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29th March 2022

Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary are delighted to be part of the National Uplift Programme following the government announcement to recruit 20,000 additional Police Officers. We not only offer a unique and rewarding career with an opportunity to make a real difference to your community, we also welcome you to the Police family. 

The role of a Police Constable is incredibly challenging, demanding and diverse, yet one of the most satisfying and rewarding careers you could choose. Every day presents new challenges and situations, however protecting the community that we serve is always at the heart of everything we do.

Police Constables are a vital and valued part of society and the communities  they serve and the salary and benefits reflect that, as do the opportunities available for continued personal development, training and progression. With the introduction of the PEQF (Police Education Qualification Framework), police officers will be able to ‘earn while they learn’, and proactively make a long-term enhancement to their personal prospects while in turn improving the prospects of the community that they serve.

The force embraces diversity and we strive to be a police force that is reflective of the community it serves and we actively encourage applications from those from underrepresented backgrounds to join the force and play an instrumental part in the change that you want to see in your community.

What are we looking for?

When recruiting Police Constables, we look for a variety of skills, attributes and personal qualities, these include:

  • Passionate about making a difference, helping the most vulnerable and others in their time of need.
  • The ability to think quickly and clearly, making good decisions under extreme pressure.
  • Display high levels of resilience; the role of a police officer requires dealing with extremely challenging and distressing situations and people. 
  • Cultural awareness to proactively engage in partnerships with others, understanding their needs whatever their background and situation is. 
  • Display enthusiasm, reliability, self-discipline, empathy and compassion enough to take control of situations

What we offer

In addition to a varied and rewarding career, you will receive:

  • A starting salary of £24,780 which increases in increments every 12 months over a 7-year period up to £41,130. 
  • An undergraduate honours degree in BSc (Hons) Professional Policing Practice with entry through the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route or a Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional
  • Policing Practice with entry through our Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
  • Career opportunities available in various locations across the force and a wide range of specialist roles once completed probation period
  • Flexible working, full time, part time and job share opportunities
  • Access to the Police Pension Scheme (2015)
  • Annual leave of 22 paid days, increasing to 30 days as length of service increases. 
  • Enhanced maternity benefits
  • An award-winning Workplace Health department
  • 24/7 wellbeing support and advice, for professional and personal matters 
  • Access to a variety of supportive and active staff groups, networks and associations
  • A generous occupational sick pay scheme 
  • A range of public sector discounts from insurance to holidays via The Bluelight Card
  • Lifestyle benefits including discounted gym membership and access to force run sports and social clubs. 
  • Free parking at some sites where available.

What are the entry routes?

There are 3 new ways to becoming a police officer, including:

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) 

Join as a constable, and follow a degree apprenticeship in professional policing practice. The completion time for this route is 3 years, with both on and off-the-job learning however, rest assured you earn while you learn. On successful completion of the programme & probation period you will achieve a fully funded degree.

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP).

If you are a current degree holder in any subject, you can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning.  The completion time for this route is two years, and the learning you have undergone is recognised in a graduate diploma in professional policing practice upon completion of your probation. 

Degree in Professional Policing (DiPP) 

If you want to study first, you can do a three-year degree in professional policing at your own expense. The degree in professional policing is an academic knowledge-based degree, based on the national curriculum for the police constable role. If you wish to use the degree as your entry route to the police service, you must apply to join a police force within five years of your graduation. Successful achievement of the degree does not guarantee recruitment as a probationary police constable, and you will face a shorter on-the-job training programme after a successful application.

Follow the links below for further information and to apply:

Suffolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 28/04/2022




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