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Being a police officer

Join Derbyshire Constabulary and you could soon be helping to protect a population of over a million people and serving alongside over 3,700 colleagues across the county. You’ll also work with the most innovative technology around as you do your bit to help 'Make Derbyshire Safer Together'.

Being a police officer will give you some of the proudest days of your life, whether you're protecting the vulnerable, saving lives or simply making the community where you work feel safe. It’s exciting, demanding and vitally important work.

Not only will you be representing the diverse communities we serve, you’ll be part of one big inclusive family where you’ll make a difference, every day.

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Information Webinar

To support our Police Officer recruitment we are holding a Webinar to give you information about the role. Click on the link below to book a place.

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31st May 2022 at 17:30

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Your route to becoming a police officer

Police Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme

Starting salary: £24,777

If you have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) or in your final year of study in any subject area, this could be your route to a fulfilling future career as a police officer.

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Police Constable - Initial Police Learning & Development Programme

This is the route to join us as a Police Officer, without a degree level qualification.

This is a 2 year long training programme to become a fully-fledged Police Officer, this route is available to individuals who hold/working towards a Level 3 qualification or have relevant work experience.

Applications now open

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

Starting salary: £19,164

If you have a level 2 qualification grade C/4 or above in (Maths/English) and a level 3 or two A levels this is an exciting opportunity.

We look for ambitious individuals to become paid police officers while also gaining a BA Honours degree in Professional Policing.

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Detective Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme

Join us as an operational officer it's a unique role with unique demands that are ever-changing. You need to be adaptable to change and ready to think on your feet.

This is a 2 year long training programme to become a fully fledged Police Officer, this route available to individuals who hold a Level 3 qualification or are in their final of year of studying.

You will spend the first 30 weeks in training school, learning about law and legislation, officer safety training, IT systems and undertaking a job-related fitness test. You can then apply the skills learnt and continue to develop in the role of an operational police officer.

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Bring your skills to Derbyshire

This is an exciting time to be working for us. Policing in Derbyshire is a challenge like no other, and will bring new opportunities for even the most experienced officer. Expand your skills and build an exceptional career here with us, set against the backdrop of working in one of England's most exciting counties.

The size, diversity and importance of our organisation means that we have a huge range of potential career paths, spanning different areas of policing and specialisms. Working with you to understand your skill-set we will post you based on your needs and ours.

Find out about our transferee opportunities

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The recruitment process

Our selection process is simple – you're already an experienced officer and that speaks volumes! Once you've submitted your application form, we'll review this to understand your expertise and experience to match you to a role. As part of this we'll check you meet our eligibility criteria – if you're a current serving officer who is meeting the day-to-day requirements of their role, you'll likely have no issue here.

We'll review your situation when you apply and guide you through anything you need to do and through our pre-employment process. If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend our HQ in Ripley for an assessment. This may include an interview and a presentation. We will provide you with full details prior to your attendance.

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How you'll be trained

We arrange an induction for you, so you can get to know us. We'll arrange any relevant training courses for you to help you settle into your new position. You will likely notice a change in pace and demand through your training, but you will be able to call upon your own experience and the support of others around you through this period. There will be highly experienced and skilled officers around you who will always be there to help or assist.

Beyond your initial training, we aim to support the continuous professional development of our officers. There is a wide range of development prospects at Derbyshire Constabulary, whether promotional or a lateral move. Upon transferring to us, you can be confident you’ll be working with a professional team of people. We are committed to working together to ensure we deliver on our promises of making our diverse communities safer.

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Entry Requirements

In order to transfer to us, you will need to:

  • be serving (or have served) with a Home Office force. Officers from non-Home Office forces will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Officers wishing to transfer must have completed their probationary period and currently employed at a national force.
  • officers wishing to transfer must have completed their probationary period and currently employed at a national force.
  • have no outstanding disciplinary or integrity issues.
  • have resided in the UK for three years immediately prior to submitting your application
  • hold a full manual driving licence.
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What do you need?

All applicants must be a UK Citizen, EU Citizen with EU 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 must also be between 17 and 57 years old on the date of submitting your application.

  • To get on the scheme, you’re going to need a College of Policing accredited degree in Professional Policing at the time of applying or in your final year of study and awarded in summer 2022.

    To be able to apply you must have completed your Degree in Professional Policing within five years of graduation.

Driving Licence

You must hold a full UK/EU valid manual driving licence at the start of pre-employment checks.

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.

Get yourself ready for the test with our useful guide.

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

Body Mass Index (BMI)
Colour vision
Lung function

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 www.nhs.uk or find out more about healthy eating at www.nhs.uk/change4life

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 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 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. They must be in line with the College of Policing’s Code of Ethics and Standards of professional behaviour
  • 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.

