We are now recruiting for new Police Officers - if you have any questions that are not answered here please email policeconstabletrainees@surrey.pnn.police.uk .

  • If you don’t have a degree and would like to study towards one while undertaking your police officer training, please apply for our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). 

  • If you have a degree please register your interest for our Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP). We are currently accepting expressions of interest and we will contact you when we are next recruiting.

If you have passed the National Assessment Centre (SEARCH, Day One or virtual) in the past 24 months, you may be able to transfer your score to Surrey Police.

If you are looking to transfer your score, we would very much like to hear from you. Please get in touch with our recruitment team at policeconstabletrainees@surrey.pnn.police.uk


Looking for a job where every day is genuinely different and where you can have an impact?

You’ll be hard pushed to find a role as rewarding as a Police Officer. You’ll have vital and unique role within your community; preventing and responding to crime, working to help and protect vulnerable people and using your skills to bring to justice for victims.

With our new entry routes providing you the opportunity to gain a fully-funded degree or Graduate Diploma, with a good starting salary and opportunities to specialise and progress your career, what are you waiting for? 

Join Surrey Police and start making a difference.

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

As a police officer, every day will be different. It is one of the most fulfilling, challenging and varied roles you could do.

In your shift you could be carrying out a search warrant, arresting a drug dealer or being a reassuring face to a victim of abuse. Your next shift you could be patrolling a public event, interviewing a suspect in custody or collecting vital evidence. No one will know what your shift will bring, but we do know you won’t get bored.

Policing is not purely about enforcement, your communication skills and ability to build relationships with the public will be key. You will need to be caring and compassionate, dealing with victims of crime, witnesses and vulnerable members of our community. In a fast paced environment you will need to be prepared for the unexpected and always be calm under pressure, making critical split second decisions.

There are many opportunities to progress through the ranks and/or specialise in an area of policing that interests you. You can become a detective or join the Tactical Firearms Unit; be part of the Roads Policing Unit or one of our Public Protection teams as just a few examples of your options.

Wherever you decide to take your career, we will support you and help you develop to be the best officer you can be. Your development starts from day one and our new entry routes and training programme will give you all the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective police officer.

Our new entry routes into Surrey Police will equip you with the skills and experience you need to meet the demands of modern policing and have these recognised with a fully funded degree or Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.  

  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – join as a police officer and achieve a BSc (hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice whilst you train, fully funded by Surrey Police. This is a three year, work based, practical and vocational degree and is not focused on essay writing. You will receive a starting salary of £23,380 (£20,880 plus £2,500 South East allowance).
  • Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) – aimed at those who have a degree in any subject. In your first two years, you will achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice whilst you train as a Police Officer. You will receive a starting salary of £26,677 (£24,177 plus £2,500 South East allowance).

You can find out more about the Police Education Qualification Framework (PEQF) and the new entry routes into Policing in England and Wales at the College of Policing’s website.

At Surrey Police, size is our advantage. As a smaller force we have a personal feel where it is easier to network and easier for us to support you in being the best you can be.

We can offer you:

  • A starting salary of at least £23,902 (including South East Allowance of £2,500) depending on your chosen entry route, with the potential to rise to £42,628 within the first seven years.
  • A fully-funded professional qualification – either a degree in Professional Policing Practice or Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice depending on your existing education.
  • 22 days per year annual leave, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service.
  • A competitive police pension
  • Flexible working opportunity depending on service arrangements
  • Career development opportunities including the chance to specialise or to progress through the ranks.
  • Free bus travel across Surrey
  • A fuel card worth £110 per month, or up to £1200 per year for a rail season ticket, when you have two or more years’ service.

This is just a selection of our benefits, now find out more.

All applicants must:

  • Be aged 17 or over (on the day you submit your application). You will need to be 18 years or over to start in post.

