Candidates are selected to the role of trainee investigator with a view to becoming PIP 2 (Professionalising Investigation Programme) certified investigators who have the potential to achieve the required occupational competence.

Whether candidates do the National Investigators Exam (NIE)  prior to becoming an trainee investigator is a matter of force policy.

There are now a variety of ways in which forces and agencies can recruit and train PIP 2 Investigators.

For more information on these entry routes download this diagram. Contact a recruiting force or agency for more information on which options they offer.

A PIP 2 investigator may subsequently go on to work in a variety of roles, including Crime Investigation Departments (CID), public protection or other specialist roles. The learning may also provide a foundation to more specialist learning and development programmes.

Find out more about the role of Investigator – Serious and complex (PIP2).

This programme is licensed to forces and law enforcement agencies for local delivery and usually requires the student to be employed as a police officer or police staff/civilian investigator by the relevant organisation.

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