The Met Are Looking For Trainee Detectives, And You're Probably Qualified

New recruitment drive is targeting crime solvers with no police experience

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Are you that annoying person that guesses the end of crime dramas? Or perhaps you spoiled the ending of Making a Murderer for all your friends?

In which case this could be the career opportunity for you as the Metropolitan Police are recruiting for detectives - and you don't even need a background in forensic science (or twirling your moustache, for that matter).

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The Guardian reports that owing to a shortage of detective constables and potential of a national crisis, the Met are opening the application process to those without experience

Here's all you need:

  • You have to have lived in London for three of the last six years
  • You must have a degree and GCSE in English language grade C or above
  • You must be beween ages 18 and 57
  • You must be able to cope with physical demands of job (though don't need to be an elite athlete)
  • You must pass the national investigators' exam within 12 months of joining
  • You must complete a two-year development programme

Stephen Clayman, leading the recruitment programme commented:

"London continues to change and so do its criminals. Increasingly complex crimes such as cyber-criminality and the pressing need to protect vulnerable people mean our investigators need to develop new expertise.

"To meet these challenges and to face future threats, the Met will need to equip its officers, present and future, with the right skills and capabilities," he added. "We will need to ensure we are even more innovative in the way we recruit, and that we look and feel like the Londoners we serve."

In short, they need YOU.

Applications are being accepted from 31 May to 3 July and successful applicants will receive a basic starting salary of £22,896 plus £6,711 London allowances which later rises to £38,001 plus London allowances.

You can apply here. But first things first: buy a deerstalker.