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The Role

Protecting our communities, catching criminals and delivering an outstanding service to victims, witnesses and the public. A Police Officer’s role is demanding and diverse – no two days are the same. A three-year apprenticeship programme, you will be employed as an officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. Study will be a mix of on and off the job and you will be awarded your degree at the end of the three year programme and with completion of your probation period.

You will be paid a full time salary of £22,902 which includes £1,500 South East Allowance and will not be charged any tuition fees – therefore no need for student loans.

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 and the resilience to serve the community every single day. In return, we offer you 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 protecting our communities and identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.



Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the role of Police Officer you will need to:

  • be aged 17 years or over on the day you submit your application. You must be 18 years or over to start in post.
  • have lived in the UK for 3 continuous years immediately prior to application.
  • have leave to enter, or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period.
  • have a current full UK manual driving licence, by the time of appointment.
  • not be a member (current or previous) of the British National Party (BNP) or any other proscribed terrorist organisations or groups.
  • not have tattoos which cause offence.
  • not have serious motoring offences
  • not have 6 or more points on your licence.


  • Have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade A*-C/9-4 or a educational equivalent to a Level 2. You will need to provide copies of your qualifications on your application form. 
  • Have achieved one A Level grade A*-C or a equivalent Level 3 qualification that is worth a minimum of 32 UCAS points. AS Levels alone are not a suitable alternative. You can check how many points your qualification is worth on the UCAS tariff calculator. You will need to provide copies of your qualifications on your application form. 
  • Applicants without a Level 3 qualification can be considered if they are a current serving (or have left within the last 18 months, having completed 18 months' service) as a Special Constable or PCSO with Independent Patrol with any police force. Please complete the attached Level 3 eligibility form.

We will also accept current Investigating Officers, PIP Investigators, Contact Officer or Controllers who have completed 18 months service (or have left within the last 18 months, having completed 18 months' service).

Experience in other operational policing roles can be considered on a case by case basis for candidates who have served a minimum of 2 years service within the last 5 years and have exemplary references.

Applicants will also be considered as meeting the Level 3 qualification requirements, who have served for minimum of 2 years within the last 5 years  in the armed forces or similar law enforcement agencies and have exemplary references.

Application Process

Please make sure you are available for dates within all stages of the recruitment process as alternatives may not be accommodated. Dates are subject to change.

Stage 1: Application Form and Eligibility Checks

Stage 2: Online test - 8th June 2021 - 15th June 2021

Stage 3: National Assessment Centre - 6th July 2021 - 13th July 2021

Stage 4: In House Competency Based Interview – From September 2021

Stage 5:  Pre-employment checks consisting of vetting, medical, biometric vetting and substance misuse testing and fitness testing. 

We anticipate starting dates will be from March 2022 on-wards. Please note that we cannot guarantee any specific start date

Please note that during the first 12 weeks of training you will not be able to take any annual leave.

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Diversity Statement

Sussex Police have a strong commitment to promoting equality, diversity and being an inclusive employer, with an aim of employing a workforce that represents and reflects the all of the diverse communities it serves.. We have worked really hard to create a safe, open and inclusive culture. We have a range of staff networking groups to provide specific support and advice and we are proud to be members of Stonewall and Disability Confident, and to be aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities so, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status or religious beliefs. We actively encourage individuals from under- represented groups to apply. To find out more visit our inclusion page.