Metropolitan Police is allowing Londoners to join the force directly as a detective constable - a first for UK policing.

But there's a catch - to be eligible for the role, applicants must have lived in London for three years, and hold a degree qualification.

The exciting opportunity means successful candidates will work in investigative policing immediately after initial training.

And the trainee detective constable salary starts at £22,896 plus £6,711 London allowances, rising to £38,001 plus London allowances.

Prospective detectives need a great eye for detail, be able to manage lots of information, be good logical decision makers and critical thinkers - hence why the Met Police is asking for a degree holder.

The Met hopes to attract "talented applicants from a range of backgrounds who can bring diversity, skills, knowledge and a wide variety of experiences" to the organisation.

The new recruitment process is a first in UK policing

Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, lead for the detective recruitment programme, said: "London continues to change and so do its criminals.

"Increasing 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.

"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."

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In launching the detective recruitment campaign, the Met hopes to attract a whole new group of applicants to a policing role, including those that may be thinking of a career change, and those who may not have been previously attracted to a uniform policing role.

'A rewarding and challenging experience'

DCS Clayman added: "Becoming a detective constable will be a rewarding and challenging experience.

"We are looking for people that will do a great job for London's communities and in return we will offer good career opportunities and variety within the Met."

Next year, all police forces in England and Wales will start to implement a new qualifications framework which will see all new officers requiring a degree or undertaking a degree level apprenticeship.

Tory Ion, a Met detective working on Lambeth Borough, said: "Whatever the crime, whatever the situation, it is my job to be there for each victim.

"I can offer real support in a time of need, guide a victim sympathetically through the investigation process and in many cases provide a sense of closure.

"I would encourage anyone looking for an interesting career, where each day is different, to apply."

The first of two recruitment opportunities will open on Wednesday, May 31, and is planned to last until Monday, July 3.

Applicants are required to:

  • Have lived in London for three of the last six years;
  • Hold a degree level qualification;
  • Pass the National Investigators Exam within 12 months of joining;
  • Complete a two-year development programme before becoming a substantive detective constable.

Further details and applications can be found on The Met Police careers website .

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