Detective Constable Amy Arnone began her training with North Wales Police in January 2020 and her CID training in April 2020. She is currently based in St Asaph CID.

What did you do before joining North Wales Police?

My last job was as a Supervisor at Next in Burnley – I also volunteered at a residential home for ex-sex offenders alongside that.

What made you decide to change career and become a Detective?

I saw the advert on Facebook actually and the tag line was ‘do you notice’ and it drew me in!

I wasn’t planning on a career change at all. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and was considering training to become a Paramedic, but I applied for this role on a whim and just kept getting to the next stage.

I was asked on a Monday night to attend the assessment centre in London on the Tuesday, and got a 5am train to get there from Burnley! When I applied for the role I had never even been to Wales - in fact my first day in Wales was for my fitness/medical!

What has the training been like?

For me, it’s been great! We did our training alongside revising for and sitting our NIE (National Investigators Exam) and it really was 24/7 commitment to the job - but I absolutely loved it. It was a lot of work but it was really enjoyable working alongside the other direct entries and it’s been great as I’ve made friends for life.

What’s the best bit about the role?

I have loved everything about the role.

I loved my time on response and everything in CID. I’ve had some really good jobs and have been lucky to take my very first CID job to court and then to an appeal at Crown Court. It is also brilliant getting involved in other people’s investigations in the office or when there’s a big job in - everyone gets involved!

One of the best things about doing the Direct Entry Detective scheme was that our probation is slightly longer than the normal PC/DC entry, meaning you have a tutor for longer and therefore you have that safety net for longer! This has meant I’ve been able to jump onto other interesting jobs too and shadow other people.

Any words of advice to anybody who is thinking of applying?

Our training days, including NIE revision time were sometimes 14 hour days and you need to appreciate that the training period is very full on due to the nature of a ‘fast track’ programme.

However, it’s been a great way to get into the job and the opportunities once you’re in CID are endless. I would say, if you’re thinking of applying, then just do it and the process of applying itself will help you decide if the role is for you.

It’s a brilliant job that I didn’t realise was my dream job until I started it!

Former journalist Nick Ellis began his policing career in 2007 where he joined North Wales Police as a Special Constable. In 2008 he began as a regular Police Officer and worked in Llandudno, Rhyl, Abergele and St Asaph.

Nick Ellis is a Graduate in BA (Hons) of the University of Wolverhampton where he studied Social Policy and English. He is also a former music journalist who wrote for a variety of national music publications. He is also a former reporter for the Rhyl and Prestatyn Visitor newspaper and Trinity Mirror publication group.

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Did you always want to be a Detective?

My drive to join CID mainly started with enjoying working on more complex investigations whilst as a response officer. It was during an appraisal with my Sergeant in 2014 where I put forward that I wished to make the change from response officer to detective. With my background being fairly academic and journalistic, I knew the transition would go quite smoothly.

What’s the best part about the role?

The best part about the role of detective is working as part of a team who all rally together when a big job comes in. The office comes alive and everyone behaves in a symbiotic manner to progress the investigation.

Do you have any words of advice for anybody who is thinking of applying?

The advice I would provide for anyone thinking of applying for the role is to go for it. Policing is a very difficult but rewarding career and working on significant investigations is extremely enthralling

I joined North Wales Police in January 1984 and was posted to Rhyl, however I very quickly realised early on in my career that I had a leaning towards the role of a Detective Officer.

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I enjoyed interviewing both witnesses and suspects alike and relished the opportunity of becoming involved in series and serious crime investigations. It would be fair to say that back then there was a real kudos and a sense of pride in becoming a Detective by those who chose that vocation and I strived to achieve such status. It may sound a bit dramatic to say but the day when I received my new warrant card with the words ‘Detective Constable’ written on it was such a landmark in my career and an equally significantly proud moment for me and something that I will never forget.

I have since had the privilege to have worked in all ranks, both in uniform and as a Detective up to and including Detective Chief Inspector, with some exceptionally talented colleagues along the way but my heart truly lies in the Detective arena of Policing.

I have been fortunate to have worked on some significant cases and I have often enjoyed the rewards of seeing many ‘baddies’ being served their just rewards through the long hours of dedication and sterling efforts of those enthusiastic Detective Teams.

My passion for the role of a Detective led to me being truly honoured when I was elected in to the prestigious role of the Chairman of the Police Federation National Detective Forum (PFNDF) which entailed me contributing towards the national training agenda, disseminating best practices and investigative techniques across the Country as well as hosting the National Detective Awards, a position that I held for several years.

I am now back at the ‘coal face’ in my 37th year with North Wales Police. This time as a Civilian Investigator working out of the Bangor CID Office finding myself relishing being a part of a great team and once again happily immersed in investigative work.

If anyone out there reading this article is considering becoming a Detective Officer I cannot recommend it to you enough. It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop and hone your curious, probing inquiring nature at the same time as gaining rewarding nationally recognised accredited qualifications. It can of course be hard work with long hours but the potential rewards for a Detective Police Officer far outweigh the demands of the role.

If you decide to give it a go, believe me it certainly has the potential to be the best career move that you will ever make, it certainly was for me!

Visit the College of Policing website to read more serving Detectives' career stories about working in investigation.

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