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Vacancy Information

Make a difference to your community. Submit your expression of interest today for the Degree Holder Entry Programme entry route and we will contact you when recruitment opens.

Please be advised this is not an application for the role

The Role

Careers don’t come more rewarding than this. Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help. A Police Officer’s role is demanding and diverse – no two days are the same.

We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who’ll have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.

In return, we promise a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others. You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm

Key Responsibilities

The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is aimed at degree-holders who have attained a degree in any subject area and will be launching in 2020.

A two-year training programme, you will be employed as an officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards a Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. Study will be a mix of on and off the job and you will be awarded your Graduate Diploma at the end of the two year programme and with completion of your probation period. You will be paid a full salary of £24,780 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance and will not be charged any tuition fees.

Skills & Experience

To apply for the DHEP, you will need to:

• be aged 17 years or over (18 by appointment)
• have successfully completed, and be able to evidence, a UK undergraduate honours degree (360 credits) in any subject. Applicants with non – UK degrees can be considered if their degree is recognised as equivalent by UK NARIC but will need to provide evidence of an acceptable English language qualification if their degree was not taught and assessed in English.
• have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period
• have a current full UK manual driving license by the time of appointment
• not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) plus other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front
• not have tattoos which could cause offence

Please see the attached Guide to Becoming a Police Officer for more information

Contact Details

If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process, please read our attached guide.

For any further queries please contact

Diversity Statement

At Sussex Police we’re committed to diversity in the workforce. We welcome applications from everyone in the community and particularly people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and white other backgrounds.
We also encourage applications from women, the LGBT community and people with disabilities.

As part of this commitment, we provide a mentoring scheme for BAME candidates.

To find out more please email