The Professional Policing Degree Holder is aimed at those who have an undergraduate degree in Professional Policing.
You will be employed as a Police Officer from day one and receive a starting salary of £29,682 (including South East allowance of £3,000). The Professional Policing Degree Holder is based upon the national curriculum for the Police Constable role, therefore applicants on this entry route will enjoy a shorter ‘on-the-job’ training programme.
You will undergo a two-year training programme, during which time you will complete mandatory training such as personal safety and first aid. In Year One you will develop your core operational policing skills though a mixture of classroom and on the job learning. The initial learning phase of the course is held at our Headquarters in Guildford. You will then be partnered with an experienced Police Officer who will be your dedicated coach. Independent Patrol Status will also be achieved, enabling you to respond to incidents by yourself - but don’t worry as you will be continually supported throughout!
Your probation period will be two years and at the end you will be signed off as a fully competent Police Officer.
If you have completed a Professional Policing Degree or are currently in your final year of study – Surrey Police is the ideal force for you to start your career as a Police Officer.
Looking for a job where no two days are ever the same and where you can make a difference?
You’ll be hard pushed to find a role as rewarding as a Police Officer. You’ll have vital and unique role within Surrey’s communities; preventing and responding to crime, working to help and protect vulnerable people and using your skills to bring to justice for victims.
If you are already equipped with an accredited degree in Professional Policing, our new entry route offers a good starting salary and opportunities to specialise and progress your career, what are you waiting for?
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 each 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, just to name a few.
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.
At Surrey Police, size is our advantage. As a smaller force we have a real family feel where it is easier to network, and we will support you in being the best you can be. With close proximity and easy transport links to London, the coast and beyond, Surrey offers lively towns and stunning countryside. Policing in Surrey is varied and never boring.
Variety. Challenge. Opportunity. You’ll find everything you’re looking for and more in Surrey.
We can offer you:
A starting salary of £29,682 (from 1 October 2022) (including South East Allowance of £3,000), with the potential to rise to £46,032.00 (including South East Allowance of £3,000) within the first seven years.
22 days per year annual leave, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service.
Progressive approach to flexible working, enhanced maternity and paternity leave and potential for a career break (after two years’ service).
Opportunity to join various support networks, staff associations and sports clubs.
A competitive benefits package including pension, flexible benefits, employee assistance programme for advice and counselling, access to discounts / savings / cash-back rewards.
Career development opportunities including the chance to specialise or to progress through the ranks.
Not be a current or previous member of a proscribed terrorist organisation or group
The application process consists of several stages and it’s important to note that because of this, the average time from application to appointment is between 8–10 months.
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. During the current climate the following stages apply:
Stage One: Application form
Your personal details will be checked and that all eligibility criteria has been met.
Stage Two: Behavioural Style Questionnaire (BSQ)
A multiple-choice assessment, which will assess whether you have the right behavioural traits to work as a Police Constable.
This is when we begin our pre-employment checks which consist of a medical, vetting, biometric vetting and a fitness test.
Fitness Test – you will need to obtain level 5.4 in a 15 metre shuttle run. Whilst we do not expect candidates to be professional runners, you will be required to have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to run at a steady pace for around 4 minutes. Find out more about the fitness test here.
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, Day One or Online) in the past 24 months, you can transfer your score to Surrey Police.
Scores are valid for 24 months from the date of your assessment centre.
To transfer your score, please send a copy of your assessment report to [email protected]. You can request your report from the force at which it was undertaken.
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.
To join Surrey Police in any role you will need to prove your right to work in the UK.
Do I have right to work in the UK?
Your right to work in the UK depends on your immigration status - this is also called your ‘leave’. If you don’t have the right to work, you might be able to apply for it.
You automatically have the right to work in the UK if:
You’re a British or Irish citizen
You have pre-settled or settled status from the EU Settlement Scheme - or you’ve applied and you’re waiting for a decision
You have a family permit from the EU Settlement Scheme
You have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK
You have right of abode in the UK
You might have a right to work in the UK if you have a visa with a time limit. This is called having 'limited leave to enter or remain’.
If you entered the UK illegally or your leave has ended, you don’t have the right to work in the UK.
Proving your right to work in the UK
You might be able to prove your right to work online or by showing your employer certain documents. Any document you show your employer must be:
Valid - you can’t use a document that’s expired unless it’s a British or Irish passport
The original document - you can’t use a copy, however you can use a replacement birth certificate if you have lost the original.
If your document is expiring soon and you’ve applied to extend your leave, you can still prove your right to work. You might need to use a different document or ask your employer to contact the Home Office Employer Checking Service (ECS) - it depends what kind of leave you have.
For further information about Right to work in the UK, please refer to the GOV.UK webpages.