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Our selection process does two things – assures that working as a constable is right for you, and assesses against the specifics of the detective role. To do this, you will initially undertake the Constable Day One assessment centre, and if successful, will then be invited to complete a more specific detective assessment.
Once you've submitted your application form, we'll review this to understand you and check that you're eligible to apply. You can find out more about our eligibility criteria later on.
If eligible, you can then expect your journey to be:
Day One assessment centre
Verbal reasoning test
If successful, we offer you the role (subject to pre-employment checks!)
Once cleared through pre-employment checks, we agree a start date with you
Pre-training study – approximately 80 to 90 hours of pre-reading
20 weeks of training on joining
Your borough posting commences
Trainee DC development period
National Investigators Exam
Advanced detective training
The training and development wrap-around to becoming a detective constable is significant, seeking to equip you to handle a range and volume of priority, serious and complex crimes.