National Investigators' Examination

The National Investigators’ Examination (NIE) is Phase 2 of the Professionalising Investigations Programme (PIP 2).  The NIE is designed to identify those candidates who have sufficient levels of knowledge, understanding and application of relevant law and procedure to perform effectively in the PIP 2 and as a trainee investigator. 


 
Any candidate wishing to undertake PIP 2 must sit the NIE first and must refer to the NIE Candidate Handbook 2019. This handbook contains all information that candidates will need in terms of the rules, syllabus, how to apply, details of the assessment process, and results and feedback. Any queries about the examination should be directed to your Force NIE Liason.

2019 Examination Dates:

  • 5th March 2019 (Closing date for registration is 8th January 2019)
  • 4th June 2019 (Closing date for registration is 9th April 2019)
  • 3rd September 2019 (Closing date for registration is 9th July 2019)
  • 26th November 2019 (Closing date for registration is 1st October 2019)

Please refer to the NIE Candidate Handbook 2019 for details on applying.


Blackstone’s Police Investigators’ Manual 2019

Please note there is an error on page xvii of the Blackstone’s Police Investigators’ Manual 2019. It should read: 
 
Police Investigators
All police candidates taking the NIE exam in 2019 are required to study the material contained in Parts One, Two, Three and Four of the manual only. This includes all the
PACE and Disclosure Codes of Practice extracts contained in Part One. 
 
Candidate taking the NIE only are not required to learn Parts Five and Six. 

All candidates should refer to the relevant 2019 Candidate Handbook for their specific examination syllabus.

Date issued: December 2018

Reasonable Adjustments and Accommodations

Candidates who wish to request a reasonable adjustment or accommodation for the examination should refer to the NIE Candidate Handbook 2019 and the College of Policing Selection & Assessments' Policy on Accommodations and Reasonable Adjustments. Reports to support Reasonable Adjustment requests must be submitted to the College of Policing no later than the registration closure date for each examination.
 

Further Information

If candidates have additional queries after reading the NIE Candidate Handbook 2019 they should contact their Force NIE Liason in the first instance. The Selection and Assessment Unit at the College of Policing should only be contacted if candidates are unable to contact their Force NIE Liason. The contact details for the Selection and Assessment Unit can be found within the Candidate Handbook.


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