Due to a high volume of applications, we have closed applications for the Police Now National Detective Programme with South Wales Police.  Please visit the applications website to register your interest for future opportunities to join us and change the story.

Police Now is working with the South Wales force to recruit talented graduates with at least two years work experience to become detectives.

If you graduated over two years ago from universities including the University of South Wales and University of Wales, and you’re looking for a rewarding and challenging career with the ability to positively impact communities across South Wales, you should apply for the Police Now National Detective Programme.

You will need to be a Welsh-speaker or be prepared to achieve Level 2 Welsh by September 2020.

We serve rural and urban communities across the historic county of Glamorgan, the City of Cardiff, as well as Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea, and the western South Wales Valleys. South Wales is the largest police force in Wales in terms of population, and the seventh largest in the UK.

The detective training programme lasts for two years, starting with a 12 week Detective Academy in September 2019. You’ll continue field training alongside qualified officers and once you successfully finish the programme and your two year probation period (which is standard for all newly joining constables to the police) you will be a Detective Constable (rather than a Trainee Detective Constable).


Graduates with at least two years work experience may apply. 


Police detectives look past the obvious, to understand what’s really going on.


Applications for 2019 are now closed. Register your interest with Police Now.


Are you emotionally aware?  Do you see things from other points of view? Can you form meaningful relationships across diverse groups of people? 

You’re a methodical and analytical problem solver. You see all the eventualities and risks.  You don’t jump to conclusions, but gather all the information before making a call.

Does this sound like you? If so, you have the potential to become a police detective.

Can I apply?

To be eligible for the detective programme, you must:

  • have achieved a 1st – 2:2 at undergraduate degree level or non-UK equivalent and a minimum of 2 years’ post graduation work experience
  • be between the ages of 20-57 on application
  • have lived in the UK for the last three years
  • have indefinite leave to remain and work in the UK
  • have received a GCSE grade C or above in English language and be fluent in the written and spoken word
  • be a Welsh-speaker or be prepared to achieve Level 2 Welsh by September 2020
  • hold a valid UK Driving Licence
  • not be looking to transfer between police forces or return to policing
  • not have already applied to our 2019 National Graduate Leadership Programme


Joining the police offers many career benefits. With an average starting salary of £20,370, the basic Detective Constable salary rises to £39,150 plus allowances in line with Home Office guidelines.

A police detective career comes with 22 days paid annual holiday, plus public holidays, rising to 30 days with length of service. The role also includes at least two rest days each week, as well as maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

The role includes automatic enrolment as a member of the Police Pension Scheme 2015 and many healthcare benefits.


Become South Wales Police Detective