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You get a real sense that you’re making a difference to the lives of people in Derbyshire

Detective staff investigators

Detective staff investigators work across the organisation in a variety of departments. They work in areas that investigate serious and complex crime and are trained to PIP2 which is the same level as a detective constable.

As a detective staff investigator, you will be deployed across the organisation and cover a variety of roles within various teams such as Public Protection, BCU based CID, Operations Division, Crime Support, Organisational Learning, Culture and Ethics or East Midlands Special Operating Unit (EMSOU).

The role is vast and the opportunities to investigate are endless, you could be dealing with robbery one day only to be confronted with a potential murder the next.

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Is this role for you?

The role of detective staff investigator is relatively new to Derbyshire Constabulary. It allows individuals to work through a challenging and rewarding development programme while at the same time being able to deal with serious criminality. It’s a unique position to hold and covers a variety of different specialities. No two days are the same and you’ll get a real sense that you’re making a difference to the lives of people that live in Derbyshire.

The work could see you investigate attempted murders, fatal road collisions or human trafficking. A number of detective staff investigators recently investigated the trafficking of females from Hungary into the country for the purposes of sexual exploitation. The offenders in this case have been sentenced to between three and five years' of imprisonment and a number of victims safeguarded as a result of the investigative work carried out.

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What do you need?

All applicants must be a UK Citizen, EU Citizen with EU Settled or Pre-Settled status, a Commonwealth Citizen or Foreign National with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom. Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have lived here for the three years immediately preceding your application.


You must hold a role relevant degree such as Criminology, Law, Social work or related subjects or a recognised investigative qualification achieved through practical application.


You must declare any previous spent and unspent convictions and have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance.

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Investing in your development

Join us as a detective staff investigator and you’ll receive bespoke training that will give you the skills you need to investigate volume and priority crime. Following this, you’ll embark on the same pathway as trainee detectives and attend a variety of courses. You’ll also need to pass a National Investigators examination.

Put simply we’ll support, develop and invest in you in order to help you reach your full potential.

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What we can offer you



The starting salary is £26,958 (pay point 25) and progression beyond this will be dependent on achieving accreditation in the investigation of volume crime (Professionalising the Investigative Process (PiP) level 1). Progression beyond pay point 27 (£28,530) is dependent on achieving accreditation in the investigation of serious and complex crime (Professionalising the Investigative Process (PiP) level 2). If you are not accredited, you will be appointed at the bottom of the grade.



All police officers and staff are able to join one of our pension schemes - and we’d highly recommend doing it. As a police officer you'll have the option to retire at 60.

As a member of our police staff, you can join the Local Government Pension Scheme. It’s one of the largest public sector pension schemes in the UK, with 4.6 million members.

You can also join a recognised national scheme provided by our chosen administrator. Both of these schemes offer final salary, plus other benefits such as life cover or ill health benefits.


Funded learning

Funded learning

We are offering new funded learning entry routes into policing:

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

The Police Constable and Detective Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

Whichever route you choose, you'll be employed as an officer from day one, and spend time training with experienced officers on the frontline whilst also working towards a fully funded degree or graduate diploma.

Annual leave

Annual leave

We recognise the hard work and effort of all our staff by making sure they’re adequately rewarded with time off. As a police officer, you’ll receive 22 days’ holiday, rising to 30 days according to length of service. (This is in addition to public holidays).

We also provide a number of other forms of leave, including maternity, paternity and adoption leave, special leave with and without pay, carers leave, parental leave and career breaks of up to five years.

Flexible working

Flexible working

Nine-to-five isn’t for everyone. That’s why we encourage flexible working. Flexible working patterns that help you balance your working life with other commitments and interests you may have. While there’s normally a qualifying period, we’ll always look at each case individually and on its own merits.

We’ll consider all requests and try to accommodate them provided they fit in with operational demands. In short, we strive to be a flexible employer, but we expect you to be flexible too. For example, you couldn't suddenly stop and go home in the middle of a suspect interview or while taking a victim statement just because your scheduled shift has ended.

When it comes to shifts, the good news is that you'll be advised of your shift pattern a year in advance. This allows you to plan your work-life balance accordingly. It’s all part of our commitment to providing a healthy working environment and improving the quality of life of everyone who works with us.



You’ll be encouraged to join a contributory health scheme and enjoy other benefits that include free eye tests and a contribution to glasses if you drive a police vehicle or a regular computer user.

Personal support and advice

Personal support and advice

We believe in looking after our people – and their families – in every way that we can. As well as a range of comprehensive support initiatives to help with your personal welfare and that of your family, we offer occupational health and welfare counselling, from psychotherapy to financial guidance.

We also run a number of development and mentoring schemes. And, as, as a member of the Police Federation and staff associations, you can be confident that the support and representation you need, should you need it, is there for you.

Sports and social

Sports and social

Our active Derbyshire Constabulary Sports Club is a hive of social and sporting activities. Indeed, there's always something new to try. Whether you enjoy playing in a team, are keenly competitive or simply looking for some satisfying sport at your own level, you can choose between tournaments and team games in sports that range from rugby to snooker.

As a Sports Club member, you’ll enjoy full exclusive access to our fitness suites too, while 'Days Out' corporate tickets are also available, allowing access for you and your family into places such as Chatsworth, Twycross Zoo, White Post Farm, and many more.

You can join the sports club for £5 per month. Membership’s open to police officers and police staff, both serving and retired, as well as serving members of the Special Constabulary. It's easy to join, with direct payment from salary. And, membership allows you to bring your family along with you as well.

Other benefits

Other benefits

As a member of Derbyshire Constabulary there are many other benefits you can take advantage of:

The Blue Light Card. Offering a wide range of discounts offered by retailers, restaurants and other businesses to police workers.

The Cycle2Work scheme. Enabling you to loan a bike and he scheme enables you to loan a bike and equipment for commuting to and from work within a salary sacrifice scheme.

Boost. Our employee benefits scheme, which is in place to save money on everyday purchases. Get cash back, buy instant vouchers or purchase reloadable gift cards at discount prices.

Meet some of the team

Jade Stanley-Smith, Detective Staff Investigator

I completed a forensic biology degree at university and, in my second year, was accepted as an unpaid student at EMSOU, a specialist Forensic Services Unit. I enjoyed the role so much that I ended up in a permanent paid position. It enabled me to gain invaluable experience in the world of forensics.

I moved into the DSI role at Derbyshire in 2017 and have since worked in the custody investigation unit that deals with low-level offences and Operation Vigilance, which focuses on more serious crimes like robberies and burglaries. I love coming in to work. I receive a lot of mentoring and support and we have a really great group dynamic.

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The recruitment process

At the end of each stage of the recruitment process, you’ll be notified by email whether or not you’ve been successful and are therefore eligible to proceed to the next stage. You can also log in to view your application status. If you haven’t received an email, remember to check your junk mail/filter settings in case our emails are have ended up there.

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Application form

The first thing you’ll need to do is fill out an application form through our recruitment portal.

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Presentation and interview

You'll be invited to deliver a ten minute presentation, ten minute Q&A session and a force interview with our senior managers.

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Pre-employment checks

To be appointed you’ll need to complete a medical and vetting checks. We’ll also need to obtain references for the last three years.

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