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Bedfordshire Police is recruiting detectives

7 Feb 2019

The ADCP programme provides an exciting opportunity for people who are naturally curious, and want to make a difference to Bedfordshire by investigating the crimes that cause the most harm to our communities and safeguarding victims against harmful offenders.


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.


After 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.


Detective Chief Superintendent Sharn Basra has been a detective for over 20 years, and is leading the programme. He said: “Any detective will tell you that ours is a challenging job, but also one which is extremely rewarding – especially getting that sense of justice or closure for your victim.


“No policing experience is required to apply for the ADCP, just as none is required when you join as a PC either; instead you learn skills through a 16 week training programme and then by being paired with a tutor. Those steps still apply for this programme - applicants need to complete initial training and will spend a year as a PC before taking their next steps.


“The ADCP allows us to recruit people with new skills and experience to the force; 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 we require.”


The force held an information evening last night (Wednesday) at Police Headquarters in Kempston, which saw around 30 people come along to find out more about the programme. There is one more information evening in Luton, which will be held on 13 February from 7pm at the Post Graduate Block at the University of Bedfordshire’s Luton campus. Anyone interested in attending is asked to register on the force’s recruitment site


To apply for the Accelerated Detective Constable Programme, or to find out more, read the ADCP role profile.

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