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Accelerated detective constable programme

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The Accelerated Detective Constable Programme (ADCP) provides an exciting opportunity for peopleDisability confident leader logo who are naturally curious, and want to make a difference to our county.

Our detectives investigate the crimes that cause the most harm to our communities, like burglary, robbery, sexual offences and organised crime, and safeguard victims against harmful offenders.

Accelerated Detective Constable Programme showing DC Paul Fitzharris interviewing a suspectThe ADCP allows us to recruit people with new skills and experience to Bedfordshire Police. The process just makes it a little bit quicker for people to become detectives, but all candidates will still need to complete the relevant training and assessments along the way to ensure they meet the standards required by the force.



Successful applicants will complete 16 weeks of initial training, and then go on to work as a police officer across the county to gain valuable experience in both the force’s response and community teams. Our police officer application process and guidance is very similar to the ADCP process, please view those webpages to understand more about the student journey, vetting, fitness test and more.


Accelerated Detective Constable Programme - DC Rebecca Breed reviewing evidence in a bagAfter a year, if the candidate has demonstrated that they meet the requirements expected, they will be placed into an investigative team and complete a year’s intensive Trainee Investigator training, and obtain a qualification to enable them to become a detective.

No policing experience is required to apply for the ADCP, just as none is required when you join as a PC either. Those skills are learned through the initial 16 week training programme and then by being paired with a tutor.

Start your career in policing as a detective - Detective Constable Lucy Arnold pictured in the recruitment banner

Visit these pages to understand more about the application process and about the student journey.

 The ADCP route is currently closed and a re-open date has not been given as yet. If you would like to become a detective you can do so by joining the police officer route and training as a detective once you are a fully ranked officer.

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