Be The Future - Join us

Date published: 27 September 2022 07:33

Be the future of South Yorkshire Police

Join us and make a difference to your community.

A career with South Yorkshire Police is the chance for you to take on a challenge that will change lives. Whether you’re a school-leaver, a graduate or searching for new opportunities, we welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities. There are three different entry routes as part of our Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), which you can take to join the police. For a guide on all the different entry routes click the link below.

Entry route map

Please note: police constable recruitment is not currently open.

If you don’t have a degree:

You can earn as you learn, and complete the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). Over three years you’ll combine on-the-job learning and academic theory to become to a police constable with a degree in Professional Policing Practice.

  • Our PCDA programme next opens to applicants on Tuesday 3 January 2023.

If you already have a degree:

The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) combines a work-based programmed and off-the-job learning as you spend two years being a police officer and probationer. After completion, you’ll achieve a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

South Yorkshire Police offers two DHEP courses - one for those who want to be a Police Constable and one for those who want to be a Detective.

  • Our DHEP (PC) programme next opens to applicants on Monday 3 October 2022.
  • Our DHEP (Detective) programme next opens to applicants on Tuesday 1 November 2022.

If you want to study first:

You can undertake a three-year degree in Professional Policing at your own expense and then apply to become a police officer. During your course, there may be an option for you to join as a special constable.

Be the future of going for it

Whether you’re a young school-leaver, a retailer or ex-military, we know that you will have plenty of transferable skills which you can bring to a career with the police. Things like following process, social and emotional intelligence, conversation skills and the ability to diffuse a situation are all skills we search for in our candidates. If you have the relevant experience and strengths, all you have to do is apply.

We are an organisation that welcome, support and value those from underrepresented communities. From difference comes invaluable life experiences, ideas and ways of thinking – and by encouraging individuality we are working towards serving our communities and understanding our public better.

Transfer of Online Assessment Centre Pass Marks (PCDA)

South Yorkshire Police is accepting the transfer of Online Assessment results. This will be to join us via the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route.

If you have sat the College of Policing Online Assessment (or SEARCH Assessment Centre) in the past two years and achieved a pass mark we want to hear from you.

Please get in touch to find out our full eligibility criteria and the next stages.

Email us at to find out more.