Vacancy Information

Careers don't come more rewarding than this. Tacking crime, taking knives off the street, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help.

A police officers' role is demanding and diverse - no two days are the same. We are looking for people who have the judgement to make quick decisions;are confident to be the first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who 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, a 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 communities safe, and feeling safe,identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.

We recommend that you submit your application as early as possible as it may be necessary to close the recruitment window early

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the role, you will need to:

  • Have successfully completed, and be able to evidence, a UK undergraduate degree (360 credits) in any subject. Applicants with non – UK degrees can be considered if their degree is recognised as equivalent by UK ENIC but will need to provide evidence of an acceptable English language qualification if their degree was not taught and assessed in English. Applicants that are graduating in the summer of 2023 are able to apply. You will need to upload evidence of completion of university modules to date when you apply. If you don't have a bachelors degree with honours you can apply for the PCDA which is open now.
  • 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 three continuous years, immediately prior to application
  • Have leave to enter or leave to remain and work in the UK for an indefinite period.
  • Have a full UK manual driving licence (by the time of appointment).
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • Not have tattoos which could cause offence.
  • Not have 6 or more penalty points on your driving licence.
  • Not have served a prison sentence.


About the Role

By successfully completing the a recruitment process, you will be joining Sussex police as a Police Officer through the Police Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) as the new entry route for police constables. It is a 2 year development programme with both on and off the job learning. Upon successfully completing the programme, and completing probation, individuals will achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. Starting salary is £28,682 per annum (which includes £2,000 South East Allowance). You will be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards your Graduate diploma. You will also be paid a salary whilst studying and will not be charged any tuition fees - therefore no need for student loans.


The Recruitment Process

Stage 1: Application Form and Eligibility Checks

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

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

Stage 4: Competency Based Interview

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

We anticipate start dates from September 2023. Please be advised for the first 15 weeks of your training you will not be able to take any annual leave. 

Contact Us

If you have a question about any aspect of your recruitment journey, be that eligibility requirements, completing the application form, or you want to find out more about what happens after you have submitted your application, our recruitment experts can answer your questions. Email the team to book a 1:1 recruitment call now:

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.


Want to find out more before applying? Book your career conversation now with one of our recruitment specialists