A new graduate scheme is being promoted by the Metropolitan Police called the External Entry Detective Constable programme. Graduates (including recent graduates) will go straight into the role as a Detective Constable without the traditional requirements of working in uniform for two years and progressing through the ranks. Starting pay is £28 000. The programme is awaiting Policing Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) accreditation, which will be mandatory for new recruits by 2020. The Met hope the new programme will create a new, younger and diverse workplace.
The application process is in 2 stages.
Applicants must have resided in London for at least 3 out of the past 6 years and must hold a level 6 qualification (any discipline).
Verbal reasoning test if you pass application stage.
One day assessment centre incorporating police and detective competency tests.
Medical, fitness test and person/family vetting.
Pre-join knowledge learning and self-assessment. After completing Stage 1, there will be further assessments including mandatory training, National Investigator exams and passing 2 years of probation.
Prior to starting work, there is an 18 week training period including 3 knowledge exams, 3 role plays and 2 written assessments. Candidates will have 3 to 4 months of working in their boroughs to put their skills into practice before being entered for their first national investigators exams (PIP 1).Then candidates will take a 7 week detective course which includes 5 assessments and then will re-join their borough to undertake further development and work towards the second national investigators exam (PIP2).
There will be two intakes, the first being on or around the end of May/Beginning of June and the second being early September. About 80 trainees per cohort.
As well as this, don’t forget the Police Now graduate scheme, which is different. Graduates can also join the force in the usual way, as a non-graduate trainee.