Vacancy Information

Are you in your last year or have you completed your Professional Policing degree?

Do you want to make a difference to the people and communities within Sussex?

Apply now for our new entry route, specifically for those with Professional Policing degrees, and join our policing family, dedicated to protecting our communities, catching criminals and delivering an outstanding service to the public. 



About the Role

This is an exciting new entry route to become a Police Officer for those that have completed their degree in Professional Policing or will complete their degree by June 2023.  Successful applicants will will undergo a two-year training programme starting with a 9 week initial foundation training period, based at Headquarters, Lewes. You will be paid a full salary of £28,682 per annum which includes £2,000 south east allowance. 

Following your foundation training, you will then be posted to a Dedicated Coaching Unit for 19 weeks before being posted to your division, completing your shifts with local response teams where you will work towards achieving independent patrol status and later, work towards achieving occupational competency within the two year programme. As your Professional Policing degree follows the Police Constable national curriculum your training will be shorter 'on-the-job' training compared to our alternative entry routes. 

If you do not have this specific degree and looking at joining as an Officer, the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship or Degree Holder Entry Programme maybe for you. You can find out more on our careers site here:

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the role, you will need to:

  • Have successfully completed or are in the final year of study for a degree in Professional Policing from a approved College of Policing University. You will be required to evidence your degree on your application. The list of approved Universities can be found here: Approved Universities
  • Be aged 17 years or over (on the day you submit your application).
  • 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 six or more penalty points on your driving licence.
  • Not have served a prison sentence.


This recruitment campaign is expected to fill intakes from September 2023.

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

Online Tests – 12th September 2022 - 19th September

National Assessment Centres – 14th October 2022 - 21st October 2022

Values Based Conversations - FromNovember 2022


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.