Dorset New Recruit Police Officers

Police Officer Recruitment

Dorset Police is recruiting Police Officers via all three entry routes.

If you enjoy facing challenges and coming up with solutions to problems and want to keep your community safe whilst developing your skill sets, then policing could be for you.

Please expand the tabs below to learn more, register onto an awareness event and apply today.

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  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) Programme
  • Obtain a fully funded, paid and supported Professional Policing degree in your first three years
  • Must have Level 2 in English & Maths
  • Must have Level 3, 18 months service or complete equivalent test
  • Earn up to £46,044 within seven years of joining

  • Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
  • Detective route also available
  • Obtain a fully funded, paid and supported Diploma in Professional Policing degree in your first two years
  • Must have Level 6 Degree
  • Earn up to £46,044 within seven years of joining

  • Professional Policing Degree (PPD) Programme
  • Must have Professional Policing Degree
  • 2 year probation period
  • Earn up to £46,044 within seven years of joining

Positive Action Recruitment Support

We aim to build our workforce so that it reflects the rich diversity and complexities of our communities by attracting the best talent from the widest pool of people.

This recruitment support is for women, young adults under 25, people from a minority ethnic background and people with disabilities (and neurodiverse conditions).

Learn more below and register with the team to receive bespoke support.

Click here to visit the Positive Action page

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Who you will study with

We are working in partnership with The University of South Wales to deliver vocational workplace training that will enable you to be become a fully qualified Police Officer while actively supporting your community.

More information and the course handbook

Is policing right for you?

Take the national quiz to find out more about policing as a career and whether it is the right choice for you.                                                                                  

Take the quiz here