New Police Constable 2024

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
29/02/2024 23:59
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Employment Location:
TS17 6QW
Closing date:
29 Feb
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Police Constable with Cleveland Police

Have you ever thought of being a Police Constable? With a starting salary of £28,551 plus a large variety of benefits, staff associations and generous pension scheme, there may never have been a better time to join. Interested? Please apply below!

As a Police Constable you'll play a vital role in ensuring that the communities of Cleveland are kept safe. It isn’t easy but it is rewarding and can be a career like no other. We want people to join us who have a range of life experiences and backgrounds; it is vitality important that we represent all the communities that we serve.

We are very excited to announce we are launching some new entry routes into Cleveland Police, founded on effective work performance with academic achievement. They cover areas that are critical to effective policing in the 21st century such as evidence-based policing, supporting vulnerable people, dealing with cybercrime and crime prevention.

As a force we offer number training routes, please note you are completing an application to be a Police Constable not for a specific route:

Police constable entry programme (PCEP)

The PCEP is a new entry programme that does not require you to study for a qualification during probation. This route normally takes two years, after which, if you successfully complete probation, you become a PC. As set out in Police Regulation 10 (opens an external website in the same tab), you are likely to need a level 3 (opens an external website in the same tab) qualification to join (two A-levels or the equivalent).


Here you will already have achieved a degree in professional policing which is a professional academic knowledge-based degree, based on the national curriculum for the police constable role. You will need to have already graduated within the last 5 years before applying to join us.

Degree Holder Programme (DHEP)

The DHEP route is where you already have an undergraduate degree in any subject, you’ll join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning. This route normally takes two years, and the learning you have undergone is recognised in a graduate diploma in professional policing practice when you complete your probation.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

During your training as an officer, you will also gain a BSc Degree in Professional Policing Practice, which will be recognised internationally. Your formal training will take place alongside your practical work in one of our many policing teams across Cleveland.

Required Academic Qualifications for the PCDA:

To be eligible for this route you will have achieved:

• Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths for example a GCSE or iGCSE at grade C (level 4) or above, Functional Skills Level 2, Key Skills Level 2 (Communication and / or Literacy) or Adult Numeracy / Literacy PLUS

• Level 3 qualification(s) in any subject(s) that equate to 80 UCAS points (or a full level 5 qualification and above can also be taken into consideration) – these points could be from your A Levels, Level 3 Diplomas, and an International Baccalaureate to name a few. Please check your UCAS points here OR

• Be in the final year of a Level 3 qualification (close to completing your Level 3 qualification) and be predicted to achieve a minimum of 80 UCAS points, unfortunately if you do not achieve the 80 points, we will be required to decline your interest.

If you meet the Level 2 requirements but do not have the level 3 requirements listed above, we may be able to accept significant and equivalent work experience in its place.

Please note that higher educational qualifications such as a degree cannot be used in place of the Level 2 qualifications.

Lots of your learning will be completed ‘on the job’ and face-to-face classroom which will be based at Teesside University.

You can select more than one route based on you meeting the eligibility requirements. The final decision will be made by the Cleveland Police Recruitment Team based on your qualifications and the route available at the time when your checks are completed on which route you will be offered.

Am I eligible to be a Police Constable?

The people of Cleveland deserve an excellent service, so we are looking for the best people to join us and demonstrate our values. But there’s some formal stuff you’ll need to have too, and it’s really important to make sure you meet the eligibility criteria:

You must also:

• be 17 years of age or older (you must be 18 by the time you are appointed)

• be a British citizen, a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK and free from restrictions
have a full manual driving license, with 6 months driving experience when appointed

• be able pass the vetting requirements

• have been resident in the UK for the past three years (for vetting purposes)

• not have tattoos on your hands, neck, forearms or face that could be offensive

• not be registered bankrupt (or have bankruptcy debts that have been discharged within the past three years). If you have any other outstanding and unmanageable debts, please contact us for more information

• be able to pass a job-related fitness test

• be able to pass a medical assessment

For more information on joining Cleveland Police please read the attached guidance document. For frequently asked question please click here.

Should you not meet the requirements above we will be required to decline your application.

We are only running a small number of cohorts for each route so should you be interested in a specific programme then please be aware any pre-agreed time off during your initial training will not be agreed and it won’t be possible to defer.

Please do not apply if you already have an application in with Cleveland Police.

Please do not apply if you have been a regret at any point during the recruitment process within the last 3 months. If you have failed vetting previously you will need to wait 12 months before reapplying from the date the unsuccessful vetting was issued.

Cleveland Police is committed to improving the diversity of its workforce to better reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from all minority groups and individuals who identify with one or more of the protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010. All appointments will be made on merit.