Are you a former detective missing the thrill of an investigation? Do you miss the satisfaction of solving a crime and getting justice for victims?

Then we want to hear from you.

Apply now

Sussex Police are part of the College of Policing’s Return to Investigative Practice (RTIP); a project designed to equip those who have left policing with the necessary skills, training and confidence to return to work. There is no restriction on how long you’ve been out of policing – be it one year or 10 - and we welcome applications from all former detectives who have the desire to help keep communities safe and feeling safe, identify and protect vulnerable people and prevent and respond to harm.

There’s been no better time to re-join policing and to do so with Sussex Police. As a result of the precept increases over the past two years, you will be joining in a period in of transformation and growth. We are investing in our policing teams across Sussex, with large scale recruitment drives for police officers, PCSOs and detectives. We’re also focused on developing cutting-edge technological solutions as well as the specialist skills we need to catch the most serious criminals.

If you’re thinking about returning to policing then contact our recruitment team sussex.detective@sussex.pnn.police.uk now to arrange an informal conversation.

Being a detective in Sussex is diverse and fulfilling. With rural villages, vibrant and diverse cities, a national park, 90 miles of coastline and responsibility for the UK’s second busiest airport, you’ll find variety in the challenges faced as a detective within Sussex Police.

From investigating serious and complex crime, dealing with high profile cases and going above and beyond to help those in need, you’ll be an expert in investigating crimes; working as a team to make a real difference.

We will give you:

  • The national salary plus £1,500 South East allowance.
  • A detective payment of £850pa paid monthly (for all detectives in agreed detective posts, up to detective chief inspector rank).
  • For qualified detective constables up to detective chief inspectors (inclusive) who work in our Safeguarding Investigating Units (SIU), Police Online Investigation Team (POLIT) and Complex Abuse Unit (CAU), an additional payment of £500pa paid monthly.
  • The opportunity to select your preferred Division and location and we will take this into consideration with postings.
  • 22 days annual leave per year, rising to 30 days depending on your length of service.
  • Opportunity to progress through promotion and / or specialism.
  • A competitive benefits package and flexible and part-time working patterns to help you achieve a work-life balance.
  • Free bus travel across Sussex and discounted rail travel.


Read more about what you can expect from us as an employer.

You will join one of our Investigations or Safeguarding Investigation Units (SIU) teams.

Our Investigations teams carry out proactive investigations into complex and serious crimes across the county. These are located in Brighton, Chichester, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings and Worthing.

The SIUs sit within our Public Protection department and conduct specialist investigations which pursue those who target and exploit the most vulnerable within our society. They undertake specialist safeguarding and work with our partners to protect those who are the greatest risk. These teams are based in Brighton, Crawley, Eastbourne, Hastings and Littlehampton.

The joining process involves an application, interview and pre-employment checks including biometric vetting, substance misuse testing, medical, fitness test and vetting

If you would like to re-join please apply here.

If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact us at sussex.detective@sussex.pnn.police.uk