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Warwickshire student officer recruitment

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 an attractive starting salary, pension and a whole host of benefits.

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 or the front of your neck, or any which could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues. Other visible tattoos such as on the back of the neck, forearms and hands, will be permissible as long as they are deemed to be appropriate and inoffensive, maintaining a professional image. These will be assessed on a case by case basis.
  • You must be physically fit and should have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 18 - 30, although if your BMI falls outside of this range, this may not preclude you. If you have a medical condition, please check your likely suitability on the recommended medical standards
  • You must be aged at least 18 years old
  • You must hold a full UK driving licence.

Which police officer entry route is most suitable for you?

There are two entry routes available to you:


Apply for the Police Officer Recruitment Programme

You will be trained through the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP), which includes 16 weeks of classroom based learning, 10 week tutor patrol period, and independent patrol with regular reviews to complete a total of two year probationary period. In return, you will receive a starting salary of £23,585.

To apply for the Police Officer Recruitment Programme, 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) OR 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)
  • In the military with an exemplary disciplinary record, having successfully completed the minimum term of service in the armed forces, or six - nine months away from your 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.

Please note that this entry route is anticipated to close permanently for applications in spring 2019, so if you wish to apply through this route please complete your application as soon as possible.


Apply for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

Warwickshire Police is one of the early adopters of the new police constable degree apprenticeship, with a starting salary of £21,000. You will complete a three year apprenticeship that involves on and off-the-job learning. On successfully finishing the programme, you complete your probation and achieve a recognised and accredited degree in Professional Policing Practice from Staffordshire University. Your university tuition fees will be paid for.

To apply for the police constable degree apprenticeship, you must have:

  • Level 2 qualification (i.e. GCSE grade 9-4 or A*-C, or an equivalent to a Level 3 qualification if gained outside England or Wales) in English and Math subjects
  • Willing to attain a Level 3 qualification or equivalent to hold 64 UCAS points prior to appointment
  • If you already have a degree, you could be eligible for the Degree-holder Entry Programme. Recruits join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning, with a starting salary of £22,000. This route normally takes two years, and the learning is recognised with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice from Staffordshire University.

Click here to learn more about the student officer programme qualifications, read our FAQs or take a look at this video from the College of Policing if you want to know more about entry routes, eligibility and recognition of experience.  

To apply, take our online pre-application test, consisting of job-related review and eligibility, behavioural styles test and situational judgement test. To begin your application, click here.

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

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