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Norfolk Police offers degree holders chance to train as detective with £28,551 starting salary

Norfolk Police is offering degree holders the chance to get their foot in the door of detective work as it reopens its direct entry route.

Applications to join a two-year training programme to earn a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Policing Practice are now open until 5pm on Tuesday, July 30.

With no policing experience needed, the role - which has a starting salary of £28,551 - is open to those who hold a degree (in any subject) and have the ability and commitment to quickly absorb new skills and information.

The role is open to those who hold a degree in any subject. Picture: Norfolk Police
The role is open to those who hold a degree in any subject. Picture: Norfolk Police

Traditionally, the path to becoming a detective would be to join as a uniformed police officer before being able to specialise.

However, in this role, the first year is spent in uniform, with response colleagues learning the foundation of what it means to be a police officer and the second year builds knowledge with a detective team before sitting the National Investigators Exam (NIE).

On top of that, the salary goes up per year, rising to £46,044 over seven years.

Detective Superintendent Dave Freeman said: “Our detectives are responsible for solving the most serious and complex crimes which happen in Norfolk.

“It is their investigative work which secures the prosecution of those who are responsible for crimes.

“They support some of the most vulnerable victims in the county and provide results which can be incredibly rewarding.

“The nature of the crime you deal with may change on a daily basis however the challenge and complexity will always exist.

“You could find yourself dealing with homicides, protecting vulnerable individuals or tackling criminality linked to county lines.

“The direct entry route provides the perfect option for those who have already decided on wanting to be a detective.

“This is a really exciting time for talented investigators looking to join the force.”

An information webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 16 to allow for any questions to be answered - this can be signed up for here.

An in-person briefing will also be held for candidates at the Broadland Police Station in Norwich on Thursday, July 18 to provide a further chance for those interested to see where they may work and meet a few of their prospective colleagues.

Interviews will begin in the first half of August and the role will start in February 2025.

An application pack can be requested by emailing DCinterest@norfolk.police.uk

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