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Traditionally, you’d need police experience to become a detective constable. However, we’re now giving people the chance to join directly into the role. It’s a huge change, and we’re the first police service in the country to offer this exciting opportunity.
It’s also a real challenge, but we are sure, you’ll find it’s incredibly rewarding, as you help make London safer, serve our local communities, and strive to achieve the right outcome for victims and their families. The pages within this section will outline the responsibilities, pay, benefits and training that you’ll receive and provide details on how to apply.
Detective constables are vital to investigations. In this interesting and exciting role, you will be working on varied investigations, which could include serious assaults, domestic violence, fraud, burglary, robbery and knife crime. You could be working to safeguard a child or adult and you could be pushing a case through the courts, ensuring that you get the right outcomes for the victim’s family and making your community safer.
Being a detective is all about uncovering the truth, while identifying and managing any risks. You’ll do this by analysing evidence, talking to witnesses and building trust within the community. You will talk to lots of different people, and have the compassion and skills to deal with difficult situations.