Ever wondered if policing could be the career for you?

It’s been a big week for A-level students in Suffolk and if you’ve been left wondering what to do, have you considered a career in policing your county?

Suffolk Police are currently recruiting police officers and to help answer questions potential recruits might have, the force is holding a recruitment webinar.

The event will take place on Monday 22 August between 6pm and 7pm and serving officers will be available to answer questions and talk about their careers.

The officers will talk about their life as a PC, the skills and knowledge required, the rewards and challenges of the role and the many opportunities available.

The event will also cover the eligibility requirements, the entry routes available and what to expect from the current recruitment process, which has several stages.

People interested in attending the recruitment event can register here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/suffolk-constabulary-recruitment-webinar-tickets-400623775497 or by going to the Suffolk Police website.

Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Kearton said: “Policing is a challenging and exciting career. On any given shift you could be responding to an emergency call, carrying out a search warrant, arresting a drug dealer or being a reassuring face to a victim of domestic abuse.

“It’s no ordinary nine to five and you’ll need determination, patience, and the ability to champion those around you. Our serving officers know this all too well and they’ll be on hand to answer questions to potential new recruits.”

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: "Thanks to the national uplift programme we are in a strong position to recruit an extra 72 officers this year on top of replacing officers who leave the service, this will increase the establishment to the highest number of officers since I became PCC in 2012, which is great news.

"Suffolk Constabulary needs to attract the very best people to help prevent and reduce crime.  So, if you are passionate about our county and want to help maintain Suffolk’s deserved reputation as one of the safest places in the country I’d really encourage you to apply..and best of luck!”

Recruits joining Suffolk Police will be trained on a new programme introduced earlier this year.

In April Suffolk started delivering the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), signalling the biggest change in police training for a generation.

The new national framework for the professional training and qualification of police officers means recruits will need to either hold a degree already, or study to gain one on the job, through three new entry routes which are:  

  • The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
  • The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
  • Professional Policing Degree (PPD).

Suffolk, along with six other eastern region forces, have partnered with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) to educate new police officers.

ARU will be providing essential classroom-based training and qualification whilst experienced police officers will continue to instruct students in core operational skills.

You can find further information on the Professional Policing Degree courses available from West Suffolk College and ARU by visiting their websites.

If you’re interested in a career in policing, you can visit the Suffolk Police website under the ‘Join Us’ section for more information and entry requirements.