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How to become a Detective in Scotland

A detective is a rewarding role in Police Scotland, investigating serious crimes across the country and bringing offenders to justice. It is a tough role and requires a high level of problem-solving to solve cases. 

What is the role of a Detective in Police Scotland? 

There are many different roles of a detective In Police Scotland, anything from sexual offences investigation to surveillance officers and counter-terrorism detectives. Here are some of the roles you will undertake;

  • Undertake complex investigations which could involve speaking to witnesses, analysing crime scenes, arresting offenders and following up on leads. 
  • Interviewing suspects and witnesses
  • Collecting evidence, submitting reports to the courts and providing evidence at court
  • Having specialist law knowledge and undertaking protracted enquiries

3-in-1 Ultimate Guide

Our 3 guides in 1 – Practice exam papers, Fitness Guide and Recruitment Guide. Everything you need for the recruitment process.

Test Practice Papers

Created alongside Strathclyde Police and the Scottish Government, with 4 Practice Papers – it’s the closest you can get to the real thing.

Recruitment Fitness Guide

Created by a leading PT in the UK. Covering the new 2023 fitness test with a complete training plan for the Fitness Test and for Police Life.

How to become a Detective in Scotland?

You have to complete the 2-year probation period before being eligible to apply for the role as a Detective. There is high competition for the role, and you will have to undergo the National Investigators exam to be eligible to become a Detective. You will generally have a year of being a trainee Detective before fully qualifying as a detective; during this year you will gather evidence of your experiences and undertake training courses.

Tom Brook

Tom Brook

I am a former Police Detective with years of knowledge and experience in investigating serious crimes across Scotland, working with communities and keeping the public safe. I aim to give back to the Policing community with this site!
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