Police Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme

Posted on 16th Jun 2022

Police Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme

Vacancy Information

Careers don’t come more rewarding than this. Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help. A Police Officer’s role is demanding and diverse – no two days are the same.

We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be first person in; have the compassion and empathy to help those in need; who’ll have their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day.

In return, we promise a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others. You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.

The Role

The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is aimed at degree-holders who have attained a degree in any subject area 

A two-year training programme, you will be employed as an officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards a Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. Study will be a mix of on and off the job and you will be awarded your Graduate Diploma at the end of the two year programme and with completion of your probation period. You will be paid a full salary of £24,780 per annum plus £2,500 South East Allowance and will not be charged any tuition fees.

Key Responsibilities

To apply for the role, you will need to:

  • Have successfully completed, and be able to evidence, a UK undergraduate degree (360 credits) in any subject. Applicants with non – UK degrees can be considered if their degree is recognised as equivalent by UK NARIC but will need to provide evidence of an acceptable English language qualification if their degree was not taught and assessed in English. If you don't have a bachelors degree with honours you can apply for the PCDA which is open now.
  • Applicants that are graduating in the summer of 2022 are able to apply. You will need to upload evidence of completion of university modules to date when you apply.


  • Be aged 17 years or over on the day you submit your application. You must be 18 years or over to start in post.
  • Have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application
  • Have leave to enter or leave to remain and work in the UK for an indefinite period.
  • Have a full UK manual driving licence (by the time of appointment).
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • Not have tattoos which could cause offence.
  • Not have 6 or more penalty points on your driving licence.
  • Not have served a prison sentence.
Contact Details

If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process, please read our helpful Guide:


For any further queries please contact policeconstabletrainees@surrey.pnn.police.uk

Additional Information

Please make sure you are available for dates within all stages of the recruitment process as alternatives may not be accommodated.

Stage 1: Application Form and Eligibility Checks

Stage 2: National Sift - Behavioral Style Questionnaire and Situational Judgement Test

Stage 3: National Assessment Centre - Written briefing and competency-based interview

Stage 4: Values Based Conversation

Stage 5: Pre-employment checks consisting of vetting, medical, biometric vetting and substance misuse testing and fitness testing.

We anticipate starting dates will be from January 2023 onwards. Please note that we cannot guarantee any specific start date

Please note that during the first 15 weeks of training you will not be able to take any annual leave.

Diversity Statement

We are only as good as our people. It's really important that our officers and staff can be themselves in the workplace and we know that as an organisation we'll grow from the variety of thinking, approach and skills that diversity brings; all of which help us deliver a better policing service. We strive to ensure how we deliver our services, provide information and how we recruit is open and accessible to all.

We have multiple staff support groups who help to improve our understanding of minority issues and ensure they are reflected in our work. We are proud members of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and Disability Confident, a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant and the HeForShe movement.

We value the differences that people bring from all backgrounds and communities. Regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, disability, social status or religious beliefs, we would love to hear from you.

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