"My first year with SWP has flown by and has been such a good experience! I have been lucky enough to experience a variety of departments and each team has made me feel so welcome."


Yes, all candidates will need to pass the academic requirements of the programme.


This is a degree holder course which results in a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.


In addition candidates will need to pass the National Investigators Exam covering relevant legislation. A pass is required to achieve accreditation as a detective.


Support will be provided for all exams and assessments, although study will be required as well in your own time.

Yes, during the initial training. The programme requires successful candidates to develop core policing knowledge and skills in a uniform response policing role.


Following this period smart business attire will be required (provided at individual expense). But please note as a police officer you may be deployed or asked to work in uniform if the organisation requires.

Unfortunately you can only join via this Detective Pathway if you are able to evidence completion of a UK or non-UK degree.


If you do not have a degree, why not consider joining our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) or becoming a Police Community Support Officer?


Additional eligibility are the same for all police officer posts.

Yes. We welcome applications from people with disabilities. Adjustments will be made to selection processes and/or the working environment, provided it is reasonable in all circumstances to do so.


If you consider yourself to have a disability, please inform us of the type of reasonable adjustments you might need to assist you in participating in the recruitment and selection process.


Candidates with a neurodiversity related condition, e.g. dyslexia, can request reasonable adjustments during the assessment process.

Unfortunately not. You need to choose which route is the most appealing to you and apply for only that route. Our systems will flag up any duplicate applications and will lead to rejection from the process.

Yes, as long as you undertook the full SEARCH or Day One assessment/Virtual Assessment centre and reached our required pass level.


You will still need to complete the remaining elements of the SWP assessment process.

Primarily we will contact you via the portal on our e-recruitment site so you need to log in frequently and regularly check your emails (including your junk folder).

My question is not answered in these FAQs how do I get in touch?

Email any further queries you have to: [email protected]