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30 Mar 2020


Police Constable: Investigating Officer 

Our Professional Standards Department (PSD) are recruiting Police Constable’s to work as Investigating Officers. Three of them to be exact. So if you’re a PC interested in picking up an investigative role looking at crime, misconduct and corruption, please read on…


This interesting and varied role will see you dealing with internal discipline enquiries, criminal allegations and managing public complaints.

The focus of everyone working within PSD is prevention - working with every command across the force to prevent all our colleagues from finding themselves subject to misconduct investigations and/or public complaints. There is a real commitment and emphasis on continuous improvement - learning from our mistakes is key. That learning is shared throughout the organisation to the benefit of everyone. When colleagues do make errors of judgement, we ensure that we deal with them in a timely, fair, proportionate and professional manner.


So you will need to demonstrate a broad knowledge and experience of policing, and have a real appreciation around some of the different cultures in policing. You will need to have belief in the Code of Ethics, and the moral courage to challenge inappropriate behaviour.

High standards of professional behaviour and a genuine commitment to providing the public with the best service possible are also non-negotiable.

More information about the role, including the key responsibilities and how to apply can be found here.

The closing date is Sunday 14 June 2020 at 23:55, so get your skates on!


It’s a big decision, joining the police family. So you’ll need to ask yourself a few important questions:

  • Are you someone who thrives on two days never being the same?
  • Will you run towards danger instead of away from it?
  • Are you prepared to stand for hours in the rain protecting a crime scene as well as catching the criminal?
  • Are you willing to spend longer on the paperwork than you are on the beat?
  • Are you ready to be given a mouthful of abuse from the very person you are trying to protect? Are you a problem solver, a challenger, a motivator?
  • Do you like to work as part of family team, with a bit of banter and make friends for life?
  • Are you up to working for a force that’s ambitious and aspirational?

If the answer is yes then you are ready.  Whilst the current recruitment window may have just closed please keep an eye on this page for when it opens again. 

Being a police officer is fulfilling as well as challenging and two days really never are the same. On any given shift you could be carrying out a search warrant, arresting a drug dealer or being a reassuring face to a victim of domestic abuse. Your next shift you could be patrolling a public event, interviewing a suspect in custody or collecting vital evidence.

Policing is not purely about enforcement, your communication skills and ability to build relationships with the public will be key. You will need to be caring and compassionate as you will be dealing with victims of crime, witnesses and vulnerable members of our community. In a fast paced environment you will need to be prepared for the unexpected and stay calm under pressure, making split second decisions.

We are committed to creating a workforce that better represents the communities we serve to ensure we can respond to, and meet the needs of, our local communities.

Once you’re part of the family there are so many opportunities to progress through the ranks or specialise in an area of policing that interests you. You could become a detective, join our firearms or roads policing units or one of our public protection teams.

Wherever you decide to take your career, we will support you and help you develop to be the best officer you can be. Your development starts from day one and our training programme will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective police officer.