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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.

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

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.

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.

Open Evening recruitment events

To find out more, we are hosting recruitment events in Leek Wootton, near Warwick, on 12 December and in Rugby on 13 December 2018.  These events will be informative and supportive; you will have the opportunity to ask questions of our police officers to find out about what the job is really like, and our recruitment and other support teams will be on site to answer process-related queries. You can book your place now.

Direct Entry at Inspector

The Direct Entry Programme from the College of Policing offers people from middle management backgrounds but without any previous policing experience to join Warwickshire Police at Inspector level, through a fast paced 18 month programme. Applications open on 7 January 2019 and close on 18 February 2019 - go to our Direct Entry page to find out more.

But don't just take our word for it...

Here's what a recent intake of new officers had to say about their experiences of joining Warwickshire Police.

PC Tracey Simpson said: "After 15 years in business I decided I wanted to do a job that was meaningful and one that made me feel proud to go to work. I started looking at joining the police and specifically wanted to be part of Warwickshire Police. I am loving the training and cannot wait to get out there and work within the community! I am an older recruit at 38, but age should never stop anyone from thinking about changing their career. If you want something badly enough, you will make it work."

PC Tom Poole said: "When I was six years old, it struck a nerve seeing first-hand what the effects of crime had on my close friends and family and I wanted to do something about it. From then, I couldn't remember the time where I didn't want to be a police officer. Despite waiting to get in, it has been completely worth it and I honestly feel I am at my best, helping the public and helping to keep the peace."

PC Sophie Reading said: "I joined the police to make a difference. I want to be able to help and protect people during the most difficult times of their life. Every day is different and I want to do a job I love and want to get out of bed in the morning for."

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:

  • Cautions and convictions - you must not have a conviction as an adult or juvenile (although some minor offences and cautions may not exclude you)
  • Tattoos - 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
  • Fitness - 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


  • Minimum qualification - you must have a level 3 qualification (i.e. 2 A levels A-C grade or equivalent)


Previous relevant experience, such as:

  • A police role, such as Police Community Support Officer or Special Constable (minimum period of service applies)
  • Military service personnel (SP) who have served a minimum of five years in the armed forces, and also SP that are between six - nine months away from their last day of service, with an exemplary disciplinary record
  • Emergency services or other relevant public-facing experience - for example, 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
  • Situational judgement test

To begin your application click here

Stage 2 - Online application form to be completed 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 for further information 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.