We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures and experiences and you don’t need a degree to join. That’s why there are various ways to join the police.

Want to find your best entry route?

Take our quick Entry Route Check to see which options are best for you. You can also explore each entry route in more detail below.

Explore all entry route options

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

The three-year Apprenticeship lets you earn while you learn.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP)

Two-year entry programmes that don’t require you to study for a degree during probation. 


Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

The two-year work-based DHEP route sees you end up with a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

Degree Holder Entry Programme

Detective Degree Holder Entry Programme

The two-year work-based Detective Degree Holder Entry Programme is biased towards investigation. 

Detective Degree Holder Entry

Professional Policing Degree Holder

Some forces offer a dedicated entry programme for graduates with the Degree in Professional Policing. 

Professional Policing Degree Holder

Police Now Graduate Programmes

Police Now offers two-year entry routes specifically for graduates, including a National Detective programme. 

Police Now Graduate Programmes

Are you a former officer?

You can rejoin at your existing rank or potentially at a higher rank based on experience you’ve gained outside policing.

More about rejoining

Are you a Special Constable/Volunteer?

Some forces have dedicated entry programmes for people who already volunteer. Your commitment and experience will be valued.

More on joining as a paid officer

Want to volunteer as a Special Constable?

You don’t always need to join straight into paid roles. You can volunteer as a Special Constable, where you’ll undertake the same training as a regular paid Police Constable, while committing to a minimum of four hours a week. Contact your local force about volunteering.

Positive action

Positive action initiatives support people from under-represented groups to apply. Check out your chosen force’s website to see what positive action initiatives they’re running.

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Forces across England and Wales are recruiting right now.

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