Fast Track to Detective Programme and Career Opportunities

Our Detectives investigate anything from domestic abuse, fraud, robbery, child protection, cyber-crime, serious assaults, organised crime, right the way through to high level drugs importation and serious organised crime.

Find out more about the investigator role profile.

North Wales Police are looking for candidates that are determined to see things through, who can be compassionate towards others, and demonstrate resilience when things might not go the right way. You’ll need to be confident, calm and professional and have the ability to problem solve and think outside the box. The training programme in partnership with Bangor University is designed to expand on your skillset and harness your strengths.

This is a salaried two-year intensive course, which will require commitment and dedication to both serving the public and meeting the demands of the Fast Track to Detective programme. The starting salary is £24,780, potentially rising to £41,130 within your first seven years.

About the DHEP Fast Track to Detective Programme (Degree Holder Entry Programme)

This programme is designed to equip you with core policing skills required in modern investigative work. Being a detective is all about how you interpret information and being able to see clues where others don’t, allowing you to see below the surface.

Successful candidates will be methodical, have an inquisitive mind set and be resilient focussing on working towards defined goals. The tenacity you bring to your role as a detective will help you deliver on these key attributes. You’ll have a keen eye for detail; critically analysing information to take ownership of cases and collaborate with others combining insight with evidence to define root causes and make ethical decisions of some of the most complex problems/scenarios.

Everything you do, you’ll be adaptive to change to maintain flexible views as situations change, and be able to show compassion to the community you serve.

The North Wales Police Detective Programme is designed with you in mind; we offer a unique opportunity into policing to anyone who holds a degree level 6 or above and who’s interested in working within an ever changing criminal landscape.

The Fast Track to Detective Programme has been designed to equip you with both on and off the job learning; providing the right knowledge and resources to support you in becoming an accredited Detective in just two years.

The detective training programme is held in partnership with Bangor University.

Year 1 Training Programme
26 weeks
  • This is classroom based tutorship learning covering Induction, Personal Safety Training, First Aid Training and Police Law and Procedures.
  • During these weeks, we incorporate annual leave, a Welsh course and a Police Driving Course
  • You’ll be provided with three closed book multi-choice examinations on Crime Legislation, Traffic Legislation and Policing Procedure
  • You’ll also complete role plays and assessment days as part of your learning.
  • At the end of the 26 weeks, you’ll be posted to a Local Policing Unit.
10 weeks

During these weeks you’ll be in police uniform receiving tutorship with an experienced Police Constable putting the classroom phase into an operational setting.

12 weeks

This is a mentorship phase working in a variety of areas under the supervision of an experienced officer.

4 weeks

You’ll be on uniformed duties working towards Independent Patrol Status (IPS).

You’ll be given sufficient notice of your shift pattern.  These tend to be between 10 and 12 hour working days and cover weekends, evenings and bank holidays.

During this time you will work towards completing an Operational Competency Portfolio (OCP) to evidence your policing experience, in line with the criteria set by the College of Policing.

Approximately 9 months into year 1

At this stage you’ll sit the National Investigators Examination (NIE). This is an examination all detectives are required to pass before they progress into an investigative environment.

Throughout year 1

You’ll be required to complete a number of academic assignments set by Bangor University around the police related topics you’ll be taught.

Following successful completion of Year 1, you’ll gateway into year 2 of the programme.

Year 2

Criminal Investigation Department (CID)

Under the supervision of a Detective Sergeant and a CID tutor, you’ll move into a CID based environment working alongside seasoned investigators who are responsible for investigating some of the most serious and complex criminal cases.

You’ll be attached to several other areas of the investigation family such as:

  • Protecting Vulnerable Person Unit (PVPU)
  • Police Online Investigations Team (POLIT)
  • Major Investigations Team (MIT)
  • Amethyst (Rape and sexual offences investigations)
  • Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)
  • Financial Investigation Unit (FIU)

We’ve provided information below about the department you could be working within at North Wales Police.

During this time, you’ll continue to complete your Operational Competency Portfolio (OCP) evidencing your policing experience against the criteria to become a detective; and you’ll also attend Bangor University to complete your academic studies and assignments.

These studies will include completion of the Professionalising Investigative Programme 2 (PIP2) accredited by the College of Policing. 

Upon completion of the year 2 syllabus you’ll be an accredited detective and begin working in an investigative role.

In agreeing to join North Wales Police, you’re agreeing to our posting principles, which means that you could be posted anywhere across the counties of North Wales. Our workforce planning team considers a range of information when they decide on your posting.

We factor in annual leave dates for trainees. As training is provided in blocks you may miss vital parts of the training if you have already planned to take leave and you may not be able to progress. We recommend advising [email protected] of any holidays booked as this can also affect your start date.

Areas of investigative specialisms

On successful completion of the 2 year Fast Track to Detectives Programme, you’ll be eligible to apply for a specialist detective post.  You may be able to transfer to different units over the course of your career. 

Further professional training may be required when you begin working in any of these specialist units and when the time for promotion or specialisation is right; you’ll find North Wales Police a supportive employer, providing the opportunity for your aspirations and ability to be recognised. Our Talent Management Programme - new for 2020 - offers additional development routes for exceptional officers.

The following are examples of specialist areas of investigations offered by North Wales Police:

The role of a Detective within CID is both challenging and very rewarding. You will complete a bespoke training program that will give you the confidence and skills to deal with serious assaults, serious sexual assaults, robbery, burglary and complex fraud.

You will work closely with colleagues from Response Policing and support them with complex investigations and also support Major Crime investigations when called upon. You will also build a sound foundation of both overt and covert Policing.

Our Serious Organised Crime teams have a strong history of infiltrating local and regionally based crime groups who impact our communities. We partner with prosecution partners to ensure covertly obtained evidence can be translated into compelling evidence.

The Force Major Incident Team are responsible for the management and investigation of the most serious and complex crimes including suspicious deaths, murder, kidnap and extortion.

Detectives in PVPU will investigate incidents of child abuse and neglect and those involving vulnerable adults who are at risk of harm and abuse. We work closely with our partner agencies in local authority, including social services, education and health.

Under our PVPU umbrella is our Amethyst department, where Detectives investigate offences of serious sexual assault in partnership with support services provided by the Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

PVPU also includes our Police Investigation Team. The team are centrally based and investigate individuals in North Wales who use the internet to create, share and view images of child sexual abuse. Part of the role is to identify the child victims of the sexual abuse shared online and remove them from the offenders controlling them.

The Cyber Crime Unit is responsible for the investigation of all cyber dependent crime within the North Wales Police force area.

Here’s the College of Policing career pathway (PDF) about investigating serious and complex crime. You can also read serving Detectives' career stories about working in investigation.