Becoming a Police Officer

Becoming a Police Officer

We are currently open for expressions of interest ahead of our next campaign. To register your details please email PoliceOfficerRecruitment@Dorset.PNN.Police.uk

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.

To find out more about each individual route, expand the boxes below.

Becoming a Police Officer

Do you already have a degree? If so, you can join us through the degree holder entry programme (DHEP).

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 and £25,269 in year two. Within seven years of joining the salary will be £40,128.

Please see the following approximate recruitment timeline.

We are working in partnership with The University of South Wales who are licensed to deliver this qualification in the workplace. Click below for more information about the academic modules and the course handbook.

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 is £18,450 and once you have achieved independent patrol status (approx week 37 from appointment) this will rise to £24,177 and £25,269 in year three. Within seven years of joining the salary will be £40,128.

Please see the following approximate recruitment timeline.

We are working in partnership with The University of South Wales who are licensed to deliver this qualification in the workplace. Click below for more information about the academic modules and the course handbook.

This route sees a potential recruit to the police service paying for their own degree – students will need to choose the university they wish to attend which is offering this qualification. This course will be underpinned by the single National Police Curriculum. Any other courses, such as degrees in criminology, law and police science, will not be recognised under this entry route and applicants studying for such degrees will enter under the DHEP programme.

On completion of their degree in Professional Policing, potential recruits will apply to join in the same way as applicants from the other two entry routes.

For further information about this degree which is being run by the forces identified learning provider please click here: https://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses/bsc-hons-professional-policing/