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Police Now Detective Programme

West Mercia Police is working with Police Now to run a new two year programme to offer up to 10 outstanding individuals the opportunity to train as detective constables.

The Police Now Detective Programme allows us to reach out to talented graduates from many fields who may have not have considered working in policing, yet have the skills and experience for a successful long-term career as a detective.

This pioneering scheme is designed to alleviate the nationwide shortage of investigative officers, supporting frontline detectives to tackle some of the most harmful criminal activity within our communities. While recruitment of our existing officers into detective roles will continue, the Police Now Detective Programme will allow us to bring in additional officers relatively quickly and directly, bringing in additional resource into investigative areas where we need it most.

Applicants will need at least two years' work experience, reflecting the fact this is not an entry-level role, as well as an undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above. If successful in passing the rigorous assessment process, applicants will be offered a place at the 12 week Police Now Detective Academy, starting in September 2019.

On arrival in force, trainees will gain experience in a uniformed role before arriving within CID as trainee investigators. They will be supported by a Police Now Leadership Development Officer, in addition to their colleagues and line managers, and will be expected to produce a portfolio and be signed off as competent to the same high standard as any other detective. In return, the trainee detectives will be paid the same as any other new recruit to the force and receive the same pension and benefits as all West Mercia officers.

Applications from people who are currently under-represented in our force are particularly welcomed.


We will consider applications from people who meet the Police Now Detective Constable entry requirements. In addition, you will need to meet our local force criteria:

  • You must not have a conviction as an adult or juvenile (although some minor offences and cautions may not exclude you)
  • You must not have tattoos on your face, neck, top of the hand, palms or fingers or any which could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues
  • You must be physically fit and not have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of under 18 or over 30. You will not be medically cleared for appointment while your BMI is outside this range
  • You must have been resident in the UK for the last three years
  • If not resident in the UK for the last three years, you must be able to supply an approved checkable history.

How to apply

Register your interest and apply directly via the Police Now Detective Programme website. Applications close on 30 April 2019.

Further information

If you have any queries about the Police Now Detective Programme, please contact the Recruitment Team on