- Reuters/Stefan Wermuth
Have you always dreamed about solving crimes? Did you grow up idolising Sherlock Holmes and Jessica Fletcher?
Well, those ambitions can now become a reality. For the first time, Londoners are being offered the chance to join the Metropolitan Police Service directly as a detective constable, without any prior policing experience.
The Met says it is looking to attract talented applicants from a range of backgrounds for 80 detective roles.
They are looking for people who can bring “diversity, skills, knowledge, and a wide variety of experiences to the organisation.”
The application process will start from May 31 and close on July 3. Successful candidates would start working in “investigative policing” as soon as they complete their 18 weeks of training.
There are four key requirements for candidates:
- People applying should have lived in London for three of the past six years. Have a university degree. Be required to pass a National Investigators Exam within 12 months of being recruited. Complete a two-year development programme before being given the title of detective constable.
“London continues to change and so do its criminals. Increasing complex crimes such as cyber-criminality and the pressing need to protect vulnerable people mean our investigators need to develop new expertise,” said Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, lead for the detective recruitment programme, in a statement.
“To meet these challenges and to face future threats, the Met will need to equip its officers, present and future, with the right skills and capabilities. We will need to ensure we are even more innovative in the way we recruit, and that we look and feel like the Londoners we serve.”
Successful applicants will start on a salary of £22,896 with London allowances of £6,711. After training, their wage rises to £38,001, plus allowances.
Currently, the Met has 5,500 detectives out of 31,000 police officers. Earlier this year, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said there was a shortage of detectives and investigators at the Met, leading to a “national crisis” of strain on the force.
At the time, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons said the Met was short of around 800 detectives. Allegedly, investigations were being led by those who didn’t have sufficient training or experience, The Guardian reported. This new recruitment scheme aims to tackle the problem.To learn more about the role,
To learn more about the role, you can apply on the Metropolitan Police website here.