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What you could be doing | Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP)

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Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP)

This route is to join our PCEP programme, it is a two-year long training programme. You will spend the first 20-22 weeks in our training centre, learning about law and legislation, officer safety training, investigative skills, safeguarding vulnerable people, operational skills and power, community and partnership working, IT systems and undertaking a job-related fitness test. As you leave the training centre, you will then go on to your allocated station. You will spend ten weeks with a tutor constable who will monitor and assess your progress, then you will go onto independent patrols and continued to be assessed for the remainder of the two-year programme.

After 30-32 weeks you’ll reach independent patrol status and you’ll be allocated to a station for the remainder of your two-year programme where you will learn ‘on the job’. In Year 2, you will receive a further 5 weeks of classroom-based learning designed to strengthen critical thinking and problem solving in the operational Policing arena. The program will culminate in summative assessments of your knowledge and operational learning and practice, leading to full operational competence and confirmation in rank. You’ll be fully supported and given everything you need to succeed.

Throughout your training your leave will be pre-booked. If you have any prior holidays or arrangements, throughout this period, we will not be able to accommodate these and will not be able to offer you a place on this cohort. This route is only available to individuals who hold 2 A levels or a level 3 qualification or in their final year of study.

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Is the role for you?

While being a police officer is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding, it’s also hugely varied and incredibly rewarding. Of course, it’s vital that you’re the right person for the job. This tool will help you to explore your suitability and make a reasonably informed decision about whether or not to apply.

Please note, this tool is a guide, not a definitive statement about your suitability.

Explore your suitability

What do you need?

All applicants must be a UK Citizen, EU Citizen with EU Settled or Pre-settled Status, a Commonwealth Citizen or Foreign National with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom. Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have lived here for the three years immediately preceding your application.

You can apply if you:


  • Hold 2 A levels or a level 3 that is equivalent qualification in any subject or are in your last year of study.
  • Or are a current serving PCSO, who has completed your professional development plan, passed your probationary period, served 12 months in post and you are up to date with all mandatory training at the time of submitting your application.
  • Or are a current serving Special Constable who has attained independent patrol status at the time of application, who is consistently completing sixteen hours per month and is up to date with all mandatory training.
  • Or are a current serving NIO, who has attained a PIP1 qualification, passed your probationary period, served 12 months in post and you are up to date with all mandatory training at the time of submitting your application.

You must also be 17 years old and over on the date of submitting your application and 18 years old on appointment.

Education requirements

To join via this route, you need 2 A levels or equivalent level 3 qualification  (or be awarded at the start of pre-employment checks).

Check our Qualifications Guide to find out which qualifications are required for this role.

Driving Licence

You must hold a full UK/EU valid manual driving licence at pre-employment stage which is typically 16 weeks prior to the cohort start date.

Fitness Level Requirements

You’ll need to pass a Job-Related Fitness Test (JRFT9) to check your fitness levels. This test determines whether you’re fit for the job and ready for Officer Safety Training, where you’ll learn to protect yourself and others. You’ll also be asked to take a running test (known as a multi-stage shuttle run or bleep test) to level 5:4.

Health Requirements

You’ll need to undergo a medical assessment to make sure you’re healthy enough for the intense training. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. To understand the medical process in more detail watch the video below.

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Our Occupational Health and Wellbeing Team will generally carry out the assessment. They’ll check:

- Body Mass Index (BMI)

- Eyesight

- Colour vision

- Lung function

- Hearing

You’ll also be asked to complete a confidential medical history questionnaire. Depending on your medical history, we may have to contact your GP/specialist for further information. Once you have been declared medically fit, we’ll progress your application to the next stage.

You can check your Body Mass Index at or find out more about healthy eating at

Background Checks

You must declare any previous spent and unspent convictions and have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance. Applicants with cautions, convictions or reprimands, other than some motoring offences, may not be accepted.

What we can offer you



As a police or detective constable you’ll receive an expected starting salary of £28,551. After seven years your expected salary will be £46,044.

Annual Leave

Annual Leave

We recognise the hard work and effort of all our staff by making sure they’re adequately rewarded with time off. As a police officer, you’ll receive 22 days’ holiday, rising to 30 days according to length of service. (This is in addition to public holidays).

We also provide a number of other forms of leave, including maternity, paternity and adoption leave, special leave with and without pay, carers leave, parental leave and career breaks of up to five years.

Flexible working

Flexible working

Nine-to-five isn’t for everyone. That’s why we encourage flexible working. Flexible working patterns that help you balance your working life with other commitments and interests you may have. While there’s normally a qualifying period, we’ll always look at each case individually and on its own merits. We’ll consider all requests and try to accommodate them provided they fit in with operational demands.

In short, we strive to be a flexible employer, but we expect you to be flexible too. For example, you couldn't suddenly stop and go home in the middle of a suspect interview or while taking a victim statement just because your scheduled shift has ended.

When it comes to shifts, the good news is that you'll be advised of your shift pattern a year in advance. This allows you to plan your work-life balance accordingly. It’s all part of our commitment to providing a healthy working environment and improving the quality of life of everyone who works with us.



You’ll be encouraged to join a contributory health scheme and enjoy other benefits that include free eye tests and glasses, if you’re a regular computer user.

Personal support and advice

Personal support and advice

We believe in looking after our people – and their families – in every way that we can. As well as a range of comprehensive support initiatives to help with your personal welfare and that of your family, we offer occupational health and welfare counselling, from psychotherapy to financial guidance. We also run a number of development and mentoring schemes. And, as, as a member of the Police Federation and staff associations, you can be confident that the support and representation you need, should you need is, is there for you.

