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Detective Fast Track Programme

The 2018 Detective Fast Track programme is now closed for applications. Please bookmark this page or like our Facebook Page for further updates on this opportunity.

We’re offering an exciting opportunity to become a Detective Constable with Essex Police by joining our fast-track scheme.

If you #FitTheBill for Essex Police and graduate from the year-long diploma in policing training that every police officer needs to pass, your first role in our force could be as a trainee detective joining one of our teams across the county.

As a detective you will be responsible for upholding the law, responding to live and serious incidents, seeking out and securing evidence needed to build a case for the prosecution, protecting people from harm and delivering justice to victims using the full power of the law.

To join our teams, you will need to have an inquisitive mind, determination and patience to investigate robberies, solve murders, secure convictions against sex offenders and safeguard victims.

Could you compassionately support someone who has just been seriously assaulted, had a family member murdered, been robbed at knifepoint or sexually abused? Do you have the mind-set to investigate serious or complex crimes, build a case to put before a judge and lock up the county’s most serious or violent offenders?

Our detectives come from different backgrounds and bring their skills, experiences and values to their roles. Like them, you will need to be driven by your motivation to help keep people safe, act with integrity and honesty and be guided by a high moral compass. You will also not be deterred by working long hours or investigating serious, challenging crimes.

Our detectives fit the bill. Could you?

Find out more about investigation crimes in the West of the county from Detective Inspector Rob Staples:

Starting salary £24,077 with the potential to rise to £40,382 within your first 7 years (these figures include a yearly £2,000 South East allowance).

Am I eligible to apply?

A more detailed list of the required eligibility criteria can be found in our guide: ‘Detective Fast Track Scheme’. You must read this document before you apply as it will give you background information on policing in Essex and detail the eligibility criteria and the recruitment process.

If you have any questions or queries in relation to your eligibility for this role then please contact our Business Services Team via email: [email protected]

Find out more from DCI Stephen Jennings about what it takes to be a detective:

Before you apply


When applying to be a detective with Essex Police, you will progress through seven stages. We have listed them below to help you understand the process you are about to embark on. 

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