We are currently recruiting for new police constables - the window is open until Sunday 28 April.

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Police officers have a vital and unique role within communities; working to help and protect vulnerable people, protecting the public and using their policing powers to bring to justice those who seek to disrupt or bring harm to all that live, work or travel through our county.

The mission of policing has changed dramatically in recent years - there is far more complexity, a greater need for problem solving and it is broader than it ever used to be. We need caring and compassionate people who can also find clever solutions to complex problems.

New and emerging types of crime are creating new challenges, while there is increasing complexity, sophistication and variety to what is required in order to deliver an effective, ethical, professional and accountable policing service to the public. Those who work in policing need the skills, education and knowledge to operate with a high degree of autonomy and accountability. Whether it be child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, cybercrime, or threats from serious and organised crime and terrorism, the modern police service is adapting in order to meet the needs of communities.

The skills knowledge and behaviors needed to undertake the role of a police constable have been recently reviewed and formally recognised as being equivalent to degree level. This has prompted a new national curriculum to be developed for police officer development which builds on existing learning and also now includes more modern and evolving features to meet these new demands. This will ensure that all new police officers undertake a learning & development programme that supports the breadth of learning and practice required to fulfil the role, and that their skills and knowledge acquired throughout are then rightly recognised and accredited.

The entry routes in to policing and particularly those for new police officers are changing to reflect this new curriculum. Candidates applying within this recruitment window do not require a degree to join us – those who successful complete the recruitment process will join us under the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme. This is a new and exciting opportunity for driven and talented individuals to become police officers, working towards achieving a degree in professional policing practice whilst they undertake their police training. The development programme remains focused on practical policing with the majority of learning taking place on the job and out in the public alongside experienced colleagues. This is not an academic degree - it is a work based, practical and vocational degree that will better equip recruits to meet the demands of modern policing.

Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communites and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. We are particularly conscious that current numbers of female officers and those who identify as black or minority ethnic are lower than representation in our communities. We are actively working on a range of activities to improve this and would be greatly encouraged to see far larger numbers of applications from individuals identifying within these groups. 

In the future there will continue to be opportunities for individuals who hold a policing or non-policing degree to undertake a two-year development programme to become a police officer. More information will follow on these entry routes in due course.

We are currently recruiting for new police constables - the window is open until Sunday 28 April.

Apply now.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and eligibility

The PCDA is a three year practice based learning and development programme, leading to a BSc Hons Degree in Professional Policing Practice.

To apply for the PCDA entrants must have already achieved and be able to evidence a Level 3 qualification (A level or equivalent). In addition all applicants shall need to have achieved a Level 2 functional skills in both Maths and English.

Applicants must:

  • Be aged 18 or over, there is no upper age limit
  • Have been a UK resident for the past three years. (If you do not currently fulfil the criteria this will be reviewed on a case by case basis, please contact the Recruitment Team for further information)
  • Be a British or Commonwealth citizen, or an EC/European Economic Area national, or a foreign national whose stay in the UK is unrestricted
  • Have a Level 2 functional skill in both Maths and English
  • Hold a current full manual driving licence before applying
  • Be prepared to work shifts including nights, weekends and bank holidays
  • Not have any tattoos that cause offence. (Please contact the Recruitment Team for further advice)

Recruitment process

The recruitment process can take approximately 10-12 months and consists of a number of stages:

  • Completion of an online application form
  • Completion of an online behaviour-styles questionnaire and a situational judgement test
  • Assessment Centre (known as ‘Day One’)- passing with 55%
  • In-force interview
  • Fitness test to obtain level 5.4 in the bleep test
  • Medical questionnaire and vetting form
  • Biometric vetting – fingerprints, DNA and hair testing
  • References for past three years

Fitness and medical

  • Applicants must be physically and mentally fit to carry out the duties required
  • Eyesight standards are set and published by the College of Policing and have recently been reviewed.  This standard is corrected distance visual acuity must be 6/12 in either eye and 6/6 or better, in both eyes together.
  • Appointment to Surrey Police is subject to medical and physical examinations, and an opticians report is expected if relevant
  • There is no height restriction.

All applicants will be subject to a vetting process for security reasons. You will be required to provide fingerprint and DNA samples by consent. The vetting process will assess criminal record, financial status, business interests and references, and all applicants are expected to declare all relevant information.

Black and Ethnic Minority recruitment mentoring scheme

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.

One of the proactive ways we are seeking to increase representation is via a bespoke mentoring scheme which is aimed at guiding applicants from diverse communities through the recruitment process.

For more information email Sheela or Farhan at positiveaction@surrey.pnn.police.uk

Police Now Graduate Scheme

  • Police Now gives exceptional graduates the opportunity to become police officers and transform challenged communities. Join the two-year Police Now programme and develop a rewarding career while helping to improve lives, not just for today, but for generations to come.
  • Find out more about the Police Now Graduate Scheme
  • policenow.org.uk


We are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which promotes a good working environment for all existing and potential staff and helps ensure equal treatment for employees who are lesbian, gay or bisexual. We have also formed a partnership with VERCIDA, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site. All of our police staff vacancies are also listed on VERCIDA.

Find out more on the VERCIDA website.

