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Detective Constable – Degree Holder Entry Programme – DCDHEP

Police Officer
220000AL Requisition #

 ***Please DO NOT apply for this role if you have already applied for DHEP***

Candidates cannot progress with both DHEP and DCDHEP past the first stage so please only chose one to apply for. Both entry routes have the same assessment process in which you can only progress with one.


The Detective Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme (DCDHEP) is the right route for you if you have a degree (or higher qualification such as a Post Graduate Diploma, Masters, PhD) and you have a particular interest in working in a detective role. 

With a starting salary of £23,367 for the DHEP and a fully funded qualification.  Assuming satisfactory performance, your salary will rise to £24,780 in your second year and £25,902 in your third. This increases each year, and within seven years of service you can expect to be earning around £41,130. Plus there is a large variety of benefits, staff associations, social clubs and a pension to consider.




The role of Detective Constable is similar to a Police Constable with different operational responsibilities dealing with more complex investigations. As a Detective you could find yourself working in various departments from the Public Protection Unit (PPU), Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID), Homicide and Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU). No two cases or days are the same working as a Detective. Once qualified and accredited you can specialise in specific areas including Counter Terrorism, Serious and Organised Crime, Fraud and County Lines.


Being a Detective is a demanding and fast paced role, but the job also comes with huge rewards and job satisfaction. We are looking for individuals who have the curiosity and drive to follow every lead and ultimately discover the truth behind every situation.


As a Detective, you'll play a vital role in ensuring that the communities of the West Midlands are kept safe. It isn’t easy but it is rewarding and can be a career like no other. We want people to join us who have a range of life experiences and backgrounds; it is vitally important that we represent all of the communities that we serve.


During your training as an officer you will also earn a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice, and a Detective accreditation, which will be recognised internationally. You will obtain specialist interview training and a comprehensive Detective training package in your second year to help tailor your detective career pathway.


Your formal training will take place alongside your practical work in one of our many policing teams across the West Midlands. Lots of your learning will completed ‘on the job’ and digitally, with your face-to-face classroom style learning based in Birmingham; there’s no need to travel to Staffordshire University’s campus. As you’re completing a level 6 qualification there is an expectation that some learning will be completed in your own time. When you’re not studying you’ll be working alongside your colleagues in a variety of investigations teams helping to solve some of the most serious crimes and catch those responsible. 


Working in the West Midlands 


The West Midlands is one of Europe’s most diverse and challenging policing environments, serving 2.8 million people in an area rich in diversity, with around 30 per cent of its population from ethnic minority backgrounds. Birmingham is also the youngest city in Europe, with under 25s accounting for nearly 40 per cent of its population. Our values embody what we are, to join us you must have real passion for people and communities as well as the drive to work alongside local people, building relationships and making a difference in the West Midlands.

Am I eligible?

In summary, to be eligible for this route you will have achieved:

  • A Degree (Level 6) or above in any subject at any grade

  • OR be in the final academic year of your degree. Unfortunately, if you do not achieve your degree you will not be eligible for the DHEP route but may be able to transfer your application to the Degree Apprenticeship route (PCDA) dependant on qualifications.


The people of the West Midlands deserve an excellent service so we are looking for the best people to join us and demonstrate our values. This will include some formal requirements you’ll need to meet for the national set eligibility criteria as set out below:


Academic Qualifications:  


When you apply for the role you must attach your qualification certificate(s) to your application; if you’re applying in your final year of study we’ll require a letter from your University to confirm you're currently studying for a degree and the estimated dates of completion.


Age - How old you are doesn’t determine whether you’ll be a great officer, so we are happy to receive applications from people aged 17 or above. Please note you cannot start as a Police Officer until you are 18. 


Nationality - You must be a British Citizen, European Economic Area (EEA) National, a Commonwealth Citizen or Foreign National with no restrictions on your stay in the UK. You will be required to share your proof of work share codes with us.


Residency - Have been a resident in the UK for three years immediately prior to application. Where applicants have been a resident abroad due to serving in the British Armed Forces or on UK Government Service, they are considered to be a UK resident.


Cautions and conviction - Ideally, you shouldn't have a criminal conviction or cautions record. If you do have one, acceptance will depend on the age and nature of the offence. We are unable to state whether your convictions record will affect your application before you apply. This will be determined from the full and confidential information provided during the recruitment and selection process.


Vetting - Due to the nature of policing, it’s essential that we conduct rigorous vetting checks on successful applicants before they can join the programme. These checks will include personal details taken from you as well as from close family members and significant others.


Financial position - It's important that you are not under pressure from un-discharged debts or liabilities and that you can manage loans and debts sensibly.


Tattoos - We know some people like to express themselves with body art, however anyone who has a tattoo and / or piercing which could be reasonably interpreted as offensive to any religion or belief, or is in any way discriminatory, violent or intimidating, will not be accepted.  In line with the College of Policing’s national guidance we will carefully consider the size, nature and prominence of visible tattoos and piercings to determine if they are acceptable.


As detailed here, the process to become a police officer can be lengthy and challenging compared to some other jobs. It takes time to make sure we are getting the best people who are capable of delivering a police service we can all be proud of.



Start dates and annual leave:


For those applying now, we anticipate a start date during late 2022 / early 2023. Due to the nature of the role and your training programme, during the first 31 weeks you will only be able to take 2 weeks annual leave and these will be allotted to you. We cannot guarantee annual leave requests will be approved outside of this time. On your application we ask you to let us know if you have any pre-booked annual leave as this may affect when you’re able to start.


Start dates are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


Please visit to view more about the opportunity, support available to applicants, the full eligibility criteria and the information and documentation you’ll need to hand when you apply. 

Successful applicants will be required to pass Recruitment Vetting and Counter Terrorism Clearance scrutiny prior to commencing their role, this will include a full background & financial disclosure as part of the vetting process.

Appointment to this role will be dependent upon successfully medical checks, which may include a drugs test and if required a fitness test.


West Midlands Police is a Disability Confident Leader - the highest level an organisation can achieve under the scheme run by the Department of Work and Pensions. As part of our commitment we operate a Guaranteed Interview Scheme – all candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria for the role will be invited to the Online Assessment Centre.


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