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Vacancy Information

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.

The Role

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is one of the new entry route for Police Constables.

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 salary of £26,682 per annum plus £2,500 South East Allowance and will not be charged any tuition fees – therefore no need for student loans.


Key Responsibilities

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.
  • Meet the below qualification criteria


Skills & Experience

To be eligible you will need to:

  • 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 equivalent Level 3 AND one A level grade A*-E or AS level in a different subject, or equivilent Level 3. You must have a minimum of 48 UCAS points when both qualifications are combined. 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 in their final year of studying towards a Level 3 qualification can apply using predicted grades. You will need to supply proof of your qualifications when you recieve your results in August.

Applicants can hold a Level 3 BTEC as long as this qualification or combination of qualifications meets the minimum 48 UCAS tariff points. The Certificate in Knowledge of Policing is accepted.

Applicants who do not meet the above Level 3 criteria and believe they have work experience equivalent to a level 3 can apply. Your work experience will be assessed against a Level 3 framework. You will be asked to complete a written experience assessment and online verbal reasoning and numerical tests. The results will then be assessed by a panel who will certify whether your previous work experience is equivalent to a Level 3 qualification.Please complete the Level 3 form attached and submit this with your application.

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 Level 3 form attached to this advert and submit this with your application.

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 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.

Contact Details

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

For any further queries please contact

If you hold a degree or are currently studying for one you will need to apply for our Degree Holder Entry Programme. Visit our website to find out more.

Additional Information

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

Stage 1: Application Form and Eligibility Checks

Stage 2: National Sift - Behavioral Style Questionnaire and Situational Judgement Test

Stage 3: National Assessment Centre - Written briefing and competency-based interview

Stage 4: Values Based Conversation

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 January 2023 onwards. Please note that we cannot guarantee any specific start date

Please note that during the first 15 weeks of training you will not be able to take any annual leave.

Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people. It's really important to us that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we know that as an organisation we'll grow from the variety of thinking, approach and skills that diversity can bring; all of which helps us to deliver a better policing service. We strive to ensure how we deliver our services, provide information and how we recruit is open and accessible to all.

We have a multiple staff support groups who help improve our understanding of minority issues and ensure they are reflected in our work. We are proud members of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Disability Confident, a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. Regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status or religious beliefs, we would love to hear from you.

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