Home Office launch new detective scheme

As part of new government funding to develop a national training programme, the number of detectives can be boosted by up to 1,000 in the next five years.

The Home Office will work with Police Now, an award-winning police graduate recruitment programme, to develop the scheme and will provide £2.8 million to support the programme this financial year to help provide an additional £350,000 seed funding for the detective entry programme.

The Police Now programme will include digital training to ensure that recruits are equipped to deal with the changing nature of modern crime and will focus on problem solving, crime prevention and safeguarding so that detectives on the scheme meet the needs of forces and communities.

Nick Hurd, Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, said: “Detectives are the fact-finders of our police service. They play an important role in bringing criminals to justice and getting to the bottom of complex crimes. I’m keen to get more new detectives trained up, so I’m delighted to support this innovative Police Now programme, which will bring in new talent, train detectives in a matter of months and complement other measures that the government and police are taking to keep the public safe.”

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