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Opportunities are now open for officers to directly transfer into Durham Constabulary as a Detective Constable working within CID and safeguarding.

You will need to be:

  • Existing Detective Constables (ICIDP or PIP2 equivalent qualified).
  • Constables who have completed their probationary period without prior experience in crime and justice roles who demonstrate the desired skills and aptitude and are willing to undertake the National Investigators Examination (NIE), ICIDP course, and completion of portfolio.
  • Probationers with more than 21 months' service and who have fully completed their PDP portfolio may also apply.
  • Applicants who join CID or Safeguarding and complete the NIE in the next 12 months may be eligible for a one-off £500 payment.

To apply, please click here to download an application form and return it to human.resources@durham.police.uk

Selection process

Once you have submitted your application form, along with all relevant documentation listed, your application will be subject to an eligibility sift.

You may then be invited to attend for an interview/assessment, and if successful you will progress to a standard medical assessment, a substance misuse test and a job related fitness test (JRFT) which may be held on a separate day.

The interview is based on the police professional framework and will incorporate Durham Constabulary values. The fitness test will comprise an endurance test.

Full details of this selection process will be confirmed on receipt of your completed application form.

All transfers must be vetted to a minimum of CTC level by Durham Constabulary regardless of your current vetting status.

Our force takes part in Positive Action which aims to increase recruitment applications from all underrepresented groups. People with language skills, different cultures and backgrounds are encouraged to apply our organisation. We are committed to building our relationships with minority communities and encouraging them to join our policing family. 

We value people from all diverse areas of the community and work closely with internal and external support groups to ensure our staff have access to the most appropriate support and career development needs possible to be able to positively contribute to the policing of our communities.

Frequently asked questions

1. What does the process involve?
In order to transfer to Durham Constabulary, you will need to complete the application form and submit to HR department.  If you meet the criteria you will be offered the opportunity to attend an interview at police headquarters at Aykley Heads, in Durham.

Followng this, successful applicants will be required to undertake fitness test and medical and will be subject to vetting procedure. 

2. How long does the process take?
This can subject to timescales for interviews, fitness test, medical and vetting we aim to expedite these processes at the earliest opportunity. 

3. Where will I be based?
Durham Constabulary has CID and Safeguarding bases in Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Peterlee, Durham City, Stanley and Consett.

We will endeavour to try and place at a location convenient for you, however this is subject to suitable vacancies cannot always be guaranteed.

4. Will I get a choice between Safeguarding and CID?
We aim to match the skills of the transferee with suitable post but this is subject to available vacancies at the time of appointment. 

5. What does the induction process consist of?
Your line manager will make contact with you prior to starting in your vacancy to ensure you have the right systems in place before your arrival, you will then work with a mentor to learn the force systems and procedures. 

6. Is there parking at the stations?
Not all stations have available parking. 

7. What is the new Investigation Hub?
Development is underway on a new state-of-the-art investigative hub located at Durham Gate near Thinford on the A167.  This will contain modern office spaces and will also house all custody facilities including 48 modern cells, interview rooms, medical provision and forensic examination room.

In addition, the hub will contain crime scene investigation facilities, evidence stores, virtual courts and CCTV.  It is anticipated this will open in Spring 2023. 

8. Do I need to be a qualified detective to apply?
No, but you need to be willing to work in an investigative role within either Safeguarding or CID and be willing to complete the ICIDP (Initial Crime Investigators Development Programme). There is an established induction programme in place for non-PIP2 officers to obtain their ICIDP qualification and you will be fully supported throughout this process. 

9. How will I be supported within Durham Constabulary?
Durham Constabulary has a number of employee support groups and networks, this includes Disability Support Network, Durham Ethnic Minority Support Association, LGBT+ network, STAR - Women in Policing, Durham Constabulary Autism Association, the Wellbeing Hub and Sports and Social Club to name a few. 

10. Can I contact someone if I wish to ask for further information or advice?
Please feel free to contact any of the officers below should you wish to speak with anyone for more advice or information: