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New routes into policing

New routes into policing - coming 2021

To ensure we prepare our new police officers for the demands and complex challenges of modern day policing we will be moving to a new educational route into policing.

In 2021 the new route will enable officers to gain a degree apprenticeship. This route involves on the job training to become a police officer but with the benefit of gaining a fully funded degree, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University.

There will be three options available:

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

This is a three year professional degree apprenticeship.  Upon completion, successful candidates will achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice.  The Force will cover the full cost of the degree programme.

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

The Degree Holder Entry Programme is for those who already hold a degree in any subject area.  This is a two-year academic and practice based programme with our education partner, Anglia Ruskin University.  Upon completion, successful candidates will also achieve a Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.  The Force will cover the full cost of the degree programme.

Pre-join Degree

The Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing Practice is for those who choose to complete the degree at a Higher Education Institution of their choosing, at their own cost. 

Candidates recruited via this route will also undertake academic and practice based training to develop specific skills, assessed against national assessment criteria and operational competence.  To be successful you will need to meet our minimum entry requirements and demonstrate a passion and commitment to providing a first class policing service to our communities.

Entry Requirements for our new routes into Policing:

A Level 3 qualification, or equivalent experience that typically equates to 2 A Levels at Grade C. 

For candidates that have relevant experience but may not have A levels, we will ask you to complete an online assessment and have a further discussion with you. 

An example of relevant experience would typically include two years or more in the following roles; Armed Forces, Nursing/Care Sector, Social Work, Youth Work, Charity Work, Teaching, Experience in justice & law enforcement sectors, Police Staff – specifically custody, public contact, demand hub, enquiry office and investigative roles, PCSO or Special Constable, Criminal Justice sector/CPS/Courts, Border Force, Prison Service, Local Authority experience involving close and sustained working with police, Emergency services – ambulance/fire, Experience of cyber/digital and financial fraud crimes or roles which have focused on promotion of equality of opportunity and inclusion.

If you would like to find out more about our new entry routes, we would be happy to hear from you, please contact us via email

Please note these options will be live in 2021 and we are still activiely recruiting police officers through our current route into policing.  

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