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Warwickshire student officer recruitment


Apply to join Warwickshire Police

If you enjoy facing challenges and solving problems and would like to contribute to keeping your community safe while developing a wider range of skills, then policing could be for you. Few jobs can be more rewarding than that of a police officer: from day one you'll be helping to fight crime and protecting people from harm.

You'll quickly find that no two days are the same. Policing is challenging and rewarding. As a police constable, you'll get to learn new skills, meet new people and set out on a career path that could see you specialise as a firearms officer, dog handler, traffic cop, detective or the trusted, familiar face of Warwickshire Police in the community. We have a strong family ethos, where our friendly teams work closely together to get the job done and where you will be treated as a valued member of the team from day one. In return, you'll receive a starting salary of £23,585, rising to £39,150 within your first seven years.

What's more, Warwickshire is a great place to live and work, combining densely-populated urban areas within a rich rural landscape. From historic market towns such as Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon and attractions such as Warwick Castle, to modern shopping in Rugby and Nuneaton or browsing the boutiques in elegant Royal Leamington Spa, there is something for everyone. Excellent transport links and a central location mean that this is an area which is easy to get to from any part of the country, while the close proximity to the West Midlands metropolitan area brings its own attractions.

But don't just take our word for it - take look at what some of our police constables had to say about working for Warwickshire Police.

Here's what we want

Good communicators with a calm, confident personality; problem solvers; team players; and people who easily build relationships, respect other people and appreciate views from communities across the region. If this is you, we would like to hear from you.

Before you apply

We would recommend that you read the minimum eligibility criteria before you apply - in particular, please note:

  • You must not have a conviction as an adult or juvenile (although some minor offences and cautions may not exclude you)
  • You must not have tattoos on your face, neck, top of the hand, palms or fingers or any which could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues
  • You must be physically fit and not have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of under 18 or over 30. You will not be medically cleared for appointment whilst your BMI is outside this range
  • You must be aged at least 18 years old
  • You must hold a full UK driving licence.


  • Minimum qualification - you must have a Level 3 qualification (i.e.two A-Levels at grade A-E, or an equivalent to a Level 3 qualification if gained outside England or Wales)


Previous relevant experience, such as:

  • A police role, such as Police Community Support Officer (with minimum two years' service) or Special Constable (with one year service and/or independent patrol, consistently completed for 16 hours per month and up to date with all mandatory training)
  • Military service personnel with an exemplary disciplinary record and who have successfully completed the minimum term of service in the armed forces, or are six - nine months away from their last day of service. If you don't meet the minimum criteria, please contact our recruitment team to discuss your circumstances
  • In the emergency services or other extensive experience in public-facing roles, in which communication, engagement, problem-solving, negotiation and conflict management skills have been developed, such as  paramedics, emergency control room staff or probation officers. We will consider these applications on a case by case basis.

How to apply

  • Stage 1 - Online pre-application test, consisting of job related review and eligibility, behavioural styles test and situational judgement test. To begin your application, click here
  • Stage 2 - Online application form to be completed following these tests and submitted to the Recruitment Team.

You can only apply to one force at any time. If you have applied and are going through the recruitment process with another force and would like to transfer this application to Warwickshire Police, please contact the Recruitment Team via

Recruitment is anticipated to close imminently, with the intention that applicants applying now will be appointed in early 2019. We encourage applicants to complete each stage of the process outlined above as promptly as possible.

If you have already applied to us, please wait for the Recruitment Team to contact you about your application and the next stage of the recruitment process.

New police constable student officer programme

Warwickshire Police is one of the early adopters of the new police constable student officer programme, which will have will have three ways of entering the role of police officer:

  • Apprenticeship. Recruits join as a student officer, and follow an apprenticeship in policing, meaning that they earn while they learn. This route normally takes three years with both on and off-the-job learning. On successfully finishing the programme, recruits complete their probation and achieve a recognised and accredited degree in Professional Policing Practice from an approved university.

  • Degree-holder Entry. If recruits have a degree in a relevant subject, they can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning. This route normally takes two years, and the learning is recognised with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice from an approved university.

  • Pre-join Degree. If recruits wish to study first, they can do a three year Degree in Professional Policing as a standard student at a university of their choosing, and then apply to the force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme from a College of Policing accredited higher education institution. Being a special constable can be included in this route.

In spring 2019, we will begin recruiting student police officers via the new programme and cease training of police officers via the current Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) route. Warwickshire Police is working alongside colleagues in West Mercia Police, Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Police to procure an approved university to deliver the new Professional Policing Practice qualifications. We are working with the university on implementation of the new entry routes and the first intake is planned for September 2019. If you are interested in applying to become a police officer via the new student officer programme, please register your interest now.

Police Now Detective Programme

Warwickshire Police is working with Police Now to run a new two year programme to offer up to 10 outstanding individuals the opportunity to train as detective constables. The Police Now Detective Programme allows us to reach out to talented graduates from many fields who may have not have considered working in policing, yet have the skills and experience for a successful long-term career as a detective. This pioneering scheme is designed to alleviate the nationwide shortage of investigative officers, supporting frontline detectives to tackle some of the most harmful criminal activity within Warwickshire's communities. Applicants will need at least two years' work experience, reflecting the fact this is not an entry-level role, as well as an undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above. Applications close on 30 April 2019.