THE search is on for wannabe detectives to help solve crimes in Cumbria.

Cumbria Police has launched a recruitment drive for detectives - and you do not need any police experience.

The force’s Detective Pathway Programme will see recruits become detectives after just two years.

The police is looking for people who ‘inquisitive, tenacious and passionate’ with a ‘keen eye for detail’ to consider a career as a detective.

A spokesman said: “Traditionally, the conventional way to become a detective was to join the force as a police constable, but as crime changes, so does our recruitment process. Our Detective Pathway Programme gives you the opportunity to join our talented and professional team of detectives, carrying out crime investigations across the county.

“The two year programme is designed to equip you with all the skills and training necessary to ensure that on completion you will be a highly competent Detective Constable.”

The role is advertised with a salary of £24,780. The first year of the scheme will involve a year as a uniformed police constable.

A listing said: “As a detective, however, you will deal with more serious and complex cases from fraud and domestic abuse to county lines and serious assaults, plus many more. Once qualified and accredited there are also opportunities to specialise in a significant number of areas such as, counter terrorism, serious and organised crime and intelligence.”

Describing her role DC Sarah Penman said: “The role it is demanding, pressurised and unpredictable but no two days are the same and every day is a school day because you are constantly learning, no matter how experienced you are.”

To apply for the Detective Pathway Programme see