Sports and social

Sports and social

Our active Derbyshire Constabulary Sports Club is a hive of social and sporting activities. Indeed, there's always something new to try. Whether you enjoy playing in a team, are keenly competitive or simply looking for some satisfying sport at your own level, you can choose between tournaments and team games in sports that range from rugby to snooker.

As a Sports Club member, you’ll enjoy full exclusive access to our fitness suites too, while 'Days Out' corporate tickets are also available, allowing access for you and your family into places such as Chatsworth, Twycross Zoo, White Post Farm, and many more.

You can join the Sports Club for £5 per month. Membership is open to Police Officers and Police Staff, both serving and retired, as well as serving members of the Special Constabulary. It's easy to join with direct payment from your salary. And membership allows you to bring your family along with you as well.

Career progression

On completing probation, the following career path is available. As a Police Constable, you’ll be able to apply for specialist units. To find out more visit the College of Policing career pathways portal.


Police/Detective Constable

Starting rank.



Responsible for a team of constables.



Typically oversee a shift of Constables and Sergeants.

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Chief Inspector

Manages a specific geographical area.



Oversee a large department such as Specialist Operations.

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Chief Superintendent

Responsible for a specific function such as Crime and Intelligence.

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Assistant Chief Constable

Responsible for a business area such as Crime and Operations.

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Deputy Chief Constable

Deputy and support for the Chief Constable.

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Chief Constable

Responsible for the effective running of Derbyshire Constabulary.

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What may hold you back?

You cannot apply to become a police officer with us if you:


  • Have had an application turned down by a police force in the last three months at any stage of the national process. The national process includes CBQ, National Sift, Online assessment, fitness test and pre-employment checks.
  • Have been or are a member of a group or extreme political organisation such as BNP, National Front or Combat 18 that stirs up racial hatred and violence, a proscribed terrorist organisation/group or a similar organisation.
  • Are waiting to appear in court or have any serious convictions or recent cautions, bind-overs or findings of guilt.
  • Misuse drugs, solvents or anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits.
  • Have tattoos on your face, neck or hands that could cause offence. If you have a tattoo, you’ll be asked to provide a description and photographs of the tattoo. The nature, location, size, prominence and appearance of tattoos will be considered.
  • Have any current County Court Judgements (CCJs) against you, or are the subject of an Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA). If you’ve been registered bankrupt, you may only apply if it is at least three years since the date your debts were discharged.
  • If you have previously held the position of police officer you will not be eligible to apply for this route.
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What you could experience as a police officer

Life as a police officer is hugely varied. From community initiatives and minor offence calls, through to major incidents or immediate response calls. When we say no two days are the same, we really mean it. Here's an insight as to what you could expect on shift:


Shift starts

First job: make a tea for tasking. It may be the only chance for a sit down cuppa this shift so got to get it in!



My tasks for the day, maybe one or two assigned incidents that could involve domestics, missing people, etc.


Equipment check

Next up is an equipment check. We check our equipment every shift to be sure we're as prepared as possible for the shift ahead of us.


Road traffic Collison

The first call of the shift comes in as a RTC. Time to get our blue lights on and get down to the scene. 


At the scene

We arrive at the scene and it appears to be a minor RTC with no injury. We take statements, run checks and support partner agencies in clearing the road.


Aggressive male

A new call comes in about an agressive male in a near by street, we head straight there to calm the situation down and move the male along. 



It's back to the station to fill out the paperwork for the incidents of the shift so far. It's good to try and keep on top of it throughout the shift if we can


Domestic Violence Suspect

Intelligence has come in about a suspected domestic violence suspect's wherabouts, back out to attempt arrest. 


Time for a break

The suspect wasn't at the location and after a search of the surrounding area it's time for a break to grab some food.


Missing Person

The food will have to wait! A new call for a high risk missing person has come in. We join a number of other teams in the search around the loacl area.


ASB checks

The missing person is found safe and well, thankfully - it doesn't always end this way. While we are in the area we do a patrol of a well known Anti-Social Behaviour spot. 


Caught a break

We finally get our break! We get the chance to eat and recharge.


Stolen vehicle found

Our break gets cut short as intelligence comes in about a stolen vehicle being found. It's not far away from the station but we have to move now because we don't know how long it will be there for.


Vehicle recovered

The vehicle is recovered and the owner is notified. We'll take that as a win for this shift!


Final call

We get what turns out to be the final call of the shift; a drunk person making threats of violence to members of the public. Time for the blue lights again. 


Arrest made

We arrest the suspect at the scene on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly. 



We head to custody where there is a queue for booking in, so we wait. 


Suspect booked in

We complete the booking in process at the custody suite, handing over the details to the custody officer.


Back to the station

It's back to the station in time for end of shift, but there's paperwork to be done before we clock off. 


End of shift

Only half an hour later than planned today! It's time to clock off and head home for a rest. Tomorrow's a new shift, and who knows what it'll bring. 

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Our approach to recruitment

We’re proud to employ some of the very best talent in the Derbyshire and beyond. Their talent and dedication are what make our force so successful. In order to select those people, we apply an objective process and provide a world-class candidate experience. Our process is built on ensuring equality of opportunity for all and appointing the best person for the job.

Our recruitment process for police officers, Specials and PCSOs
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