Four Ways to Become a Police Officer with West Yorkshire Police This January

Thursday 16 January 2020

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There are four very different ways you can become a Police Officer for West Yorkshire Police this January.

The Force is continuing to recruit officers, with over 400 new Police Constables due to be recruited this year.

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said:

“There are more opportunities than ever to join the police and we are pleased to be in a position to recruit for a variety of officer roles in 2020.

“Being a Police Officer is more than a day-job – it is a career where you push yourself every day, continually learn new skills, meet inspirational individuals and make a real difference to our communities.

“We have two routes open to become a Police Constable; a two-year course for graduates who have already been through university and a three-year course for those who haven’t got a degree.

“Both routes can lead to roles such as being a Detective, a specialist in our Neighbourhood Policing Team or a Response Officer attending emergency calls – the opportunities are endless.

“We are committed to building a team that reflects a variety of skills, perspectives and backgrounds and encourage applications regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability. Our aim is to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and attract a diverse group of student officers.

“We will always hire solely on merit and the job will always go to the right candidate. If you require reasonable adjustments in any recruitment process with us, please let us know.”

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships are for those wanting to become a Police Officer who haven’t got a degree. As part of this training route, officers will work towards a BA Hons degree in Professional Policing Practice at Leeds Trinity University; with learning split between the Force’s state-of-the-art complex at Carr Gate, Wakefield and Leeds Trinity’s Horsforth campus.

It is an opportunity to earn whilst you learn and trainee officers will be a Police Officer day one - earning £20,879 with all university fees paid by the Force.

A second route for those who have already been to university is available under the Degree Holder Entry Programme. This is a two-year programme and trainee officers will earn £24,167.

Recruitment closes for both routes on 20 January. Further information is available here.

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The Special Constabulary is also looking for enthusiastic, dedicated and capable volunteers to work with front-line officers, while the Direct Entry Inspector route opened in December for those with the skills and experience to lead a team of officers.

ACC Williams added: “Our Direct Entry Inspector route is open until March and is a pioneering programme for individuals to become a uniformed inspector, without any prior experience in the police. They must however be able to display previous experience or skills at this middle leadership level, which they would bring into policing.

“Direct Entry Inspectors will spend around 80 per cent of their training working on operational rotations, learning first-hand what policing is about.

“We are also looking for volunteers to join our Special Constabulary (an unpaid role), which plays a vital role in supporting our frontline officers. Our Special Constables are an invaluable asset to the Force and provide a further link between the police and our communities.

“Regardless of your role or rank, working for the Force means you will become part of the wider policing family – where no two days are the same and you are playing a key part in keeping your family, friends and community safe.”

The application window for the Special Constabulary closes on 29 February. Further information is available here.

Recruitment closes for the Direct Entry Inspector scheme on 3 March. You can find out more here

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