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Come to Wiltshire.

Everything you are looking for and more 

Small is beautiful. One of the smallest, and oldest, county police forces in the country, we pride ourselves on looking after our people. Our wellness culture is central to everything we do and our passion is to deliver outstanding service to the public.

Wiltshire is an attractive large county, from the sweeping Salisbury Plain, to the big vibrant communities of Swindon, Trowbridge, Chippenham and Melksham and picturesque market towns and villages in between. 

It's a wonderful place to live and work.

If you're looking for a smaller, family friendly force where you can achieve a good work-life balance, then look no further. 

Police Oracle Magazine interviewed D/Supt Chris Hanson and DCI Helen Jacobs - read the article here


Joining us as a Detective Constable gives you choice and flexibility. We have roles in PPD and CID and will do our best to place you in your chosen role and location.  We can offer full and part time positions too - all requests for flexible working will be considered and are dependent on the role.   

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Caseloads are varied, but manageable, so that you can focus on getting the right outcomes for victims of crime.  Investigating serious and complex crime, dealing with high profile cases and going the extra mile to help some of the most vulnerable people in our society, you'll be expert in crime investigation and enjoy working in close-knit teams where you can make a real difference.  You'll be responsible for the whole investigation process; initial report stage, planning the investigation strategy, court hearing and beyond.


  • We invest in specialist training and support continuous professional department
  • We offer career development and opportunities to specialise
  • All officers have laptops and smartphones so they can work remotely
  • We celebrate diversity in our teams and consider flexible working patterns
  • We deal with serious and complex investigations - interesting, challenging work!
  • We partner with other agencies, including MCIT, ROCU and NCA, to tackle crime.
  • We offer a unique opportunity to bring the most dangerous offenders to justice.


We're accepting applications now for experienced DCs to join us from Spring 2021. 

Head of CID Detective Superintendent Chris Hanson is very happy to talk to any prospective transferees - email him at 

DCI Helen Jacobs  and DS Phillippa Sharpley are leading our recruitment campaign and also available for an informal chat about working for Wiltshire, so do get in touch.

When you're ready to apply, please download, complete and return the application form below to our recruitment team. 


To transfer to Wiltshire Police, you will need to:

  • Transfer from a Home Office police force (including British Transport Police, Police Service of Northern Ireland and Police Scotland)
  • Have successfully completed the full IPDLP, be PIP2 qualified or hold a valid NIE pass and working towards PIP2
  • Have successfully completed your probation period and working as an accredited detective

The transfer process involves an application, interview, medical questionnaire and vetting. Once you have completed this process and accepted our offer, we will contact your existing force for information including pension, salary, service, training and unpaid leave.


We're working hard to increase diversity and inclusion here in Wiltshire to become representative of the diverse communities we serve. Whatever your background, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation, we welcome you here.  We have five active Staff Support Networks and a number of Peer Support Groups.

  • Please see our FAQs below

  • Download and complete the application form. Instructions in the Word document

  • Questions about transferring to us from another force, or the recruitment process? Please use the Contact Recruitment Online form opposite


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