Recruiting now for Police Constables and Detectives

In South Devon


Recruitment Open Now


Policing is a challenging career that demands a high level of personal integrity and responsibility. Working as a Police Constable or Detective is an interesting and rewarding career that once you have completed your first class training will reward you with an extraordinary job that is unlike any other.

We are currently recruiting for Police Officers and Detectives to join our Police Family in South Devon. Our Police Officer recruitment is for both our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and Degree Holder Entry Programme. For Detectives, we are recruiting via our Degree Holder Entry Programme. There is more information about each of these streams below. Recruitment closes 11.55pm on Sunday 10th April.

We are running recruitment awareness events on the 24th and 31st March. To sign up to these, click the appropriate button.

Are you looking for a career in the beautiful South Devon area? Why not Policing!


Whatever you love doing, however you relax; you can find your happy place in South Devon.

With unspoilt coast and countryside all around, the landscape of South Devon is the perfect backdrop for a relaxing escape. With 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a World Heritage Coast, a National Park, over 125 miles of stunning coastline, acres of unspoilt countryside, two vibrant cities and an amazing mixture of coastal and rural towns and villages, South Devon encompasses the very best the country has to offer. With everything from watersports, horse riding or quad biking, a trip to the races, a day at a theme park or attraction on offer, your days will be jam packed with excitement. With miles of footpaths and coastal walks, cycle paths and waymarked routes criss-crossing the county an active break spent cycling or walking is a great way to explore the breathtaking landscape. Our South Devon stations include Ivybridge, Teignmouth, Paignton, Torquay, Newton Abbot, Kingsbridge, Totnes, Brixham, Ashburton, Chudleigh, Dartmouth and Dawlish.

Police Constable - Joining without a degree (PCDA)

You don't need to have a degree to join us!

As a new police officer you’ll follow a three year training plan, learning on the job from experienced colleagues. This will be supported by training from our in-house team. After 37 weeks you’ll reach independent patrol status and when you finish your training you’ll have earned a graduate degree in Professional Policing Practice.

Your starting salary is £19,164 and once you have achieved independent patrol status (approx week 37 from appointment) this will rise to £24,402. Within seven years of joining the salary will be £41,130.

You can submit your application via the appropriate button below. Or, find out more via our bespoke PCDA page linked below!


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Police Constable - Joining with a degree (DHEP)

Enter a graduate programme unlike any other!

As a new police officer you’ll follow a two year training plan, learning on the job from experienced colleagues. This will be supported by training from our in-house team. After 37 weeks you’ll reach independent patrol status and when you finish your training you’ll have earned a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

You can have a degree in any subject other than the Degree in Policing Professional Practice (This has a seperate entry route). By earning a degree you've demonstrated the ability to research, evaluate and present evidence.

Your starting salary will be £24,780 and £25,902 in year two. Within seven years of joining the salary will be £41,130.

You can submit your application via the appropriate button below. Or, find out more via our bespoke DHEP page linked below!


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Detective Constable - Joining with a degree (DHEP)

What will your first case be?

Being a detective is all about uncovering the truth, while identifying and managing any risks. You'll do this by analysing evidence, talking to witnesses and building trust within the community. You will talk to lots of different people, and have the compassion and skills to deal with some difficult situations.

As a new Detective Constable you’ll follow a two year training plan, learning on the job from experienced colleagues. This will be supported by training from our in-house team. After 37 weeks you’ll reach independent patrol status and when you finish your training you’ll have earned a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice. The first year of the programme requires successful candidates to develop core knowledge and skills in a uniform role in the same way as any officer. Your starting salary will be £24,780 and £25,902 in year two. Within seven years of joining the salary will be £41,130.

After 12 months candidates move into the detective arena where they will develop enhanced investigative and safeguarding skills in more serious and complex investigations. It doesn’t matter what subject your degree is in. The important thing is that by earning one you’ve already demonstrated the ability to research, evaluate and present evidence.

You can submit your application via the appropriate button below. Or, find out more via our bespoke Detectives page linked below!


Apply now Find out more here FAQs Awareness Event registration

A workforce that reflects our communities


Our ability to build trust, understand problems and support our communities across a range of policing matters, relies on us having a workforce that is reflective of our communities and all the unique individuals that exist within them. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity within our workforce and to eliminating discrimination.

We are very keen to encourage applications from those that have never considered policing as a career. Representation within our workforce from black and minority ethnic communities and females is currently much lower than we want it to be; by improving this we will be better able to serve our local communities and our work place will benefit from all the differences in thinking, points of view, and approaches that diversity brings.

In order to achieve this we are proud to pursue a policy of ‘positive action’.

For further information and to register for this scheme please click the button below.


Positive Action