It’s a great way to improve the lives of others – including your own

Police officers

Great choice – it’s a great way to improve lives, especially your own

You’ll be paid during your training, and your salary will rise incrementally over seven years to £41,130 (as of March 2021). There are lots of ways to apply too, so there’ll be a route in which is perfect for you. If you’re from an under-represented group, our Positive Action team will help you all the way.

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Regular officers

This is the most direct route. If you’re 18 or over, you can apply to join the police and train with our Initial Police Learning & Development Programme (IPLDP). In just two years you’ll be a fully qualified police constable. You’ll need either some relevant experience or evidence of vocational or educational qualifications, and to hold a full UK driving licence by the time you start the job.

Last chance

The application for this route closes in August 2021 (the recruitment is in early 2022).

Non-degree entry

On this path you’ll be a police constable from day one, with a three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). You’ll train and learn on the job and will even earn a degree as part of the process, paid for by Northamptonshire Police.

Degree-holder entry

If you already have a degree in any subject, you can join us on the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) prior to becoming a police officer. This two-year programme includes formal, practical and self-directed learning.

See how this route helped Gan and Kritesh get the most out of policing.



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Police staff

Being a police officer isn’t the only option. You can jump straight to the section on other police staff roles by clicking here.

Positive Action help sessions

Our Positive Action team runs free help sessions (often online) for people from under-represented groups who would like to apply. Our team will work with you to provide whatever specific support you need to put together your best application. You can find out more about them and book a place here.

To find out more about how you can join and what you need to apply, click here.

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When can you start?

Our recruitment process involves interviews, carrying out checks, some assessments and even uniform fitting, so it can take up to nine months from sending your initial application until you actually join us, as you can see here. We know this is a long time, but the Positive Action team will be available to help and support you in any way they can during this time.

When we recruit

To see when our next recruitment window opens, please click here.

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