Police Constable

Date published: 16 February 2024 15:52

Be The Future Of Community

Being a police officer is not just a job. It is a career.

Becoming a police constable is a career like no other. Not only will you be taking on challenges that will change your life, but you’ll be working to protect the people and communities of South Yorkshire. This is a career where you’ll travel between urban cities and rural towns, meeting people from all walks of life.

You’ll be on the front line, detecting and preventing crime, while providing support and protection to the communities of South Yorkshire. This is your chance to take on a challenge that will change lives.

It is a responsibility reserved for those with the integrity and commitment to build a career in the service of the community around them. This role comes with the power to make autonomous decisions. We’ll prepare you with the knowledge, skills and support to make legal, ethical and appropriate judgements when it counts.

Constables need to meet, and maintain, the highest professional standards required of their role, by conducting all actions in a legal, balanced, proportionate and justifiable manner to uphold the law and achieve the best outcomes in a wide range of situations/incidents. This means you’ll always have the guidance, and the drive, to keep making progress, to be the best version of yourself, and be the future of South Yorkshire.

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

If you don't have a degree - Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

South Yorkshire Police is offering a three-year apprenticeship in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. The apprenticeship will combine the opportunity to work and learn the role of a front-line officer whilst gaining a Degree in Professional Policing Practice.

To be eligible for this apprenticeship you must meet our eligibility criteria.

Our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is currently open until 29 February 2024. Apply now.

We will be holding a familiarisation event on Thursday 22 February from 6.00 - 8.00pm at the Sharrow Community forum at The Old Junior School, South View Road, Sheffield, S7 1DB. This is a great opportunity for anyone who might be interested in the role to hear from current PCDA officers and our Talent Acquisition team.

If you would like to attend, sign up for your free place here.

If you already have a degree - Police Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

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 Police Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) (PC) programme is currently closed.

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.

This entry route is currently closed.

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.

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