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Did you know you don’t have to be a Police Officer to do this role?

Our Crime Investigators are Police Staff whose role is to play a vital part in keeping our communities safe.

A diverse and rewarding role, you will be responsible for investigating crimes such as assault, fraud and vehicle crime as well as cases which involve the protection of vulnerable people.

In return we provide a good starting salary, excellent training and development opportunities with the chance to take the National Investigators Examination (NIE) and obtain Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP) accreditation. These provide the opportunity for career progression to investigate more serious and complex crime.

More about the role

As a Crime Investigator, each day will be different and you will never know what you could be dealing with when you start work. Your shift could include:

  • Interviewing a suspect
  • Gathering or reviewing evidence
  • Taking witness statements
  • Collecting items for forensic examination
  • Creating files for court.
  • Liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service and other partner agencies.


You will gain trust from victims and witnesses and will be responsible for keeping them updated throughout the investigation. A highly rewarding role, this is your opportunity to make a difference in our communities.

Have you got what it takes?

We are looking for team players with proven initiative and problem-solving skills. Confident in difficult and unexpected circumstances, you will need to have the skills to deal with challenging situations involving vulnerable adults and children. 

You will need to have excellent verbal and written communication skills and must be committed to treating people fairly, honest and trustworthy, and always act with integrity.

Using your initiative to investigate crimes, you will be responsible for working out a plan of action and making decisions about how to deal with cases. You must be able to work under pressure, solve problems and prioritise your workload.

Career pathway

When you join Sussex Police as a Crime Investigator there are wide ranging opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge and progress your career with the Police no matter what stage you are at.

As a PIP 1 Crime Investigator we will support you in achieving your PIP 1 accreditation and in taking the National Investigators Examination (NIE). Once you have passed your NIE you will be able to apply for PIP 2 Crime Investigator roles where you will take on more complex and serious cases.

As a PIP 2 Crime Investigator we provide ongoing, continuous training to support your development and help you attain your PIP 2 accreditation. Following this there is the opportunity to progress to a PIP 2 Supervisor and oversee a team of Crime Investigators and Police Officers.

What we offer you

  • A salary starting from £21,507 for PIP 1 Crime Investigators and £27,339 for PIP 2 Crime Investigators plus enhancements to reflect shift and weekend working where applicable.
  • A one off payment of £500 when you pass the National Investigators Exam (NIE) and a further £500 upon being signed off as a competent PIP 2 Crime Investigator.
  • Excellent ongoing training, continuous development and progression opportunities.
  • A minimum of 24 days holiday a year (increasing to 29 days after five years’ service) and access to many additional benefits. See our 'why work for us' page for more details. 
  • Opportunities to develop your career and progress within the force.

Training

For PIP 1 Crime Investigators you will undertake an initial 6 week Investigating Officer course that covers the skills and knowledge required to fulfil your role.

Following this you will complete attachments across different teams receiving on the job training and building your portfolio of evidence required to obtain your PIP 1 accreditation. 

For PIP 2 Crime Investigators you will receive continuous on the job training based upon your training needs.

Are you eligible?

To apply for the role of Crime Investigator, you will need to:

  • Be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application)
  • Have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application
  • Have achieved a standard of education equivalent to GCSE level C (or 4-9) in English and Mathematics
  • Have a full manual driving licence by the time of appointment.
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or similar organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • No more than six penalty points on your driving licence and / or two or more motoring offences within three years prior to the application date.


For PIP 2 Crime Investigator roles an essential requirement is to have a pass in the National Investigators Exam (NIE) or Grandparent rights as well as the commitment to obtain the PIP 2 qualification within 18 months of appointment.

How do I apply?

For PIP 1 Crime Investigators the recruitment process involves the following stages:

  • Online Application Form
  • Online Tests – Verbal Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning
  • Shortlisting
  • Interview
  • Pre-Employment Checks – Medical Questionnaire and Vetting Checks.

Once you pass all the above stages we will discuss your availability and you will be offered a place on the next available training course.

For PIP 2 Crime Investigators the recruitment process involves the following stages:

  • Online Application Form
  • Shortlisting
  • Interview
  • Pre-Employment Checks – Medical Questionnaire and Vetting Checks.


Once you pass all the above stages we will discuss your availability for your potential start date.