Why work for us
We are now recruiting for new police officers - if you have any questions that are not answered here please email [email protected].
- If you have a degree please our Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
What we can offer you
From your first day with us, no matter which role you hold, you will start a career which makes a real difference. You will be supported; offered great learning experiences, development opportunities and the chance to progress. When you join Surrey Police, you become part our policing family – we are with you each step of the way.
Salary – Specific salary information for roles you are interested in can be found on the individual adverts. Each role has a linked salary scale meaning your salary could increase up to two times a year, once with any agreed increases to the scale and secondly as you move up the pay scale, in recognition of skills and experience. Aside from the base pay for a role, enhanced pay for working unsocial hours, overtime or on public (bank) holidays may also apply.
Pensions – When you start you’ll automatically join either the police staff or police officer pension scheme*, which are career average revalued earnings schemes. Both your pension contributions and those made by Surrey Police (which are higher than the minimum employers have to make) will build up your pension during your career into a guaranteed pension with an optional lump sum.
(*unless you are a transferring officer where different pension eligibility may apply)
Everyday spend and housing benefits - In addition to a variety of offers available, including the blue light discount card and keyworker housing schemes, we offer workforce benefits which include money saving offers on everyday essentials, for example, discounted top-up cards for popular supermarkets, train and bus discounts, and cheaper gym membership and mobile phone rates.
As a fast-moving, dynamic force there is plenty of opportunity to move roles and progress. We offer a range of development opportunities as well as the training, mentoring and coaching support you need for the role you undertake. Additional resources are also in place to support leadership development including the funding and achievement of additional qualifications where required.
Flexible working – Policing is 24/7 however we know you have commitments outside work. We’re invested in supporting people balance their life with work.
Leave – annual leave allowance varies according to role; starting at a minimum of 30 days for police officers and 33 days for police staff (both figures include the average of eight paid public (bank) holidays per annum). A variety of paid leave types are also available to help with unexpected situations, for example, emergency dependents leave. There are also options for taking off extended periods of unpaid leave too.
Health and well-being –we have a variety of services in place covering health, financial and mental wellbeing, including guidance and support, an employee assistance programme, a discounted contributory healthcare scheme and awareness and development days.
We have on-site gyms and a range of sports clubs for you to join, all of which aim to promote health, friendship and fun. We also encourage our people to work together in network groups which challenge and ensure Surrey Police is always be seeking to improve what it offers to people who work here. An example of this is the Parenting Portal, created by the Parenting Group, which is accessible from any device and designed to help parents stay in touch whilst away from work on parenting leave types. It can be accessed here.
These networks include:
- Surrey Police Association of Culture and Ethnicity
- Surrey Women’s network
- Enable (Disability Association)
- Surrey Police LGBT+ Network
- Surrey Well Together
- Surrey Police Christian Association
- Police Federation
In all of our roles, we’re looking for people who have enthusiasm, dedication and drive to help others wherever possible and will work with us to have a workplace where we:
- Enjoy coming to work and are committed to and take pride in being ourselves doing our best and being the best we can be.
- Work effectively with each other and our key partners, and hold ourselves and others to account to deliver a high level of policing service;
- Value difference and recognise that diverse teams produce better results. We are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme.
- Recognise individual and team effort and give everybody the opportunity to maximise their potential.
- Can be honest with our colleagues, irrespective of their rank or role.
“Surrey Police is a fantastic LGBT inclusive employer to work for and has been hugely supportive of me since I transferred in. As a senior manager am passionate about building a diverse service, as well as building links with our LGBT communities.” Clinton, Superintendent
“I enjoy running several incidents at once – it keeps me on my toes. There is definitely a feeling of accomplishment when everything falls in to place. I like the teamwork involved between us and the crews on the ground, working together to try and resolve incidents.” Rusty, Operator, Force Control Room
“Once you’re a police officer, there are so many different directions you can go in. The job keeps you interested and is definitely living up to my expectations. It’s a smaller force so it’s more personal, you can make an impact, learn a lot more and it’s easier to progress” Gavin, Detective Constable
“Balancing family life and shift work is easier than I thought it would be. The shift pattern is structured and planned well in advance so you can arrange your life around it.” Rosie, Contact Handler, Contact Centre
“When I joined, I assumed I would be a response officer forever, but I have had 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. As a detective 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 because you can tell a victim they are safe.” Dee, Detective Inspector.