AMATEUR sleuths are being called on to transform their passion as an armchair detective into a full-time job as part of a new scheme.

Hertfordshire Constabulary are asking people who think they have what it takes to apply for the Accelerated Detective Constable Programme.

In the first scheme of its kind to be run by Hertfordshire Constabulary, successful candidates will complete a year of intensive training and practical experience to become a police constable.

After this, trainees will complete the necessary training to obtain their qualification to enable them to become a detective.

An open evening will take place on Wednesday evening from 6.30 until 8.30pm at Police Headquarters in Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City, where curious candidates can pick up all the clues they need about the role.

Detective Superintendent Clare Smith from the Workforce Development said: “Detectives can work in a number of interesting and varied teams, from investigating prevalent local crime to more specialist investigations including protecting the vulnerable and cybercrime. “Whilst no previous policing experience is necessary to apply, it is essential that anyone applying displays the skills and attributes suited to the role, including an inquisitive mind, excellent interpersonal skills and a high degree of integrity.

“It’s a challenging job but also one which is extremely diverse and rewarding. I’d encourage anyone interested in finding out more to join us at the information evening.” Applications can be submitted from 19 October. Successful candidates will be required to begin training in May 2018.

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