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Detective Fast Track scheme

Crime is changing and so is the way Lincolnshire Police is recruiting people. You can now join to specialise as a detective constable through our new Detective Fast Track scheme.

The traditional path to becoming a detective sees officers spend over two years in a uniformed response role before being able to apply.

The Detective Fast Track scheme allows successful applicants to join one of our specialist investigation teams at just 42 weeks. The pathway is demanding, but in turn a great deal of support and guidance is available from the very start.

If you are highly motivated with a strong investigative mindset, good communication skills and a positive desire to help the vulnerable and support the community, then we are looking for you.

It’ll be a real challenge, but we’re sure you’ll find it incredibly rewarding. The three-stage selection process is multi-layered and designed to be rigorous.

The Detective Pathway

If you are successful in gaining a position with us, you will be allocated a detective mentor and then undergo the following training and assessment programme:

  • Classroom training for 21 weeks (including 18 days of specialist investigative training).
  • Tutored uniform patrol period for 10 weeks.
  • Independent uniform patrol period for 10 weeks .
  • Commence trainee detective role within Specialist investigation team including Completion of IPLDP (Initial Police Learning and Development Portfolio).
  • Sit National Investigators Exam.
  • 6 week Specialist Investigation Course (Initial Crime Investigation Development Programme).
  • Commence ICIDP Portfolio.
  • Completion of ICIDP Portfolio leading to Confirmation of Detective accreditation.
  • Continue personal professional development with opportunity to specialise further.

The pathway will take you into either a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) or one of our Protecting Vulnerable Persons (PVP) Teams.

Our CID teams deal with residential burglaries, serious assaults, domestic abuse, robbery, fraud, drug trafficking and stalking offences. In addition, detectives are frequently engaged in unexplained deaths and high-risk missing person enquiries.

Our PVP Teams concentrate on abuse and serious sexual offences involving both Adults and Children. The role is varied, involving more demanding cases such as Child Sexual Exploitation. Each case normally brings about significant safeguarding considerations.

Case Studies

Detective Sergeant Jesee Karanga (Lincoln CID)

"I am a detective sergeant, currently supervising the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). I joined Lincolnshire Police in 2010. My aspiration from the time I joined was to serve our communities as a detective.

I wanted to proactively and reactively investigate crimes and to be a key driver in seeking justice for victims of crime and keeping our communities safe from those who cause serious harm, especially to vulnerable victims and children. I served as a response police officer and then as a neighbourhood police officer in uniform between 2010 and 2013.

I then joined CID in 2013 as a uniform investigator and for two years I was responsible for conducting volume crime investigations as a PIP Professionalising Investigation Programme) Level 1 qualified officer. I then successfully took on the role of a detective constable in 2015 in CID and later joined the Operation Emerald department where I conducted investigation of serious sexual offences.

I got promoted in 2019 to a detective sergeant role in a newly-formed protecting Vulnerable Persons Department (PVP) where I was responsible for supervising a team of detectives investigating serious and complex crimes ranging from rape to child neglect. I then took on my current role of a detective sergeant in Lincoln CID where I supervise a team of detectives and uniform police investigators who concentrate on both volume, serious and complex crimes.

During my career as a detective I have had the opportunity to investigate, supervise and manage a range of serious and complex crimes leading to successful convictions in court where dangerous offenders have been put behind bars.

It has been a journey full of hard work, challenges, interesting times, great satisfaction and above all enjoyment"

Detective Constable Gemma Skipworth (Skegness PVP)

"I became a qualified detective in April 2018 after joining Lincolnshire Police in 2013. I always knew I wanted a career being a detective, investigating the most serious and complex crimes and being able to put the offenders before the courts.

I began working in CID based on the east of the county covering the Skegness and Louth area. I managed a range of investigations including serious assaults, burglary, fraud, sexual offences and everything in between.

More recently my work for a Firearms and Chemical Weapons investigation where 150 canisters of Mustard Gas had been dumped illegally in a lake in Woodhall Spa, secured the first conviction in the country for the offence of possessing a chemical weapon.

I now work in the Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit (PVP) covering the same area. My victims are mainly children and vulnerable people and so it is not just about investigating their crimes but safeguarding them and putting measures in place to protect them in the future. I have always found my role to be emotionally and mentally challenging at times but the rewarding feeling you get when you receive a thank you for how you have spoken to someone and made their life better is probably more rewarding than the sentence at court for the offenders!”

Recruitment process

1. Application

Application for the Detective Fast Track scheme is via our normal police officer recruitment process which is now open.  Find out more and apply here.

Before you apply, check that recruitment is open and that you are eligible to apply.  The eligibility critieria is exactly the same as for normal police officer recruitment.

Your application will go through a formal papersift process.  This includes the marking of competency based answers.

2. National Assessment Centre

If successful at the application stage, you'll be invited to attend a National Assessment Centre.

This is normally held at the College of Policing assessment centre in Ryton near Coventry.  But due to the coronavirus pandemic, face-to-face SEARCH Assessment centres are suspended for the remainder of 2020, and have been replaced with online assessment exercises. Further details can be found on the College of Policing Website.

3. Detective Entry Assessment Day

You'll be invited to attend a further assessment day at Lincolnshire Police.  

The assessment day will involve a questions and answer session based on an observation exercise which will assess your investigative thought processes and attention to detail.

There will also be a competency and capability based interview.

4. Fitness test

If you pass the interview, we will invite you to a fitness test at Police Headquarters in Nettleham, Lincoln.

The test is a bleep test in a 15 metre gymnasium.  You must reach at least level 5.4. 

5. Medical and pre-employment checks

We will conduct and medical assessment comprehensive vetting checks and request references as per the police officer recruitment process

How to apply

Application for the Detective Fast Track scheme is via our normal police officer recruitment process which is now open.  

Find out more and apply here.

Closing date for applications is 6 December 2020.

Valuing diversity in our recruitment

We value people from all backgrounds and we are working hard to improve the diversity of our workforce.

As an organisation we embrace difference and going forward we hope to have a workforce that is truly representative of the communities we serve.  Our ambition is to match the make-up of our county by having a workforce of which 2.4% are from a BAME background and that accurately represents all other ethnicities, genders, faiths and sexualities.

Find out how we are trying to achieve this.



Detective Fast Track scheme

Supt Jon McAdam, DS Jesee Karanga and DC Gemma Skipworth on what it's like to be a detective in Lincolnshire Police

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