Police Officers

Police Officer recruitment is changing

In line with the national Police guidance, all entry routes for new police officers requires them to complete a degree apprenticeship or post-graduate diploma in professional policing practice. Both of these new entry routes offer the opportunity to specialise in core policing roles, such as conducting investigations and community policing, in the final year of the programmes.

Recruitment for Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships will open this Summer.
The Degree Holder Entry Programme, for those who already have a non-policing degree will open at a later date.


Register your interest now

To register your interest in applying for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship please register your interest here.

We will contact you to let you know when the next recruitment window is opening.


Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships

The first apprenticeship courses will start in April 2020.

The three year degree programme will be made up of classroom based and ‘on the job’ learning at Leeds Trinity University and West Yorkshire Police Learning and Development Centre, Carr Gate, Wakefield.   

Apprentices will be paid while they learn and the minimum starting salary will be £18,000. 

To apply you will need to:

  • Be 18 years old or over.  There is no upper age limit
  • Have a Level 2 Qualification in Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE grade A-C or Level 4 or above)
  • Have a Level 3 Qualification or experience as a Special Constable or PCSO
  • Have no criminal convictions (minor offences will be considered on an individual basis)
  • Meet our attendance standard
  • Be able to pass the job related fitness test
  • Comply with the Force tattoo policy
  • Pass the police vetting checks


What to do next?

  • Study all the information on this website - watch the videos recorded by our police officers and new recruits. 
  • Then get down to the detail in the advice within the "Selection Process" pages and the PEQF Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Many applicants ask about vetting so we have published some vetting Frequently Asked Questions along with a video on the "Vetting FAQs" page.
  • Best of all, talk to police officers about the job, the inevitable lows - to the tremendous highs. Policing can be an amazing challenge!



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West Yorkshire Police encourages applications to be representative of the communities it serves. Read our Equality in Employment page.

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