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Working for us as a Police Officer

Police officer talking to public

Working for us as a Police Officer

The role is much more than blue lights and fast cars. You will wear a uniform with over 190 years of history. You will be protecting the vulnerable; giving evidence in court; supporting victims of domestic violence; investigating burglaries and working in partnership with the communities of Nottingham to tackle serious and organised crime.

You will deal with different situations every day, building confidence and trust with the public. It's demanding, unpredictable, but rewarding work and you can make a real difference to your community. You will need to see things from others perspectives, tailoring your approach to address their needs and fears.

In this section

The Police Officer Role
Entry Routes
Eligibility Requirements
Meet the team
Current Vacancies

The Police Officer Role

The role of a Police Officer is challenging but highly rewarding. You need to be enthusiastic, dedicated, resilient, a problem solver and someone who can be confident enough to take control of situations. This role involves shift work and you will be required to work on a rota which covers weekends, nights and bank holidays

Not only will you be representing the diverse communities we serve, you’ll be part of one big inclusive family where you’ll make a difference, every day.

We want to represent our public, and need people at every stage of the experience spectrum.

Policing will enable you to work in partnership with the public and other organisations and make a difference to the local community.

This can be a tough and unpredictable job, but it is also an extremely rewarding position. You will need to be a person who thrives on challenges, be willing to work hard to learn the skills necessary for this difficult but critical role. Everyday when you put on your uniform and go to work, you will be making life safer and more secure for your friends and neighbours, and making your town a better place to live.

Entry routes for Police Constables

Don't have a degree?

Initial Policing Learning and Development Program (IPLDP)– Join as a constable and complete our internal training program. Entry requirements are a Level 3 Qualification in any subject or relevant quantifiable experience to the role of Police Constable, as well as holding a full UK/EU manual driving license.

We will open recruitment for these different routes at different times, please check the current vacancies page and our social media for updates.

Pre-join degree.If you want to study first, you can do a three year degree in professional policing at your own expense, and then apply to a force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme.

Being a special constable can be included in this route. Please go through your UCAS application process to see accredited providers of this degree. For individuals who choose a three or four year Degree in Professional Policing Practice at a higher education institution of their choosing, at their own cost. Some universities are also offering the pre-join as a two year consolidated course.

Would like to work towards a degree?

Apprenticeship (PCDA) Join as a constable, and follow an apprenticeship in professional policing practice - you earn while you learn. This route normally takes three years with both on and off-the-job learning. On successfully finishing the programme, you complete your probation and achieve a degree.

Have a degree?

Degree-holder entry (DHEP)Two-year academic and practice based programme for those who already hold a degree in any subject.

You can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning. This route normally takes two years, and the learning you have undergone is recognised in a graduate diploma in professional policing practice when you complete your probation. (from June 2021).

Police officer in lineup

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be confident and approachable
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be able to work on your own or as part of a team
  • Have good problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate a flexible working approach
  • Be in good health

Find out more about the eligibility requirements on our dedicated page.

Nationality and residency

All applicants must:

  • Aged 17 or over
  • Be a United Kingdom, European Union or commonwealth citizen, with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom.
  • Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 3 years immediately preceding your application.

Background checks

You must

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions, where asked
  • Submit to substance misuse testing

Meet the team

PC Jamie Kamoto talks about his time working as a Police Officer.

PC Nadiene Clark gives an insight about her role as a Police Officer.

Ready to Apply? Take a look at the Police Officers recruitment section

Current Vacancies

If you are interested in joining the force, view all our current vacancies here.

If you have any questions please email recruitment@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

Once you've decided to apply, find out what happens next

Nottinghamshire Police Officer