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This is the start of an exciting and rewarding journey that could take you anywhere

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 3,800 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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Special Constables

Your route to becoming a police officer

Police Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme

Starting salary: £26,679

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 Degree Apprenticeship

Starting salary: £24,777

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

Expected salary £26,679

To qualify for the Detective DHEP, you must have a bachelor’s degree or be in your last year of study in Criminology, Law, Social Work, Psychology or related subjects.  

Or you are PIP2 qualified or working towards accreditation by end of April 2023 and already hold a bachelor’s degree (level 6) in any subject.​​​​

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Detective Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme

Do you have a keen eye for detail?
Are you prepared to challenge assumptions and not take information at face value?


As a police detective, the most serious crimes land on your desk. You’re the key role responsible for bringing justice to victims impacted by crime. You need the resilience to overcome obstacles, the clarity to never take things at face value, and the ability to communicate with people from all walks of life and gain their trust.

Each case is unique, and often relies upon the quality of the evidence, the emotional state of the victims, your ability to persuade and influence, and persevere right up until the end. Cases can be a lengthy process, and you’ll learn to maintain relationships and deal with setbacks caused by failures.

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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 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. 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:

3pm

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!

3.15pm

Briefing

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

3.30pm

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.

3.40pm

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. 

3.45pm

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.

5pm

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. 

5.30pm

Paperwork

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

6pm

Domestic Violence Suspect

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

7.30pm

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.

7.35pm

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.

8pm

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. 

8.30pm

Caught a break

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

8.50pm

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.

8.25pm

Vehicle recovered

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

8.35pm

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. 

9pm

Arrest made

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

9.15pm

Custody

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

9.45pm

Suspect booked in

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

10pm

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. 

10.30pm

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. 

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.

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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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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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