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. No two days are the same. We asked an experienced police officer what they could experience in a typical day.



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



I’ll also be given background info from the previous shift. Then it’s time for my first cuppa!


Leave the station

My radio’s probably burst into life now, so I’ll head out on the beat.


Road traffic initiative

I’m often working with the safer neighbourhood teams or going on proactive patrols.


Minor offence call

Sometimes we receive intelligence that suggests that a minor incident may have led to more serious offences. We always follow up.


Major incident call

A major incident like Whaley Bridge may mean that we’re working with other forces. My new mobile office means that I can work wherever I am.


Professional development

You’re constantly learning here, so I could have a training or refresher course booked in.



After a busy morning, it’s time for lunch or a coffee break – taken when I can, normally in the car.


Immediate response call

A house has been burgled within the last five minutes. We’re a couple of minutes away so we blue light it in the direction the burglar was last seen.


Victim support

We can’t find a trace of the burglar so we go to speak to the victim to see what support we can give them. The incident details will be passed to CID, who’ll take up the case.


A quick brew

Time to recharge the batteries.


Community call

A young child is locked in a car in Derby and mum is understandably concerned.


Supporting the mother

Mum tries to coax the child to press the car key to unlock the door. She gets some sweets and we offer him a seat in a police car – but neither works!


The need to act

I smash a door window with a baton and the young boy’s safe and well, and soon back with mum.


Back to the station

I head back to base, download any bodycam footage and pack my kit away for the day.


End of shift

You don’t always finish on time - policing’s like that! But typically it’s the end of a very rewarding and eventful day.

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
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Investing in your development

A respected career

As with any diverse workplace, we’ll train you to be a first-class police officer. Joining Derbyshire Constabulary as a new police constable is the start of an exciting and rewarding journey that could take you anywhere. You’ll be learning on the job from experienced colleagues and putting your training into practice - dealing with everything from robbery, burglary to missing people and domestic incidents.

You will be introduced to the community in which you will work. In addition to legislation you will learn about local police operational delivery and how you can make an impact on community concerns and problems.

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Investing in your development

Developing your skills

This will be supported by training from our in-house team who will introduce you to the police service and will focus on attitudes, behaviours, ethics and values. It will provide you with the necessary understanding of how to conduct safe interactions with members of our communities.

You will be taught first aid, officer safety and given health and safety training. You will also learn about professional standards, race and diversity, basic technology applications and social/community issues. You will be introduced to topics such as crime, traffic, investigative skills, fraud and powers of arrest.

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Investing in your development

Beyond being a constable

After completing your probationary period and becoming a police constable, we offer a range of training and continuing professional development opportunities to help make the most of your skills.

Be a force people leader and help shape and inspire a team or build upon your experience and move into a variety of specialist roles, each with competitive salaries and excellent benefits. The availability of these roles will depend on which departments have vacancies - whether it’s dog handling, firearms, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), there are hundreds of potential career opportunities. To find out more, please visit our department pages.

Meet some of the team

Stefan Bancroft, Police Constable

I always wanted to be a police officer. My grandfather was also a part of Derbyshire Constabulary, so joining felt right. I’m part of the newly formed Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship. The Constabulary funds the degree, so there’s no student loan to worry about. What’s more, the extra input I receive from the trainers means I regularly get opportunities to further develop professionally. 

There’s a really supportive structure in place too. It feels like an extended family. I’ve not been here long so the whole environment is fresh and new, but I’m constantly presented with an array of new challenges and jobs. 

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Meet some of the team

Jason Potts, Police Constable – Roads Policing Unit

I joined the force back in 1992 as a Response Car Driver. During my time in that role I helped save someone’s life. It remains one of my proudest moments. I’ve been in my current job for over 20 years, but I’m still as enthusiastic and inspired to do my best as I’ve ever been. 

I’ve investigated many fatal collisions and serious offences. A lot of cases have challenged me professionally and moved me on a personal level. It can be a difficult and frustrating job at times, but working with like-minded people and producing positive results makes it all worthwhile. The people who work here are a credit to the force.

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Meet some of the team

Dai Holmes, Response Officer in Nottinghamshire

See what Dai has to say in conversation with the College of Policing when discussing his life as a response officer in Nottinghamshire.

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We celebrate diversity

Our community is incredibly diverse, so we should be, too. That’s why we’re working hard to build an inclusive workforce, where you can be yourself. Whoever you are. Wherever you’re from. We are currently under-represented in a number of areas and recognise that this message needs to reach talented individuals who can add diverse skills and experiences to our organisation.

If you are black or from an ethnic minority, or if you identify as LGBT+, or have a disability, or if you are female and would like to hear more about becoming a police officer and the support we can offer you please contact us.

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