Please visit our current vacancies page to see the latest opportunities.

Are you a detective looking for a new opportunity?

“I transferred to Sussex Police because I wanted a better work-life balance. I have two children and I was finding the stress of travel and childcare commitments unmanageable. Since transferring I’ve not only been able to return as a full-time detective, but I am home more so it’s a win-win. Stress levels are down and I am enjoying the job again!"  
DC Ellen Jones transferred from the Metropolitan Police to the Crawley Safeguarding Investigations Unit in 2019.

We’re looking for experienced detectives to join our team and, together, help keep communities safe and feeling safe, identify and protect vulnerable people and prevent and respond to harm.

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.

There’s been no better time to join our force. 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.

Register your interest…

Sussex Police will be holding an introduction and information local event for officers expressing an interest and will shortly be circulating an invitation. To register your interest, please email sussex.detective@sussex.pnn.police.uk now to arrange an informal conversation with one of our detectives.

Current vacancies

When you join Sussex Police, you can expect a career with variety, diversity, challenges, rewards and the opportunity to progress through promotion and/or specialist roles. You’ll play a vital role in helping us achieve our policing priorities and seeking justice for victims of crime.

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.

When transferring to Sussex Police, 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.

To transfer to Sussex Police, you will need to:

  • Be serving in a Home Office force
  • Have successfully completed your probation
  • Have completed your ICIDP

The transfer process involves an application, interview, medical questionnaire and vetting. Once you have completed this process and accepted our offer, we will contact your existing force for information including pension, salary, service, training and unpaid leave.

View our current transferees opportunities. If you have any questions, please contact us at sussex.detective@sussex.pnn.police.uk

How long does the transfer process take?

It can take approximately six months from applying to appointment.

Can I apply if I'm in a disciplinary process?

If you have any ongoing complaints or disciplinary procedures, you can still apply however these must be concluded with a satisfactory outcome in order to be appointed within Sussex Police.

What will my salary be?

We use the national pay scale and will put you on the same pay scale as you are currently on. You’ll also receive £1,500 South East Allowance and additional detective payments. More information on these can be found in 'Why choose Sussex'.

What happens with my pension?

Usually your pensionable salary is directly transferable from one force to another as long as there are no gaps in your service.

If you have any further questions about the transfer process, please contact our recruitment team at recruitment@sussex.pnn.police.uk