Why are the police now introducing apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are increasingly common and are recognised as offering a great way to gain hands-on experience while studying towards an industry-recognised qualification and earning a salary. Policing has been offering apprenticeships such as vehicle technicians, management, customer service and business administration for a number of years. There is now a fantastic opportunity to extend this offering across a broader range of roles and specifically to the sought-after role of a police officer.

We believe that by offering a degree-level apprenticeship we can ensure policing remains an attractive and competitive career option. We hope that along with other new entry routes it will appeal to those who may not have considered policing to be a viable choice for them in the past. Specifically with the PCDA we hope that people will be attracted to the earn-while you-learn principles of an apprenticeship and/or the attainment of a recognised qualification that will be equally as valuable in the future to those who stay within policing as to those who move on to different ventures.

Do I need a degree to become a Police Officer?

No, you do not need a degree to join the police service. The College of Policing have reviewed the curriculum and found that the knowledge, skills & experience required for the role of a police officer meets the same standard as a degree (equivalent to a Level 6 Qualification). Therefore the new curriculum that underpins all future learning and development programmes is reflective of this. This is very similar to the practice-based student nurse apprenticeships that have been in place within the healthcare sector for a number of years.

There will be new entry routes that allow those who already hold a degree to undertake a two-year learning and development programme to become a police officer. However the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) has been specifically designed as an entry route that allows individuals to join as a police officer without holding a degree upfront; they will simply gain one on completion of their programme in recognition of their achievements.

I have a CKP (Certificate of Knowledge in Policing), can I still join under the old scheme?

For all new applicants to Surrey Police the CKP will no longer be a requirement as the learning previously covered within this course is now delivered as part of all new entry programmes, including within the PCDA.

If you already hold the CKP you are still eligible to apply for all new entry routes.

Will I have to pay for the apprenticeship?

We will cover all costs associated with the degree apprenticeship so you have the chance to earn while you learn and to gain a degree without having to pay fees or other costs. 

How much will I earn?

New police constables joining via the PCDA entry route will receive a starting salary of £22,870 (base salary of £20,370 plus £2,500 South East allowance). Base salary increases annually and police constables who successfully complete the three-year development programme shall earn £28,288 (base salary of £25,788 plus £2,500 South East allowance). Typically police constables with seven years’ service can expect to earn circa £40,000 with additional contribution for travel.

In line with national Police Pay Regulations if you already hold the CKP or have relevant service as a PCSO or Special Constable then this prior learning/experience will continue to be recognised in the starting salary that you will receive. If applying for the PCDA you will receive a starting salary of £26,086 (base salary of £23,586 plus £2,500 South East allowance).

What if I already have a degree?

Surrey Police expects to offer an alternative entry route for recruits who already have a degree (in any subject). The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is a two-year work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning. Upon successful completion of the programme you will achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

Ahead of the DHEP being launched in 2020, recruits with degrees may be offered places on the PCDA.

Where can I get more information?

The College of Policing website has an area dedicated to the PEQF

Job profiles

Detective Inspector Dee Fielding

I used to work as a recruitment consultant but I didn’t want to work in an office anymore. I was very much in the rat race rather than helping anybody.

I realised I had a lot of transferable skills, for example being able to interview people.

When I joined I assumed I would be a response officer forever. I didn’t know what detectives did. But I have many careers within a career since.

If you ever get to the point where you need a change there’s such a wide range of roles, there’s something for everybody.

Some people might have a passion as a detective in child protection, but I like putting away the armed robbers and drug dealers.

You have the ownership to be able to investigate a case and it can take you all over the country. When you get a good result in court it’s such a satisfaction, not just for the officer but because you can tell a victim that they are safe.

You can find out more about the day-to-day life of a detective at Surrey Police by following the @SurreyDetective Twitter account.

PC Hermann Trepesch

I have worked for Surrey Police for 15 years and am a member of the force’s diversity team, a dedicated team that provide advice and guidance to officers and staff on matters relating to equality, diversity and human rights.

I’ve also worked in Custody, as a force trainer and in Special Branch working on counter terrorism. I achieved a Bachelor’s Degree through a Surrey Police learning and development scheme and am the chair of SPACE, Surrey Police’s Association of Culture and Ethnicity, which brings together staff and officers to promote an inclusive workforce.

Detective Constable Carina Jewell

“The jobs we work on are really interesting and when a job comes in, it’s a proper team effort. As detectives we work on the things you join to be involved in, where you get to put away really bad people for a long period of time. Looking back, I wouldn’t have done anything else.”

“To be a detective, you have to be dogged and not let things lie. You also have to be organised. The best thing for me is seeing something through from the start to finish. The case that stands out for me is a violent attack. After lots of hard work and thanks to the bravery of the victim, the main perpetrator was jailed. To go to the victim’s house and give her that news was a great, great feeling.”

Detective Constable Victoria Kilburn

“I transferred to Surrey Police from the Met last April. I was working on child abuse before but I wanted to have a change and move into a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as this was an area I had not worked in before.

“The great thing about CID is that you work as part of a team, whereas before I was often on my own. In CID you are given a job to work on together and you can celebrate your successes together.

“Surrey has various benefits  – it offers a lot in the way of financial motivation. You get financial rewards when you pass the different stages of exams and when you finally get signed off as a detective.

“Surrey is obviously a much smaller force than the Met but it means you get to know everyone which is lovely.”

We are currently recruiting for new police constables - the window is open until Sunday 28 April.

Apply now.