Police Officer

We are currently accepting applications for:
- Police officers
- Police Constable (Transferee & Rejoiners)
- Detective Constable (Transferee & Rejoiners)

Police officer recruitment - April 2019


We are looking to recruit more than 230 police officers over the next financial year to help keep our communities safe – 107 of those will be new posts.

Police officer recruiting is open again with the successful candidates starting their training in February and March 2020.

To apply you have to be between 18 and 57; have a level 3 qualification or equivalent or be a PCSO/Special constable accredited; hold a full UK/EU valid manual driving licence and not have any serious convictions or recent cautions.

Applicants will go through a five-stage selection process including an:

This is the last time this route into policing will be offered. Applications are open from 1 April until 30 April 2019.

Police Officer recruitment after April 2019

Policing Education Qualifications Framework

Following the recruitment period in April, there will be three new entry routes into the police service, thanks to the establishment of a new, professional framework for the training of police officers called the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF):

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is a three year degree apprenticeship degree delivered by De Montfort University and Leicestershire Police. It enables driven and talented people to get a degree in policing while working and earning a full time salary (starting at £18,000). At the end of the course you will become a student officer with a three year probationary period. To apply you have to be:

Applications for this will open in late in the autumn with successful candidates starting in October 2020.

Degree holder programme

If you have a degree in any subject you can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the job learning. This route normally takes two years and the learning you have undergone is recognised with a graduate diploma in professional policing when you complete your probation.

As this route will be launched in 2020, the final details around the course are still being confirmed.

Pre-join degree

If you want to study first, you can do a three year degree in professional policing at a participating university at your own expense and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme. Becoming a Special Constable is part of this route.

In the first year, you would apply to become a special constable with the force, and if successful, would volunteer in this role for the duration of your degree. In the third year, you would apply to be a police constable through the standard recruitment process.

It will be a three year degree course. If successful, students would become police constables in the June/July of their third year, and as they would have gained independent patrol status as special constables, can be deployed straight to division with no further training required.

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