How you can join the police

We are now closed for recruitment, please see below some more information on what we offer.

We will train you to be a first class officer.

You’ll be a paid officer from day one, working alongside experienced officers. Over the course of a three year training period you’ll learn the essential skills needed to be a modern officer. Your training will be a mixture of on the job learning, classroom based study & personal research as part of the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).

By the end of your training you will be fully qualified, with a degree in Professional Policing Practice.

We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds and encourage anyone who has considered a career in policing to submit an application form. We are particularly keen to increase the number of women officers and officers from black and minority ethnic communities and candidates from the LGBT community to ensure our workforce represents the communities we serve.

What you need to do first:

Check your eligibility

Do you have Level 2 in Maths & English (C or above) and a Level 3 qualification? If not, you won’t be eligible

If your application is successful, are you free to attend an Assessment Centre on 13/14 July or 22/22 September?

Do you already have a degree? If so you’ll have to to wait for the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) to open in 2020.

There’s some more detailed guidance below on eligibility.

Please see below the recruitment timeline for the most recent recruitment campaign.

StagesOpening Date and TimeClosing Date and Time

Registration, realistic job preview, eligibility assessment

Midday Monday 11March 2019

Midday Tuesday 9 April 2019

Behaviour styles questionnaire

Midday Friday 12 April 2019

Midnight Tuesday 16 April 2019

Situational judgement test

Midday Wednesday 17 April 2019

Midnight Monday 22 April 2019

Application form sent to successful applicants by email

Tuesday 23 April 2019

Midday Wednesday 8 May 2019

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