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We are now recruiting for police officers through our Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) and our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).

The DHEP allows the conversion of a degree into a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice, while the PCDA involves studying a fully-funded degree apprenticeship.

Apply for DHEP or PCDA or find out more about the routes to becoming a police officer.

The role of a Police Officer

The role of a police officer is critical in maintaining public safety and order and you will handle things most people never experience in their lives.

PC Joe Woolf

Your mental, emotional and physical capabilities will be tested as you deal with difficult and, on occasion, violent individuals.

At times you will be working alone on patrol and you will maintain a professional approach throughout, no matter what the situation. You’ll be part of a unique organisation, working with inspiring colleagues who understand the risks and rewards of the job.

You’ll be highly trained and well-supported throughout your service as you help countless people through some of the most difficult situations they have faced, supporting victims and witnesses and providing reassurance in the community.


Recruitment Update for Police Officers – COVID 19

In light of COVID-19 we wanted to update you on the current position for the continuation of our recruitment processes.

Welcoming future police officers is as important as ever and recruiting individuals that are passionate about making a difference to the communities we serve.

We are making some changes to some of the recruitment elements in our process to be able to do these virtually, some of which are already in place and some to get in place as quickly as we can. Local forces are now running virtual interviews and we are working with the College of Policing on a virtual national force assessment centre which we expect to be ready in the coming weeks. This means a change for the timeframe of the process and we will keep you up to date with the progress of your application.

Our recruitment team are committed to supporting you and appreciate current circumstances may mean more questions, so please drop us a note with any questions you have at:

We look forward to receiving your application and progressing the ones we have already received!


Entry routes

The recruitment and training process for police officers in Cambridgeshire has changed and we are operating the 'Policing Education Qualifications Framework' (PEQF) in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University.


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