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Staffordshire opens graduate detective recruitment scheme

Staffordshire Police is set to recruit 30 new detectives with a graduate entry scheme

Applications opened today (Monday 20 April) for a new entry route which allows those with a degree to complete a two-year graduate programme that develops investigative skills into serious and complex crimes.

This will involve a mix of classroom and theoretical and practical skills training and includes four months in uniform as a response and neighbourhood officer.

The force said: “Applicants will need to demonstrate the strengths and characteristics suited to the role of police detective. These include thriving under pressure, taking a positive attitude to overcome obstacles, responding quickly to new information and being methodical in their approach to solving complex problems.”

At the end of the two-year programme graduates will be awarded a level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice, along with level 2 Professionalising Investigative Programme Accreditation from the College of Policing.

Previously, the Degree Entry Programme only allowed students to enter the force as Police Constables.

Justine Kenny, Director of People and Resources, said: “This is a great opportunity for graduates to join the police as a detective. Successful applicants will spend two years living and breathing policing, learning all about the organisation and how the work of detectives, alongside colleagues in other parts of policing, is crucial in keeping Staffordshire residents safe.

“At the end of the course they will gain a professional policing qualification, while also gaining invaluable knowledge and experience by working alongside longstanding detectives who are experts in investigative policing.”

Detective Sergeant Laura Agu, who is featured in the recruitment campaign, has been a detective for almost two years now.

She said: “This is a unique opportunity to make a positive impact in society by working to solve the most serious and complex crimes.

“Join us as a detective and you won’t look back. The role is varied, fast paced and demanding. You need to be very resilient because you’ll be faced with some upsetting situations. While you have to put your emotions aside, at the same time you need to be empathetic to support victims, reassure them and explain what will happen next.”

Recruitment for specials is also underway despite the lockdown, and yesterday the force welcomed 32 new recruits at Staffordshire HQ. The ‘virtual’ ceremony was watched by friends and family who tuned in over Skype and new recruits kept at least 2 metre apart from one another.

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