Police Constable

Posted on 12th Feb 2018

Police Constable

Vacancy Information

Are you looking for a new, exciting and varied career? Are you looking for a role that offers you a mixture of ordinary activities and extraordinary situations? If so, then the role of a Police Constable is the job for you!
Sussex is a diverse county ranging from the vibrant City of Brighton & Hove, to one of Britain's busiest Airports - Gatwick, and a varied mix of smaller coastal towns and rural communities.

The Role

As a Police Constable, from day one you will be helping make Sussex safer, as well as helping us to make a difference in the communities that we serve. We are looking for people with enthusiasm, dedication and focus for this exceptional role, and who are committed to our priorities of protecting those most vulnerable, catching criminals and keeping the public safe.

Policing can be challenging but can also be highly rewarding. Every day when you put on your uniform and go to work, you will be making life safer and more secure for your family, friends and neighbours and helping to make your community a better place to live.

As a Constable, no two days will be the same. Your day could start by being called to the scene of a road traffic collision where you'll give first aid, and then be called to help with the search for a missing person.

On your late shift you could be sent on burglary patrols or out patrolling in a busy nightlife centre ensuring party-goers are safe and well.

One thing's for certain… you won't be bored!

You will be provided with training to assist you to deal with the variety of situations that you will experience. You will get to learn new skills, meet new people and set out a career path that could see you specialise as a Firearms Officer, a Dog Handler or a Detective.

You will need to be comfortable in dealing with a variety of incidents and be a good communicator with a calm and confident personality. You’ll be a good problem solver, team player and someone who easily builds respectful relationships - appreciating the views of the communities we serve. To do all of this, we need a variety of people in our teams. We’re looking for difference in our teams and you could be just that.

Being a Police Officer, can be a tough and unpredictable job, but it is also an extremely rewarding one.

Please read our FAQs for more information.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the role of police constable, you will need to: 

  • be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application
  • have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application
  • have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period
  • have achieved a standard of education equivalent to Level 3 or above (see below for full details)
  • have a current full manual driving license by the time of appointment
  • not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) plus other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front 
  • not have tattoos which could cause offence (see the FAQs)
  • not have motoring offences (see the FAQs)



You must have achieved Independent Patrol Status (IP) as a Special Constable or PCSO or attained one of the following qualifications:

Examples for England, Wales and Northern Ireland:
A Level / AS Level / Advanced Diploma / National Diploma / National Certificate / National Award / Level 3 Diploma / Level 3 Certificate / Level 3 Award / Level 3 International Certificate in Computer Studies / (ICCS) NCC Education UK / Level 3 NVQ / City & Guilds, Level 3 / NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety / Access to higher Education Diploma / International Baccalaureate

If you have a qualification at a higher level - that's great too!

Find out more details about the level of your qualification on Gov.uk

What Sussex Police offers you…
  • Our starting salary for student officers is £21,471 per annum or £24,624 for currently serving Special Constables with Independent Patrol Status or PCSOs who have completed 2 years’ service at time of appointment. Rising to £39,882 once you have reached the top of the police constable pay scale (includes 2018/19 South East Allowance).
  • Annual Leave of 22 days (increasing with length of service), plus bank holidays.
  • Police pension.
  • Training and development opportunities; including a well defined promotion framework, as well as the ability to move to specialist areas of policing such as Detective, Road Policing and Firearms.
  • Lifestyle Discounts which include travel subsidies, an eye care scheme and many more.
  • Childcare Vouchers - you can use the vouchers to pay for registered or approved childcare, this includes nurseries, childminders, breakfast and after school clubs and can be used for children up to the age of 16.
  • Access to a subsidised gym (depending on location).
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) covering a range of health, wellbeing and lifestyle topics, and access to a range of services which offer independent advice and support, such as the Sussex Police Charitable Trust and Police Mutual.
  • Internal support and advice from Occupational Health, a range of staff associations and support networks, including: Evolve, Race Equality Network, Gay Police Association and ENABLE - Sussex Police Disability & Carers Association.
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