enables candidates to become a detective on a ‘fast-track’ scheme. Successful candidates will be required to complete a year of intensive training and practical experience to ensure they meet the requirements of a police constable. They will then complete the necessary training to obtain their detective qualification to enable them to become a detective.

Detectives can work in a number of interesting and varied teams, from investigating prevalent local crime to more specialist investigations including protecting the vulnerable and cybercrime.

Whilst no previous policing experience is necessary to apply, it is essential that anyone applying displays the skills and attributes suited to the role, including an inquisitive mind, excellent interpersonal skills and a high degree of integrity.

To apply, please click here.

Anyone who would like to attend needs to register their place at

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Your training will be at one of the three training establishments in Letchworth, Stevenage or Welwyn Garden City Headquarters.

Once you have successfully passed the assessment process, cleared all pre-appointment checks, and been offered a start date, you will be sent an e-learning course that must be completed.

Approximately three weeks prior to the start of your training, you will attend two Saturday sessions at Letchworth Police Station for your Induction days. You will then attend an 11-week course, during which your knowledge of the law will be tested with regular skills development exercises, as well as written exams. You will also receive personal safety training and IT training.

Once you leave training school and join an intervention team, you will be assessed by an officer from the Professional Development Unit who will work with you for the remainder of the probation period to assist you to complete your OneFile portfolio. The initial ten weeks with the intervention team will be spent with a coach who will guide and assist you to reach Fit for Independent Patrol status, when you will be able to patrol on your own. At the end of the first year you will be assessed to ensure you are suitable to begin your crime training. Having been successful in your National Investigators Examination (NIE) you will attend a four week Initial Investigators course followed by two week Interview course. During your probationary period, the assessor will observe you periodically, conduct recorded discussions and you will also compile written evidence towards the portfolio, with the aim of completing this before the end of the probation period.

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Available roles

Initial posting within the Crime Teams will be to our Case Investigation Teams that deal with prisoners and related crimes. After 3 months you will then be posted to either a Local Crime Unit which deals with Serious and Complex Investigations, or dependant on your skill base may have the opportunity to specialise in one of other Crime Teams.

The Crime Teams within Hertfordshire are various, from Fraud, through Safeguarding Command which deals with offences against children and adults with vulnerabilities. There are also various departments within Serious and Organised Crime Teams. Whatever your ambition is within the Crime & Investigation world we believe Hertfordshire can accommodate you.

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