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North east England

North west England

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Devon and Cornwall Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
Devon and Cornwall Police

Dorset Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
Dorset Police

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Hampshire Constabulary

Recruitment routes available:

  • Rejoiner
Hampshire Constabulary

Gloucestershire Constabulary

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Wiltshire Police

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Wiltshire Police

West Midlands Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Degree Holder
  • Detective Entry
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
West Midlands Police

Warwickshire Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Detective Entry
Warwickshire Police

West Mercia Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
West Mercia Police

Staffordshire Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Degree Holder
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
Staffordshire Police

Northamptonshire Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Rejoiner
  • Traditional (IPLDP)
  • Degree Holder
Northamptonshire Police

Nottinghamshire Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Traditional (IPLDP)
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
  • Degree Holder
Nottinghamshire Police

Leicestershire Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
  • Degree Holder
Leicestershire Police

Derbyshire Constabulary

Recruitment routes available:

  • Traditional (IPLDP)
Derbyshire Constabulary

Lincolnshire Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Traditional (IPLDP)
Lincolnshire Police

Bedfordshire Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Traditional (IPLDP)
  • Detective Entry
  • Rejoiner
Bedfordshire Police

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Recruitment routes available:

  • Traditional (IPLDP)
  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
  • Detective Entry
Hertfordshire Constabulary

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Recruitment routes available:

  • Rejoiner
  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Detective Entry
  • Traditional (IPLDP)
Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Suffolk Constabulary

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
Suffolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
Norfolk Constabulary

Sussex Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Rejoiner
  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Detective Entry
Sussex Police

Surrey Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Rejoiner
  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Detective Entry
Surrey Police

Kent Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
Kent Police

Essex Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
Essex Police

Thames Valley Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
  • Traditional (IPLDP)
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
Thames Valley Police

Cheshire Constabulary

Recruitment routes available:

  • Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
Cheshire Constabulary

Merseyside Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
Merseyside Police

Greater Manchester Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
Greater Manchester Police

Cumbria Constabulary

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Detective Entry
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
  • Traditional (IPLDP)
Cumbria Constabulary

Lancashire Constabulary

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Lancashire Constabulary

Northumbria Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Detective Entry
  • Rejoiner
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
Northumbria Police

Cleveland Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Traditional (IPLDP)
  • Apprenticeship
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
Cleveland Police

Durham Constabulary

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Durham Constabulary

West Yorkshire Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Rejoiner
West Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Rejoiner
  • Apprenticeship
North Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Rejoiner
  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Traditional (IPLDP)
South Yorkshire Police

Humberside Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Traditional (IPLDP)
Humberside Police

Gwent Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Detective Entry
  • Rejoiner
Gwent Police

Dyfed-Powys Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
Dyfed-Powys Police

South Wales Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Detective Entry
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
South Wales Police

North Wales Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
North Wales Police

Metropolitan Police Service

Recruitment routes available:

  • Traditional (IPLDP)
  • Apprenticeship
  • Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
Metropolitan Police Service

Upcoming Event

7 July 2022 - 10 July 2022
12:00 - 17:00

City of London Police

Recruitment routes available:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Traditional (IPLDP)
  • Degree Holder
  • Rejoiner
  • Detective Entry
  • Professional Policing Degree Holder
City of London Police
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A team of four Metropolitan Police officers standing on their recruitment stand inside a shopping centre.
Metropolitan Police Service
07/07/22 - 10/07/22
12:00 - 17:00
Ealing Broadway Tube/Railway Station, W5 2NU

#BeTheChangeUWant2C - Ealing

The Met's Outreach Teams are working to increase the number of female officers and police officers from Black, Asian and Multiple ethnic heritage communities to make the Met representative of the communities of London. Come and speak to our Outreach team at Ealing Broadway to find out more about our new pathways to join the Met Police.

A male officer and a female officer standing in front of a Metropolitan Police stand in a shopping centre.
Metropolitan Police Service
07/07/22 - 08/07/22
12:00 - 16:00
Lewisham Market, SE3

#BeTheChangeUWant2C - Lewisham

The Met's Outreach Teams are working to increase the number of female officers and police officers from Black, Asian and Multiple ethnic heritage communities to make the Met representative of the communities of London. Come and speak to our Outreach team at Lewisham Market to find out more about our new pathways to join the Met Police.

A team of Metropolitan Police officers standing on their recruitment stand inside a shopping centre.
Metropolitan Police Service
14/07/22 - 15/07/22
10:00 - 16:00
Brent Cross Shopping Centre, NW4 3FP

#BeTheChangeUWant2C - Brent Cross

The Met's Outreach Teams are working to increase the number of female officers and police officers from Black, Asian and Multiple ethnic heritage communities to make the Met representative of the communities of London. Come and speak to our Outreach team at Brent Cross Shopping Centre to find out more about our new pathways to join the Met Police.

