University graduates will be
trained to become detectives in 12 weeks under new fast-tracked plans to tackle a major shortage of senior investigators.
Ministers announced a new £350,000 programme to boost detective numbers by 1,000 over the next five years, by streamlining the training period to attract recruits from a wider variety of backgrounds.
Police forces are facing a shortfall of more than 5,000 detectives and investigators, while the policing watchdog has previously warned that the dearth of trained staff amounts to a “national crisis”.
Traditionally, it takes around two years to become a detective, as uniformed officers have to pass a probation period before choosing to specialise.
While the new scheme retains the same standards, it will offer candidates the chance to become detective without working as a beat officer first.
Policing minister Nick Hurd said: “
Detectives are the fact-finders of our police service. They play an important role in bringing criminals to justice and getting to the bottom of complex crimes.
“I’m keen to get more new
detectives trained up, so I’m delighted to support this innovative Police Now programme, which will bring in new talent, train detectives in a matter of months and complement other measures that the government and police are taking to keep the public safe.”
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) warned last year that one in five detective desks were empty or filled with unqualified staff.
“Most forces have a substantial shortage in qualified
detectives and other investigators,” the report said.
“This constitutes a continuing national crisis.”
The shortage has been blamed on a growth in demand for staff in specialist areas such as counter-terrorism and difficulties retaining detectives who are tempted by the private sector.
Mounting workloads, exhaustion and stress mean that morale among detectives has hit “rock bottom”, the Police Federation has said.
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Marchers hold up banners as they gather to mark 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec.
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Brexit Secretary David Davis, right, and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox leave 10 Downing Street. Prime Minister Theresa May held an emergency Brexit cabinet meeting in an attempt to resolve tensions over the UK’s Irish border plan.
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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May welcomes Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Downing Street.
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British fashion designer and environmental campaigner, Dame Vivienne Westwood delivers an anti-fracking letter to 10 Downing Street in London.
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New images issued by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry of the kitchen in flat 16 where the fire started on June 14 last year. Seventy-one people were killed after the fire tore through the housing block in Kensington.
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Bishop of Southwark Christopher Chessun and members of the public attend a commemoration service on the first anniversary of the London Bridge terror attack. Britain held a national minute of silence on June 3, one year on from the London Bridge terror attack that killed eight people and injured dozens more.
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William Buick ridding Masar celebrates crossing the line and winning the Investec Derby race on Derby Day at Epsom Downs.
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Traffic passes anti-Brexit signs on the County Derry/Londonderry Northern Ireland and County Donegal in the Irish Republic. Northern Ireland could be given joint EU and UK status and a ‘buffer zone’ on its border with the Republic, under new plans being drawn up by David Davis, according to reports.
10/51 31 May 2018
Eleanor Crossey Malone displays an abortion pill packet after taking a pill as abortion rights campaign group ROSA, Reproductive Rights Against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity distribute abortion pills from a touring bus in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Flouting Northern Irish governmental laws which forbid the use of abortion pills the group are also protesting outside offices belonging to the main political parties in the province. Women in Northern Ireland have been prosecuted for buying abortion pills over the internet and it is illegal for a woman to have an abortion unless in special circumstances unlike the rest of the United Kingdom. The Republic of Ireland voted in favour of pro-choice last week in a referendum.
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West Midlands Police officers carrying out scene searches near to where a 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed in Wolverhampton.
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A view at Westminster Abbey from the medieval Triforium that is hosting an exhibition in London. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries, set more than 16 meters, (52 feet) above the Abbey floor in the medieval Triforium, will open to the public for the first time on June 11, displaying over 300 treasures from the Abbey’s collection which will tell the rich thousand-year history of the institution at Westminster Abbey.
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People enjoy the hot weather on Bournemouth Beach during bank holiday Monday in Dorset.
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Chris Ashton of the Barbarians scores against England at Twickenham.
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Lightning strikes over the city of London.
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Rory Mcilroy took the clubhouse lead in to round three of the BMW PGA championship at Wentworth.
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Alastair Cook batting against Pakistan during the first test match of the summer at Lord’s cricket ground, London.
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Home Secretary Sajid Javid speaking at the annual conference of the Police Federation of England and Wales at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
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Felix, two,sits next to messages and flowers left in Manchester, ahead of the Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral to mark one year since the Manchester attack.
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Marcio and Andreia Gomes, parents of Logan Gomes, arrive for a commemoration hearing at the opening of the inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster, in London.
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Brackley Town celebrate after winning The Buildbase FA Trophy Final after they beat Bromley on penalties at Wembley Stadium.
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Actress, Meghan Markle, reaches Prince Harry at the altar in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for their wedding service.
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Workers from the Covent Garden branch of TGI Fridays on a picket line outside the restaurant as they strike in a dispute over pay. Members of Unite are taking action on Friday in a row over tips and payment of the minimum wage.
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A police officer talks to a homeless man in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
25/51 16 May 2018
Wing Commander John Butcher, Commanding Officer of 617 Squadron, left, jokes with Britain’s last surviving ‘Dambuster’, Squadron Leader George “Johnny” Johnson, during an event to mark the 75th anniversary of the ‘Dambusters’ raids, at RAF Coningsby. The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight was hoping to fly one of the two remaining Avro Lancaster bombers over the Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs, but high winds prevented the aircraft from taking off. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the RAF and the 75th anniversary of the 617 Squadron Dambusters operation. The Dambuster raids, or ”peration Chastise’ was an attack on German dams on 16-17 May 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, using an innovative ‘bouncing bomb’, which skimmed on the surface of the reservoir before hitting the dam wall and exploding.
