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When you become a police officer, no two days are ever the same. You'll be involved in everything from investigating crime to patrolling your local community. Helping vulnerable people to interviewing suspects. Giving evidence in court to educating young people. That's what makes Policing such a challenging and exciting career. 

To ensure you're fully equipped to do your job safely and confidently, you'll receive world-class training. Through a Professional Policing Degree, you'll develop personally and professionally with no skills that will serve you well as your career progresses. You'll receive a mix of classroom and on-the-job training which lets you earn while you learn. 

Find out about entry requirements and routes below.

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What are we looking for?
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When recruiting Police Constables, we look for a variety of skills, attributes and personal qualities, these include:

  • Passionate about making a difference, helping the most vulnerable and others in their time of need.
  • The ability to think quickly and clearly, making good decisions under extreme pressure.
  • Display high levels of resilience; the role of a police officer requires dealing with extremely challenging and distressing situations and people.
  • Cultural awareness to proactively engage in partnerships with others, understanding their needs whatever their background and situation is.
  • Display enthusiasm, reliability, self-discipline, empathy and compassion enough to take control of situations
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What we offer
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In addition to a varied and rewarding career, you will receive:

  • A starting salary of £24,780 which increases in increments every 12 months over a 7-year period up to £41,130. 
  • An undergraduate honours degree in BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Practice with entry through the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route or a Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice with entry through our Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
  • Career opportunities available in various locations across the force and a wide range of specialist roles once completed probation period
  • Flexible working, full time, part time and job share opportunities
  • Access to the Police Pension Scheme (2015)
  • Annual leave of 22 paid days, increasing to 30 days as length of service increases. 
  • Enhanced maternity benefits
  • An award-winning Workplace Health department
  • 24/7 wellbeing support and advice, for professional and personal matters 
  • Access to a variety of supportive and active staff groups, networks and associations
  • A generous occupational sick pay scheme 
  • A range of public sector discounts from insurance to holidays via The Bluelight Card
  • Lifestyle benefits including discounted gym membership and access to force run sports and social clubs. 
  • Free parking at some sites where available.
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What are the entry routes?
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There are three main routes to becoming a police officer. 

Not got a degree? The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is for you.

Already got a degree? The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is for you. 

Want to study before you apply? The Professional Policing Degree (PPD) is for you.

Find out more about each of these routes here >>

You can also begin by volunteering. Find out more about our volunteer opportunities here.

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What do I need?
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To be eligible to be a Police Officer, there are several requirements. These include but are not limited to:

  • Between the ages of 17 and 57
  • A British citizen, from a country that's a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, or proof that you have no restrictions on your stay in the UK
  • 3 years residency in the UK to fulfil vetting requirements
  • A minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent 64 UCAS points), Level 2 (GCSE or equivalent) Maths and English
  • If interested in the Degree Holder Entry Programme: A Degree in a subject other than Professional Policing 
  • A full UK, manual driving licence

Things like a criminal record, tattoos, your financial status and health may also play a part in your eligibility. You can find out more here and begin looking at the application here

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Recruitment Process
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The recruitment process can take up to six months to complete. Where a following heading has a link, click to find out more about the process. 

Why so many stages?

Because we're looking to recruit the very best candidates. People with integrity and high ethical and professional standards. 

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What is Positive Action?
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What is Positive Action?

The College of Policing outline that Positive Action is not about giving some people more favourable treatment, it is about levelling the playing field to enable individuals to compete on equal terms. At Suffolk Constabulary we are looking for a talented workforce who can best serve the community it represents. In other words, we are looking for talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds. 

Positive Action is a range of measures and initiatives that aim to eliminate unlawful discrimination and promote equality of opportunity and that we treat all applications fairly and in accordance with current legislation.  It is lawful action to encourage those from under-represented groups to bring their expertise, experience and talent to our organisation. When applying to join Suffolk Constabulary, our selection processes are no different. 

Through the use of positive action, we do not seek to remove competition, rather allow everyone the same level of opportunity, with the final selection always made on the merit of the applicant. 

Having a positive action programme will have an impact on the public through improving organisational, team and personal performance.

In particular it will contribute to:

  • Building better relationships with communities, resulting in a more effective service
  • Delivering on the priorities established for the police service such as reducing crime and reducing bureaucracy
  • Creating a fair and equitable career pathway for members of under-represented groups
  • Supporting career progression of those who demonstrate the talent to reach the next step

The Equality’s Act protects people from being treated less favourably because they have a protected characteristic. Sections 158 and 159 set out the provisions under the act for use of Positive action.

Positive action applies to all protected characteristics in employment and these are:  

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation
  • pregnancy and maternity

Suffolk Police use Positive Action to support individuals and/or groups who as a result of their protected characteristic/s suffer a disadvantage or have a need that through support can be reduced or overcome.

Positive action is entirely voluntary. There is no requirement for an employer to use either the general provisions or those relating to recruitment and promotion.

The force is keen to recruit people with a wide range of skills and experiences and an understanding of cultural issues. We have a number of support networks that are available to all officers, staff and volunteers, including:

  • Suffolk Ethnic Police Association (SEPA)
  • Suffolk Association of Women in Policing (SWAP)
  • Reach Out (Disability)
  • The Suffolk LGBT+ Police Network 

Suffolk Police are focused on attracting, recruiting and retaining talented people. We value equality, diversity and inclusivity and welcome applications from across our communities.

For further information or advice relating to positive action please contact Daniella Lord – Positive Action Recruitment Advisor: [email protected]