Latest force news

City of London Police are open for recruitment and you have until 31st August 2022 to apply via either the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) entry route, Traditional (IPLDP), Trainee and Detective Constables or the Police Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP). You can find out more information about the City of London Police recruitment process and apply on the City of London Police website

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Life in the police

Being a police officer is varied and rewarding but also challenging, so there are some key qualities and skills you need to already have or be willing to develop in order to do the job well. Find out more about what’s involved in being a police officer.

Applying to the police

There are various ways to join the police, depending on your work, life and educational experience, and the application process involves a number of stages. Find out more about the application process. 

Your questions answered

It's natural to have questions if you're thinking of becoming a police officer. For example: 

Do I need a driving licence?

Whether this is essential or desirable will vary by force. Check with the force(s) you are applying to if you don’t currently hold a licence.

Do I need a degree to join the police?

No, there is a degree holder entry route but in most cases, you’ll need a minimum Level 3 qualification such as an A-Level or equivalent. This varies between different forces. The police force you apply to will clearly set out the specific criteria you need to meet on their website.

Will I have to work shifts and weekends?

Yes, there will likely be times when you’re needed for shifts working evenings and/or weekends. Speak to your chosen force(s) if you have a restriction (for example, caring duties) that might prevent you from undertaking particular shifts, as they may be able to discuss alternative options with you.

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At first my parents didn't want me to join the police. Now, they're really proud of me.

View the full video transcript

Sunny: 
If we want to make progress, if we want to represent our community, we have to be in there.

We have to be in a position where we can allow organisations to understand us.

My name is Sundeep Kaur Cheema. I am a custody sergeant for West Midlands Police. 

I am a Sikh, and one of the fundamental principles is serving others. As a Sikh officer, I just feel that complements my role because those values and my morals and the morals that have been instilled within me over the years, through grandparents as well, but particularly faith is just a complementary feature to policing. 

One of they key reasons why I wanted to join policing is because I hadn’t seen any other Asian officers. There’s nobody that I felt was representing our community. My cousin who is also a sergeant with West Mids, he was already a police officer, so I’d spoken to him and he inspired me to join. 

As a custody sergeant, my main responsibility is looking after the welfare and needs of any detained person that comes into custody. 

I’ve grown up within a store, so my parents are independent retailer. I’ve spent all my life, my childhood, within the business environment, serving the community. You know I know no different. So again, when it comes to policing this is quite a natural transition for me. 

There was a reluctance from my parents. They did not want me to join policing. Mainly because they thought I was too short. Traditionally, it was going to go down the route of a very known career like medicine, or research or something similar. They wanted me to carry on studying within medicine, finish my degree. But also they understood the fact that I wanted to do something where I can still help others. And this is an ideal way of applying that. So within time, I think it was just: ‘let’s see how she gets on’. You know, 19 years later, they see what progress is being made and has been made. 

Sonia: 

I’m Sonia. I’ve been friends with Sundeep for over 20 years now.

When Sundeep told me she wanted to be a police officer, I conspired with her dad and we sat down and wrote a long list of reasons why she shouldn’t join the police force, together with another list of other career choices she could pursue. I’m so glad she didn’t listen to us because we are so proud of her.

Sunny:
Anybody that has any reservations about joining the police – you can be who you are, and do it with pride and not compromise yourself. 

Organisations are open, our chiefs are open and they want to learn. You know, they want the organisations to be something where we are attracting people from all diverse backgrounds. But in order to attract them, we need to understand them. So the staff and the officers for example, that are within it are the ideal people to share. 

When you’ve got a police service or an association that’s endorsing the work – the good work – that’s being done out there, you are lifting your community, aren’t you? You’re lifting yourself. 

As a woman, knowing that I could potentially inspire the next generation of youngsters, or even adults as well, that want to join the career, that makes me feel satisfied.

So what I would say to someone that is thinking about joining is: ‘do it.’ Come and join us. Be part of that change. Help us. Lets help our community rise in the way that we can. 

When Sunny told her parents she wanted to join the police, they were initially reluctant, wanting her to carry on studying medicine. She helped them understand she wanted a career where she could really make a difference. 19 years later, they couldn't be more proud of how she's progressed in her career.

It can be difficult if your friends and family aren't 100% supportive of your chosen career path so it's important to share with them why joining the police will be good for you and also the communities you'll serve. 

Why policing is a great career
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