Accelerated Detective Constable Programme Bedfordshire

Police Officer - Probationer
Bedfordshire Police Force
£26,682 (plus a £1500 South Eastern Allowance)

Bedfordshire Accelerated Detective Constable Programme (ADCP)

Bedfordshire Police are now accepting applications for the Accelerated Detective Constable Programme (ADCP).  Applicants are sought with a curious, inquiring mind, who think they have what it takes to be a Detective. 

You are required to complete 2 stages of application to apply for the ADCP.  These are:

  1. The attached word document which is the ADCP Technical Application Form.  This additional form must be completed and emailed to
  2. The application which you will access through the ‘apply now’ button and then you will be invited to attend The College of Policing National SIFT (this is online).

Applications submitted after the closing date will not be considered.  If you are successful at the application stage, you will be invited to commence the SIFT process referred to above.  

This is a new exciting opportunity for our Force and during the first year successful candidates will be required to complete the current intensive regular Police Officer training as well as the National Investigators Exam. Officers will then progress to receive specialist Detective training within an investigative environment. 

Following successful completion of the two-year training period, officers will be confirmed as Detectives and posted within one of our specialist investigative teams.

No policing experience is necessary to apply but it is essential that candidates applying display 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.

Starting salary is £26,682 per annum plus £1,500 location allowance.

Bedfordshire Police is committed to fairness towards all members of the community. We are looking for individuals with a range of skills and experiences from a mixture of backgrounds in order to deliver an excellent Police service. We welcome and encourage applications from all diverse groups from within our communities.

Please note, for Bedfordshire internal candidates, if you are currently a Communications Operator, Detention Officer or a PCSO you will need to have completed a minimum level of service in that role before you are able to apply.  This is to ensure Bedfordshire Police receives a return on investment on the training invested for your current role. This 12 months for PCSOs and 18 months for both Communications Operators and Detention Officers.

Members of the Special Constabulary and Police Community Volunteers are welcome to apply.

Please note that if you are applying for the Accelerated Detective Constable Programme you will be unable to submit an application for any other Police Officer role within Bedfordshire Police.  Therefore, if you are interested in the role of Police Officer, your application will need to be submitted through the Police Officer vacancy.

If you have questions please email with the subject line Bedfordshire ADCP Application Query

If you are currently at the pre-employment checks stage to become a Police Officer with Bedfordshire Police, unfortunately you are ineligible to apply on this occasion.