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Police Officer Recruitment - Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship


Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

We are currently recruiting for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) to begin in September 2019. The PCDA is a new and exciting opportunity for driven and talented individuals to become paid police officers whilst gaining a BA Policing degree. The cost of the degree is funded by the force so there are no fees to pay and there is a starting salary of £18,000 for anyone completing the PCDA. 

We welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds and encourage anyone who has considered a career in policing to submit an application. We are particularly keen to increase the number of women officers, black and minority ethnic officers and candidates from the LGBT community, so that we can truly reflect the communities that we serve in Derbyshire. 

Recruitment opens on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 9:30am and closes on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 23.55pm.

National changes to officer training

Derbyshire Constabulary are one of the early adopters of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship. This opportunity comes as part of the national changes to police recruitment introduced by the College of Policing. This will be a gradual process, and from 2018 to 2020, the College has outlined the gradual introduction of three key entry routes for PCs:

The three routes of entry are:

  • Degree Holder Programme - Applicants would have gained a non-policing degree, and would receive training to gain the appropriate skills to become a PC.
  • Pre-Join Programme - Where students go to university, become a Special constable during their studies, and then join us as a Police Officer on graduation.
  • Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – A three year funded apprenticeship where recruits will work full-time on division, as well as studying for a degree alongside this.


Please complete the online application by clicking on the apply button. Alongside this you are also required to submit your responses to the competency based questions to the recruitment team


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