Police Officer Recruitment

Posted on 6th Nov 2018

Police Officer Recruitment

The role of a police officer is like no other. It can be tough and unpredictable at times but it can also be extremely rewarding and no two days are ever the same. You will work towards making life safer and more secure for those living within your local community.


You will be fully trained to protect the public, provide a reassuring presence in the community, support victims of crime and investigate complex offences using a mixture of cutting-edge technology and time-proven traditional methods.


Eligibility Criteria for Candidates

Amongst other criteria, external candidates must meet the following:

  • Be aged 18 years of age or older.
  • Be either a British Citizen or be residing in the UK free of restrictions.
  • Have a full manual British/EU driving licence before receiving a formal offer of appointment from us.
  • Have two full A Levels graded A-E (Pass), or equivalent, or higher. Your application will be rejected if your highest qualification is lower than two full A Levels or their equivalent. (If you work for Thames Valley Police in a paid or voluntary capacity then you do not need to meet this educational criteria.)
  • Have obtained a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) or obtain it during the recruitment process.
  • Live within twenty crow miles of two of our main police stations by provisional offer of appointment (please see attached document for details). Consideration might be given to those living up to 30 crow miles of two of our main police stations with priority given to those who can be posted to work in areas where resources are in most need.


Applicants are reminded that a degree of flexibility is expected in terms of postings, although consideration is given to personal preferences the need of the organisation must be the priority.


What We Offer

  • On successfully completing all aspects of the recruitment process your starting salary will be £25,586 (which includes a £2,000 South East allowance).
  • Annual leave of 22 days increasing with length of service.
  • Training and development opportunities throughout your career with potential to work in specialist departments or apply for promotion.
  • Access to a range of services and support networks – Police Federation, Police Mutual, Central Sports & Social Club, Thames Valley Police LGBT+ Support Network, Thames Valley Police SAME (Support Association for Minority Ethnic staff), Women’s Network and others.


The current route of recruitment will come to an end later this year as we will be introducing the PCDA (Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship) and the DHEP (Degree Holder Entry Programme). If you apply through the current entry route, then you should expect to be on an intake by late Autumn 2019.

To apply, click on the Apply button at the bottom of this page.

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