SYP - Detective Degree Holder Entry Programme (DDHEP) - 2023

Force Wide

Role: Detective Constable

Location: South Yorkshire

Salary: £28,551

Hours: 40 hours per week


Be the future of South Yorkshire Police

Being a detective constable is not just a job. It’s a career.

South Yorkshire Police is recruiting for the Detective Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) with a planned start date of September 2024.

We’re looking for the problem solvers, the curious and the tenacious.  People who have the desire to follow every lead, discover the truth of what happened and seek results. Emotionally resilient and compassionate, you will need to stay calm in the face of adversity and build relationships with those who may be the victim or witness of a serious and violent crime.  You will have to critically analyse the evidence, establishing the facts which will be used to obtain justice in court.  And while it’s not always like what you see on the TV, you will get to deal with interesting and challenging situations daily.

As a detective, you will hold one of the most vital roles within our community. The public face of South Yorkshire Police, you will ensure we’re fulfilling our commitment to protecting our communities, catching criminals and delivering an outstanding service to victims, witnesses and the public.  You could find yourself working in our Criminal Investigations Department (CID), dealing with crimes such as fraud, robbery and serious assaults.  Or you may join one of our Protecting Vulnerable People department (PVP), protecting the most vulnerable adults and children from abuse and exploitation.  Once accredited, you have the opportunity to work within Major Crime, investigating serious crimes such as homicides, or with our Serious Organised Crime Unit tackling high-level drug importation.  No two cases, or days, are the same as a detective.

You will manage and conduct complex investigations throughout their entire duration, from the initial crime scene to the moment the verdict arrives in court.  Typical duties include:

  • Being the point of contact for victims of crime; seeking justice for them
  • Identifying witnesses and obtaining statements
  • Interviewing suspects
  • Handling forensic evidence and dealing with its submission
  • Preparing and submitting case papers and evidential files
  • Attending court, providing evidence and awaiting the verdict
  • Liaising with partner agencies i.e., social care and health teams, schools and courts
  • Working with crime scene investigators, uniformed officers and the media, among others, to help make a difference together

 As a 24/7 service, detectives typically work 40 hours per week, in shifts incorporating early shifts, late shifts and night shifts, including weekends and bank holidays. We also recognise the benefits of flexible working and are committed to equality of opportunity and the promotion of work-life balance.  We will support opportunities for flexible working within the organisation where practical and suitable to promote a work-life balance and enable the recruitment and retention of a workforce which is representative of the diverse communities we serve.

Detective DHEP

The Detective DHEP is an intensive two-year programme of learning approached from an investigative lens.  The Detective DHEP requires student officers to complete all elements of the PC DHEP Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice plus the National Investigators Exam (NIE) and all the required additional learning to gain PIP2 accreditation preparing for an investigative career as a detective.

To be eligible for this route you will have:

  • Achieved a degree (Level 6 or above)

It would be desirable

  • To hold a degree or equivalent qualification in Criminology, Law, Social Work, Psychology or related subjects


  • Relevant policing experience with an unrelated degree or equivalent qualification


On application all applicants:

  • Must be 17 or above at the time of application, however you will need to be 18 before appointment
  • Have resided in the UK for three continuous years immediately prior to application
  • Must be either a British citizen, a citizen of the EU or other states in the EEA, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • Ideally, you will have a full manual driving licence, if you don’t have a full manual driving licence, applications will only be accepted if you already have a test booked before 1st March 2024
  • Must not have tattoos on your hands, neck, forearms or face that could be offensive. All visible tattoos will be reviewed prior to appointment
  • Must not be a current or previous member of a proscribed terrorist organisation or group

For further information, please visit our eligibility criteria & FAQ’s pages.

Joining the police force is a life choice.  There will be a lot expected of you, especially when it comes to working nights and unsociable hours, but no day is the same.  This is a career that will keep you on your toes; it is a challenge, but the reward is immense.

What we offer

  • Starting salary of £28,551, rising year on year to £46,044
  • Adjustment grant for applicants who can demonstrate a reduction in salary on starting with the force
  • Annual leave of 22 days increasing with length of service plus bank holidays
  • Access to a generous pension scheme
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Employee assistance service (accessible 24/7) covering a wide range of health, wellbeing and lifestyle issues
  • Support and advice from our Occupational Health Unit
  • Access to established staff support groups

For further information, please visit our ‘what we offer’ page.

Closing Date:

30th November 2023

Contact point for applicants:

For further information about the role, please contact the Talent Acquisition Team on  

Recruitment Timeline:

Please make sure you are available for dates within all stages of the recruitment process as alternatives may not be able to be accommodated.  Dates are subject to change

National Sift: 12th – 19th December 2023

National Assessment Centre:  16th – 23rd January 2024

Force Interview: 26th February – 15th March 2024

Familiarisation Event:

We are holding a familiarisation event at Robert Dyson House, 5 Golden Smithies Lane, Wath on Dearne, Rotherham, S63 7EF on Thursday 9th November 2023, 6pm – 8pm.

To book a place please use the link below:

South Yorkshire Police Detective Degree Holder Entry Routes - Humberside & South Yorkshire Police (

Diversity & Inclusion:

We are an organisation that welcome, support and value those from underrepresented communities.  From difference comes invaluable life experiences, ideas and ways of thinking and by encouraging individuality we are working towards serving our communities and understanding our public better.  Please visit the diversity and inclusion page to find out more: Positive Action - Join SYP - SYP (

If you are from an underrepresented group and want to find out more about the support we can offer, please contact our dedicated team on

Apply for the role:

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This opportunity is closed to applications.