Date Responded 07 December 2018

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

I am writing to you today to enquire about your current training, development and recruitment of detectives

Which of these methods does your police service use in regards to the training of detectives? If you only select ‘Classic’, please move on to question 5. If you have selected more than just ‘Classic’, please answer up to question 4.

Classic training method (This is where Police Constables are selected or apply to become a detective).

Fast Track Method (This is where the applicants are recruited externally to be trained as a Police constable in the first year and then receive detective training in the 2nd and 3rd years).

Direct Entry (Where the applicants are recruited externally and then trained to be a detective without any uniform experience and within two years).

Other; if your service is doing something that has not been listed please state it below.

1.How long has your selected training method been used for detectives?

2.If you have ticked anything else other than option 1 (Classic), please explain your selection criteria for potential applicants on to the course?

3.Please can you provide a link to any public advertisement you have about your recruitment of detectives or send me any material that you used which is no longer accessible from public websites?

4.Other than the ‘Classic’ option, do any of your alternative course(s) feature the 19 week National Police Constable training programme? Whether it is altered or unaltered.

5.Why has your organisation chosen only the classic route

6.Do you have any plans to develop any schemes for either direct entry, fast track or other means of recruiting detectives.

7.Are you currently (or do you plan to) have any research or evaluation undertaken on your course via an external source (university) or internal report?


In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with both the HR and Training Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

  1. N/A
  2. N/A
  3. N/A
  4. N/A
  5. Northumbria Police has historically chosen the classic route due to having sufficient interest from serving police officers to become detectives, and the fact that an established training programme (Initial Crime Investigation Development Programme (ICIDP)) is in place.

The Force is currently recruiting transferees from other forces who are PIP 2 qualified. It is anticipated a skills gap analysis will be undertaken upon commencement of employment of these transferees, to identify gaps in knowledge and ability, which will be addressed through bespoke courses

6. Northumbria Police currently has no plans to recruit Detectives either by Direct Entry, Fast Track or other means different to the traditional route, i.e. training currently serving officers to become Detectives. We are considering whether the use of alternative schemes would suite the Force’s needs, though there are no plans to implement this at this stage.


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