Becoming a Police Officer

Police Officer Recruitment now open!

We are open for expressions of interest to become a Police Officer

Please submit all expressions of interest here.

Here at Dorset Police we are passionate about providing the best possible policing service to the communities we work in. It is a challenging career that demands a high level of personal integrity and responsibility. However, working as a Police Constable is an interesting and rewarding role that once you have completed your first class training will reward you with an extraordinary job that is unlike any other. 

We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds and encourage anyone who has considered a career in policing to submit an application form. We are particularly keen to increase the number of women officers and officers from black and minority ethnic communities and candidates from the LGBT community to ensure our workforce represents the communities we serve.

 

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Becoming a Police Officer

Do you already have a degree or will you have obtained one in the next 6 months? If so, you can join us through the degree holder entry programme (DHEP). As this is a part of the Degree Holder Entry Programme, you must also hold a full degree level qualification. This is equivalent to a level 6 qualification.

As a new police officer you’ll follow a two year training plan, learning on the job from experienced colleagues. This will be supported by training from our in-house team. After 37 weeks you’ll reach independent patrol status and when you finish your training you’ll have earned a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice. 

It doesn’t matter what subject your degree is in. The important thing is that by earning one you’ve already demonstrated the ability to research, evaluate and present evidence.

Your starting salary will be £24,177 it will then increase yearly on the anniversary of your start date and by pay awards. Within seven years of joining the salary will be £40,128.

 

As a new police officer you’ll follow a three year training plan, learning on the job from experienced colleagues. This will be supported by training from our in-house team. After 37 weeks you’ll reach independent patrol status and when you finish your training you’ll have earned a graduate degree in Professional Policing Practice.

Your starting salary will be £18,500 and completion of the initial training (at approx. 37 weeks) will rise to £24,177. Your salary will then increase yearly on the anniversary of your completion of training and by pay awards. Within seven years of joining the salary will be £40,128.