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 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.
further information on becoming a police constable can be found here:
The Direct Entry Inspector programme opens up the Police Service to people who can bring new perspectives and diverse backgrounds to support the continuous development of policing. See also the Lead Beyond website
The 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 website.