Detective Constable Accelerated Entry Scheme - Inner London

GBP 40,000 - 60,000
Job description

Are you ready to embark on a rewarding career path as a Detective Constable with the British Transport Police? We're currently seeking motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds to join our force and fast-track their journey to becoming detectives.

Our unique entry scheme is designed to welcome applicants from all walks of life, with minimal entry requirements that focus on transferable skills and knowledge. Whether you're transitioning from another career or seeking a new challenge, we're looking for dedicated individuals who are passionate about serving their community.

As a successful candidate, you'll receive comprehensive support from our experienced training staff. Over a 12-month period, you'll undergo rigorous training in criminal investigation, equipping you with the tools and knowledge needed to thrive in this dynamic field.

Join us in making a difference and shaping the future of law enforcement in Inner London. Apply now and take the first step towards an exciting career with the British Transport Police.

Application Process

  1. Complete our online application form.
  2. Attend a mandatory DC AES information session
  3. Online Testing
  4. Interview & Assessment Centre
  5. Vetting and Medical Assessments
  6. Begin Training

The DC Accelerated entry scheme has been created with support and quality delivery in mind. Recruits will first, and foremost, be trained to be police officers. Diverging after basic training from the traditional probationer constable route way to undertake bespoke criminal investigation training. Designed to give them the skillset to enter CID as a trainee Detective Constable after just 42 weeks of training*.

Training Schedule

  • 18 weeks basic officer training
  • 8 weeks tutored uniform patrol
  • 16 weeks criminal investigation training
  • Entry into CID as a Trainee Detective
  • Entry into National Investigators Exam (NIE)
  • Portfolio of investigative work working towards accreditation as a Detective Constable

*Inclusive of holiday

Basic Eligibility Criteria

We do need to let you know that you will not be eligible to apply if:

  • You have been unsuccessful following a BTP Police Officer interview in the last 6 months.
  • You have been unsuccessful following shortlisting or online ability testing for a BTP Police Officer within the last 3 months.
  • You have ever received a custodial sentence (other cautions, convictions and involvement with the police must be declared during the vetting process but are not necessarily a bar to employment).
  • You have been declared bankrupt, have a CCJ or an un-managed IVA.
  • You have tattoos that are deemed offensive; A visible tattoo is permissible, as long as it is not on the face, head or front or side of the neck. Visible tattoos are permissible on other areas of the body, including hands, arms, legs, and feet. A visible tattoo is also permissible on the back of the neck as long as the tattoo is discreet and behind the ear lobe. Discreet tattoos on the ear are also considered acceptable. Consideration will be given to tattoos on the face that were necessary following medical procedures or for cosmetic procedures e.g. eyebrows.

For further information on our eligibility criteria, pay and benefits and other useful information, please have a read through the attached recruitment pack as it contains lots of useful information for you.

Representing The Communities We Serve

At the heart of our mission is the belief that our workforce should mirror the diversity of the communities we serve. As a national police force, we interact with individuals from various backgrounds daily. Currently, only a fifth of police officers in the UK are women, and ethnic minorities make up less than one in 10.

We are committed to building an organization that reflects the vibrant tapestry of our society. Hence, we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds. Rest assured, each application will be evaluated solely on its individual merit, without bias.

The closing date for applications is the 13th of May at 10am

Please note that we cannot consider applications submitted after this deadline, regardless of the circumstances, including technical glitches. To avoid disappointment, we urge you to submit your application well before the deadline.

Support with the Recruitment Process

Upon successful completion of the initial application sift, BTP will conduct mandatory information/application workshops for the Detective Constable AES. These sessions, scheduled on the dates/times below, will offer invaluable insights into the recruitment process, along with practical tips and guidance. Details on registering for these sessions will be provided in due course. If you're unable to attend any of these sessions, please notify recruitment promptly.

DC AES Information Sessions will be communicated shortly.

More information on the Detective Constable role can be found in our recruitment information pack attached. This explains the role in more detail, a day in the life and covers the assessment process in more detail.

Positive Action

At BTP we are proud guardians of the railway, and it is crucial that we represent the diverse communities we serve and protect. As ‘One BTP’ across the UK, we know that diversity, inclusion and belonging help us improve our decision making, foster creativity and drive innovation so all our people can thrive.

Our vacancies are open to everyone, and all appointments are made based on merit. So that we can become more diverse we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, people who have a disability, those who are neurodiverse and persons who identify as LGBTQI+. We use positive action to encourage potential candidates from underrepresented groups through targeted workshops or advice sessions. If you have the skills, experience, and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

For more information on Positive Action pleaseclick hereor email the team on

On a final note...

If you want to ask us any awkward or ‘obvious’ questions, if you are you unsure whether your personal circumstances are suitable for a career as a Police Constable but don’t know how to talk to us about it OR have any questions about the application process, please email our friendly and helpful team where we will be happy to help you: If your question related to equality or diversity then you can also contact our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion team directly at: To reassure you, anything you ask us will be in the strictest confidence and will not form part of your application.

Join us on the journey and bring your professionalism, commitment, and leadership skills on board - Police like no other

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