Recruiting Now

We're accepting applications for Detective Constable Transferees.

Lead. Investigate. Protect.

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.

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.

If you have any questions about the application process, please get in touch with the Wiltshire Police Recruitment Team

[email protected]

If you are transferring as a detective:

  • You will have successfully completed the full IPDLP, be PIP2 qualified or hold a valid NIE pass and working towards PIP2
  • You will have successfully completed your probation period and be working as an accredited detective.

  • 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 working hard to increase diversity and inclusion to become representative of the diverse communities we serve. Our dedicated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team supports people from all underrepresented groups.

Whatever your background, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation, we welcome you here.

Please contact us at [email protected]

We also have five active Staff Support Networks and a number of Peer Support Groups, as well as our Staff Associations.

To be eligible to transfer to Wiltshire Police as a detective, 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.

You must:

  • be a current serving police officer in a Home Office force
  • pass the necessary vetting and occupational health checks
  • hold a full UK manual driving licence
  • have no outstanding discipline or integrity issues
  • be able to show commitment to achieving high levels of attendance
  • not be a member of the British National Party or similar organisation
  • declare any business interest
  • be able to satisfy tattoo guidelines

Please bear in mind:

  • Ministry of Defence and British Transport Police applications will be considered on a case by case basis
  • Applicants who have existing county court judgements outstanding against them or who are registered bankrupt and their bankruptcy debts have not been discharged for at least three years will not be considered for appointment.
  • Applicants with individual voluntary agreements (IVA) will be looked at on an individual basis.

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.

Specialist roles

In order to apply for any specialist role you must be accredited as described, with your skills valid and current, for example, Armed Response Officers within the Tri Force Specialist Operations Collaboration. When these roles are advertised you will need to provide, as directed, specialist operational skills and resources to any occurrence requiring firearms support for the Tri Force geographical area.

In particular, successful applicants will deploy to any spontaneous firearms incident, planned firearms operation or other significant incident or event anywhere within the Tri Force area.

This includes routine patrols of the Fast Road Network and crewing of armed response vehicles while also being responsible for the security and safe keeping of the vehicle and its equipment.  

We're accepting applications now for experienced DCs.

Any questions about transferring to us or the recruitment process?

For an informal chat and to find out more about working for Wiltshire contact:

Or you can use the Contact Recruitment Online form.

When you are ready to apply, please download and complete the application form and return it to [email protected]

Once you have submitted the application form, you will not need to supply any supporting documentation or divulge your proposed transfer to your force until after your successful interview.

The Process

It takes around four to six months from when we receive your application.  However, this is subject to organisational requirement, satisfactory vetting, occupational health clearance and the date of planned intakes.

  1. Your application will be paper-sifted to ensure you are eligible
  2. You will be invited to attend a values-based interview.
  3. If your interview is successful, we will start vetting and medical checks
  4. You will also need to attend a medical appointment which will be arranged with our Occupational Health Unit
  5. We will then contact your line manager and your current Force's HR department for a reference confirming your service dates, vetting and PSD checks and salary details
  6. Following vetting and medical clearances you will be posted onto the next available intake. Postings take into account both individual preferences and the resourcing needs of the organisation. While we will try to meet your preferences, we cannot guarantee this. There will be an opportunity to discuss posting preferences in detail at the interview stage of your application.
  7. After starting you will attend a 1 week induction course.


These are determined taking into account both individual preferences and the resourcing needs of the organisation. Whilst every effort will be made to meet individual preferences this, regrettably, cannot always be guaranteed. There will be an opportunity to discuss posting preferences in detail at the interview stage of your application.

All postings will require the individual to serve at least two years in that role unless organisational demands dictate otherwise or officers are successful with a promotion application.

There are several things that may delay the process

  • Failure to complete all parts of the application or to include copies of all the documents when we ask for them.
  • The vetting process can take time. Full and timely completion of all application or correspondence from Wiltshire Police will assist us.
  • If you have an outstanding complaint or vetting issue.
  • A medical query being raised by the occupational health doctor which may need reference to your doctor or specialist or if your current force is slow to provide your medical health notes. It is important that you understand any potential consequences to ill-health benefits arising from moving between forces following the changes to the Police Pension Scheme 2015. You should contact your pensions administrator in the first instance for further information.

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