In 2016, HMICFRS asserted in their ‘PEEL assessment’ publication that the shortage of detectives within policing is a ‘national crisis’. The aim of this study is to examine whether the recruitment, retention and turnover of detectives within participating police forces is a ‘crisis’. If so, this study will seek to explore the reasons, it’s impact and possible solutions. Objective 1: To establish if there is a current shortage of detectives. Objective 2: To identify which detective roles reflect the greatest shortage.
This will be achieved by analysing HR data and outlining recruitment and retention trends for detectives within participating forces
Comparison of establishment against actual ‘detectives’ in post (general and role specific)
Vacancy application rates for detective posts (how many people apply for a vacancy)
Turnover of detectives
Exit interview data.
Objective 3: To understand the local strategies for the recruitment, and retention of detectives.
Qualitative interview with recruitment expert(s) from participating forces
Qualitative interview with Detective Manager from participating forces
Objective 4: To understand the current detective shortage and principal determinants of the shortage.
Exit interview data from detectives who have left role during the last 2 years
Primary data capture (Focus Groups, Interviews and Survey)
Objective 5: To recommend measures that should/could be taken to address the shortfall in detective numbers.
Primary data capture (Focus Groups, Interviews and Survey).
Phase One: analysis of secondary data provided by Management Information experts.
Qualitative interview with recruitment expert(s) from participating forces.
Qualitative interview with Detective Manager(s) from participating forces.
Focus groups (participating forces) involving:
1. Experienced detectives (DC, Sgt, Inspector x8 participants). 2. New Detectives (either within 12m service or Detective Fast Track scheme x8 participants). 3. Experienced uniformed officers (PC, Sgt, Insp / Response / NHP x8 participants). 4. Student uniformed officers (training school x8 participants).
National survey directed at police officers (detectives and uniformed officers all ranks).