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President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks as British Prime Minister Theresa May listens during a press conference after their meeting at 10 Downing Street. Erdogan is in the UK for a three-day visit, which includes a closing lecture at the Tatlidil Forum in Oxford, an audience with The Queen and talks with Theresa May.
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The funeral cortege of Alfie Evans goes past Everton’s Goodison Park ground in Liverpool. Doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool stopped providing life-support treatment to Alfie last month after his parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, lost two rounds of fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.
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Daisy May Cooper, the winner of the Female in a Comedy award for ‘This Country’, with her Bafta.
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Thousands of union members march through central London demanding a ‘new deal’ for workers, in an event organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
30/51 11 May 2018
Jeremy Corbyn with shipbuilding apprentices at the Fairfield Ship Building Museum in Govan. During a speech a he called for navy shipbuilding contracts to stay in the UK.
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Dominick Chilcott, right, British ambassador in Turkey, hands over a letter of apology from the UK government to Libyan dissident Abdel Hakim Belhaj, at the British Consulate, in Istanbul. Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, allege they were detained in southeast Asia in 2004 and sent to Libya to be interrogated by the regime of late dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Britain acknowledged Thursday that its intelligence agents played a role in the kidnapping and torture of an opponent of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, a rare admission of wrongdoing by British spies.
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The coffin of former House of Commons speaker Lord Michael Martin, followed by his widow Mary, is carried from St Aloysius in Glasgow after his funeral. The former Labour MP died on Sunday April 29 after a short illness at the age of 72.
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Labour MP Heidi Alexander. Ms Alexander is standing down from Parliament after being confirmed as London’s deputy mayor for transport, replacing current deputy mayor Val Shawcross.
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Arsene Wenger bids farewell to Arsenal football club and the stadium he helped to build in more ways than one. It was Wenger’s final home game of after 22 years in charge. Arsenal sent him off with a 5-0 victory over Burnley.
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Manchester City celebrate with the trophy after winning the Premier League title.
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Anti-independence supporters wave Union Jack flags as thousands of demonstrators march in support of Scottish independence through the streets of Glasgow.
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Prime Minister Theresa May with her supporters during a visit to Wandsworth Town Hall, where the Conservative Party retained control of Wandsworth Council in the local elections.
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Jeremy Corbyn outside a polling station in Islington after voting in the local elections.
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A memorial to George Michael outside his house in Highgate, north London. George Michael’s family have since asked fans to remove their tributes from outside the late singer’s former homes for the sake of his neighbours.
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Leicester Morrismen during May Day celebrations at Bradgate Park in Newtown Linford, Leicestershire.
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Sajid Javid outside the Home Office in Westminster after he was appointed as the new Home Secretary.
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Celtic celebrate after winning they confirmed winning the Scottish Premiership by beating rivals Rangers 5-0 at Celtic Park.
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People release balloons outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, following the death on Saturday morning of Alfie Evans, who was being treated at the hospital. The 23-month-old died at 2.30am, parents Kate James and Thomas Evans said on Facebook. The youngster was at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment that touched hearts around the world.
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, speaks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left, and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, center, during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at NATO headquarters in Brussels. NATO held its last major meeting in its old headquarters, with talks focused on strained ties with Russia, a fresh peace effort in Afghanistan and a new training mission for Iraq.
45/51 26 April 2018
A protester wearing a mask depicting Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, flanked by two protesters wearing angry emoji masks protest outside Portcullis House in central London. Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer appeared infront of British Members of Parliament on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in the wake of allegations that information on millions of its users was misused.
46/51 25 April 2018
Members of the military work in the Maltings shopping area, close to the bench where Russian former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found critically ill seven weeks ago. The area around the bench where the couple collapsed is one of nine sites to be cleaned in an operation that is likely to take several months.
47/51 24 April 2018
A statue in honour of the first female Suffragette Millicent Fawcett is unveiled as Prime Minister Theresa May and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan look on during a ceremony in Parliament Square. The statue of womens suffrage leader Millicent Fawcett is the first monument of a woman and the first designed by a woman, Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing OBE, to take a place in parliament Square.
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Prince William arrives at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital with his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte after his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a son.
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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line to win the men’s elite race at the London Marathon 2018.
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Team England Athletes during the Commonwealth Games Team England Parade in Victoria Square, Birmingham.
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Varun Chopra of Essex during the Specsavers County Championship Division One match between Essex and Lancashire at the Chelmsford County Cricket Ground. The game is being played in the warmest April temperatures in 70 years.
Chief Constable Matt Jukes, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for
detectives, said: “The complex nature of investigations and our work to protect vulnerable people has made the role of detectives more challenging than ever.
“In order to mirror the changing nature of crime, we need to recruit and develop a diverse group of individuals, who will contribute to this vital area of policing and its future, underlining the critical nature of effective investigations to public confidence and trust.”
No start date for the scheme has been fixed, but it is not expected to go live this year.