Police Officers

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 There are two entry routes to becoming a Police Officer with West Yorkshire Police:

  • The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships (PCDA) for people who do not have a degree.
    This has a starting salary of £23,556 increasing to a minimum of £28,932 after three years and £43,032 after seven years (subject to performance).
  • The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) for people who do have a degree.
    This has a starting salary of £26,682 increasing to a minimum of £28,932 after two years and £43,032 after seven years (subject to performance).


West Yorkshire Police is currently under-represented by women and people from Ethnic Minority backgrounds. In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, we offer those from under-represented groups the opportunity to apply to become a Police Officer at any time.

Assuming the application meets the eligibility requirements, it will be progressed through an initial recruitment stage, but then held until general Police Officer recruitment is open for everyone.

Recruitment for those people not from an under-represented group, will open periodically throughout the year, depending on applicant numbers.  Please keep checking this webpage for updates.

You can also visit the Join the Police website to set up alerts to be notified when recruitment opens.

All options offer successful candidates the opportunity to ‘earn while they learn’ as they will be paid a salary from day one, and the tuition fees for the PCDA and DHEP routes will be paid for by West Yorkshire Police.



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Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

West Yorkshire Police is committed to attracting diversity at all levels of the organisation.  We believe that having a more diverse workforce with different experiences and perspectives, who come from a wide range of communities, will allow us to become more effective in preventing and reducing crime, keeping people safe and caring for victims, as well as continue to help develop a more inclusive culture as detailed within the Force Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Strategy.

As part of our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion strategy, we use Positive Action as a tool to help address under representation within our workforce.

Positive Action

West Yorkshire Police uses Positive Action, which is a range of measures and initiatives allowed under the Equality Act 2010, to actively encourage people from communities that are under-represented to bring their talent, experiences and expertise to our organisation when applying to join us. We also use Positive Action to support the retention and progression of our workforce. 

Through the use of Positive Action, we do not seek to remove competition, lower standards or give someone an unfair advantage, rather, to help people from under-represented groups overcome disadvantages in competing with other applicants. It is not about lowering standards and giving some people favourable treatment just because of their protected characteristic; it is about getting everyone to the same starting line and still employing and promoting on merit. We treat all applicants fairly and in accordance with current legislation.  

So there is no favouritism or advantage for some, but for under-represented groups there is Positive Action to help improve equality at work for both prospective and existing employees.  

Find out more about diversity, equality and inclusion.

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Page last reviewed October 2022.

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