Entry into the police service is changing and 2020 will see South Yorkshire Police introduce new entry routes into policing including the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP).
Police officers make difficult decisions, which impact the public every day. They face complex problems, often in dangerous situations, with growing demands from digital investigation and vulnerable people. These new entry routes will help develop vital competencies in new officers, equipping them with the skills and understanding of areas critical for policing in the modern world including cybercrime and dealing with vulnerable people.
Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
The PCDA will take three years to complete and combines on-the-job learning alongside academic theory and knowledge. As a degree apprentice, you will be a police officer from day one and will spend three years as a probationer. On successfully finishing the programme, you will have completed you probation and achieve your degree in Professional Policing Practice.
Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
The DHEP will take two years to complete and combines a work based programme, supported by off the job learning. This programme is aimed at degree-holders, attained in any subject area. From day one, you will be a police officer and will spend two years as a probationer. On successfully finishing the programme you will have completed your probation and achieve a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice.
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 three-year degree course, there may be an option to join as a special constable. From day one, you will be a police officer and will follow a shorter on-the-job training programme.