  • 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 full UK manual driving licence (by the time of appointment)

  • 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)

  • Not have more than six penalty points


Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

To be considered for entry to the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, applicants must have achieved one A Level Grade A*-C or equivalent Level 3 qualification that is a minimum of 32 UCAS points (you can check how many points your qualification is worth on the UCAS tariff calculator). Please note AS Levels alone are not an acceptable alternative. You must also hold level 2 GCSE/functional skills in both Maths and English or education equivalent to Level 2 at point of application.

Read our guide to attaining Level 2 English and Maths or equivalent.


Applicants without Level 3 qualifications can be considered if:

  • Achieved a standard of education to Level 3 i.e. A Level (A-C), BTEC Diploma or equivalent.

  • Be a serving, or previous, PCSO or Special Constable with any force and have independent patrol status (IPS).  Internal applicants will need to have completed their tenure before being given a final offer but this does not affect being able to apply before completing this. Previous service is a minimum of 18 months service and left no longer than 18 months ago.

  • Previously served in the military, armed forces or similar law enforcement agency, have successfully completed the minimum term of service and have an exemplary reference (previous service in military or armed forces is a minimum of 2 years within the last 5 years).

  • Previously served in another emergency service role considered to be operational by Surrey Police for a minimum of 2 years within the last 5 years and have an exemplary reference.

  • Be currently serving, or previously served, with any police force and are considered to be operational (Contact Handlers/Force Control Room Operative, Designated Detention Officer, Investigating Officer/Crime Investigator) and have completed 18 months service. Internal applicants will need to have completed their tenure before being given a final offer. Must have an exemplary reference (previous service is a minimum of 18
  • months service and left no longer than 18 months ago). Exceptions to roles listed will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • Gained a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing


All applicants must:

  • Have Level 2 functional skills or GCSE A-C (4-9) in both Maths and English


Academic entry criteria for the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

Applicants for the DHEP should have successfully completed, and be able to evidence, a UK undergraduate honours 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

 * Certificates for all qualifications will be required at the point of application.

The recruitment process consists of a number of stages and it can take approximately 10-12 months from application to appointment.

Currently Surrey Police has introduced a new online assessment process during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our national recruitment standards are maintained, and in the coming months this will continually be reviewed but during the current climate, the following will make up the three stage approach:

  • Stage 1 – Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
  • Stage 2 – Competency based interview
  • Stage 3 - Written assessment and brief exercise


Application Form – we will check you are eligible to apply. If the application is successful you will be invited to:

Stage One – Instructions will be emailed with supporting information on how to complete the situational judgement test (SJT). If successful you will go to the next stage.

Stage Two – Online video competency-based interview. If successful you will go to the next stage

Stage Three

  • Briefing exercises – Candidates will be presented with a short brief and will have to prepare their response to key questions
  • Written exercises – Candidates will be provided with written materials and will be asked to provide a written response.

Stage four – in-Force interview: This interview will be based upon the competency and values framework.

Pre-Employment Checks

  • Fitness Test – you will need to obtain level 5.4 in the bleep test.
    • Medical – you will be required to complete a questionnaire with your medical history.
    • Biometric Vetting – we will take your fingerprints, DNA, and check them against the appropriate database. We will also collect a sample of hair to test for the presence of inappropriate substances.
    • Vetting - this will assess you and your families’ criminal record, financial status and business interests.

If you have passed the National Assessment Centre (SEARCH or Day One) in the past 24 months, you may be able to transfer your score to Surrey Police.

We can accept scores of 50% and higher for SEARCH, and 55% or higher for Day One. Scores are valid for 24 months from the date of your assessment centre.

For further details please contact our recruitment team at policeconstabletrainees@surrey.pnn.police.uk

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 communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.

We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. 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.

We are actively working on a range of activities to improve this and 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 positiveaction@surrey.pnn.police.uk

We are running a series of PC recruitment information evenings for under-represented communities in 2020 at our Guildford HQ. For more information about the dates, event and to register visit: https://surreypoliceinclusion.eventbrite.co.uk

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

We’re also happy to discuss further – please contact resourcing@surrey.pnn.police.uk to arrange.