If you enjoy facing challenges, solving problems and would like to contribute to keeping your community safe whilst developing a wider range of skills, then policing could be for you.
There are many different ways you can contribute to the police. The sections below provide an overview of the different entry routes into policing. You can find further detail elsewhere on this website or by contacting your local Force.
For your information, we use the term Police Officer to refer to warranted officers of all ranks and Police Staff when talking about civilians employed in support functions. On this page the ** symbol indicates routes for Police Officer roles only. All others routes are available for Police Officers and for Police Staff.
We have set out the routes to enter policing at different levels in the table below. Applying or enquiring directly to Forces and undertaking volunteering opportunities are possible next steps available to all levels of applicants. In recognition of this, we provide details of these immediately below.
This will depend upon the type of job or role you are looking to apply for.
Further information on eligibility to become a Police Constable you can visit this page.
College of Policing and
Skills for Justice websites provide a good overview of the roles on offer across policing:Additionally, you can visit individual force websites for information and for further details of roles available within your preferred area. If you are applying for a Police Constable role, if your application is successful you will go through to the
Police SEARCH Recruit Assessment Centre. If you are applying to one of the Direct Entry programmes, we recommend you take a good look through the
website. You can also attend an event or open day to find out more about how to prepare for application and assessment – details of which can be found on the