How to become a Thames Valley Police Detective in just two years

Detective Constable Yvonne Newman has been with Thames Valley Police for 12 years
Detective Constable Yvonne Newman joined Thames Valley Police 12 years ago Credit: Thames Valley Police

Super sleuths are being sought by Thames Valley Police (TVP) as part of the force's 'fast track' Detective programme.

The two-year training course is being offered to anyone with a degree and features both on-the-job and off-the-job learning.

It will be delivered by TVP and Bucks New University with a 19-week initial learning phase based at TVP’s Training Centre in Sulhamstead, Reading.

According to the job description, successful candidates will be responsible for managing and conducting complex investigations from initial crime scene management to the verdict being delivered at court.

The role will vary from interviewing suspects, identifying witnesses, handling forensic evidence, preparing and submitting case papers, attending court and being the point of contact for victims of crime.

ITV Meridian has been speaking to Detective Inspector Peter Scott, who has worked for Thames Valley Police for 23 years.

  • Question: What first attracted you to the role and what do you like about your job?

  • Question: Other than a degree, what qualities must applicants possess?

  • Question: What type of person are you looking to recruit?

The starting salary for all new recruits is £26,780 (which includes £2,000 South-East allowance). On the current system, officers can expect to be earning a salary in excess of £40,000 per annum by their 7th year in the job.

For further information about the role and how to apply, please click here.