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Police Officer

If you want a rewarding career where you can protect the community and help to reduce crime this is the role for you.

From your first day, you will take up your duties and receive training to help you become a fully-fledged Police Officer. As a trusted member of the community, you will work to provide reassurance and assistance to communities across Staffordshire as part of the wider policing team.

Although demanding, this role can be very satisfying and lead to many opportunities for career development.

Working as a Police officer you can expect to

  • Get experience working in different specialities including Response, Investigations and a Neighbourhood Policing Team during your probationary period.
  • Deal with varied situations on a daily basis, every day will be different. You will be responsible for patrolling crime hot spots, arresting criminals, investigating crime and protecting vulnerable members of the community from harm.
  • Set out a career path that could see you specialise as a firearms officers, dog handler, traffic cop, detective or the trusted, familiar face within your community as a neighbourhood officer.
  • Work flexible shifts including evenings, weekends and bank holidays.

How to Become a Police Officer

There are a few different entry routes into policing which require you to have the relevant policing qualifications before joining.

To become a police officer, you will now need a degree and under the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) there are two entry routes that you can take – the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) or Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). Alternatively, you can chose to study in your own time for a three-year degree in Professional Policing before applying to become a police officer.



You need a degree to become a Police Officer. If you don’t have a relevant degree in policing we can help you obtain this whilst training to become an Officer.

This route is for someone who already holds a bachelor’s degree.

The DHEP includes two years of operational training as well as studying for a level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice from Staffordshire University.

The PCDA is for individuals who don’t have a degree and allows them to enter further education. The PCDA is a three-year course with a mixture of theory based learning taught at Staffordshire University and practical based training in an operational environment at Staffordshire Police. At the end of the PCDA, you will have achieved a BA degree in Professional Policing Practice from Staffordshire University.

If you choose this route, you will need to obtain a three-year degree in Professional Policing before applying to become a police officer which you would be expected to fund the degree costs yourself.

Skills and experience

We need people who are:

  • At least 17 years of age when submitting the application – 18 years upon appointment.
  • Good at taking the initiative to resolve complex situations.
  • Good at negotiation and problem-solving.
  • Quick to adapt and keen to have a varied and unpredictable workload on a daily basis.
  • Able to work as part of a wider team but also confident to work alone.
  • Good communicators and able to explain issues clearly to a varied audience.
  • Able to pass a job-related fitness test and undertake regular patrols in all weather conditions.
  • A holder of a UK driving license.



Policing is an extremely rewarding but demanding career, so it’s important to understand what’s expected of you in the role you apply for.

View our eligibility criteria to find out more:

Eligibility & Recruitment Process


Police officer recruitment is now closed.

Due to social distancing restrictions in place because of Covid-19, the College of Policing has adapted the police officer application process. Please find more information on our Covid-19 changes to police officer page.

The national police recruitment site has a list of common questions here.

Alternatively, view our police officer FAQs covering eligibility to the recruitment process.

Covid19 changes to police officer applications and assessments.

If you’d like to be a Police Officer visit our current vacancies page to see if we have any recruitment opportunities or fill out an expression of interest and we will be in touch.