Our police officers are in the forefront of our policing service; preventing and detecting crime, providing reassurance to victims and witnesses, and generally making our communities safer.
They cover a wide variety of policing functions, from the reactive officers dispatched to calls for service or out on patrol, to community policing with our Safer Neighbourhood teams.
Within this profession is also the opportunity to be promoted and specialise, such as enhancing their investigative skills and tackling large investigations by becoming a detective, or forming part of such teams as Roads Policing, Dog Section or Armed Response.
Police officers working together provide coverage to Derbyshire around the clock, every day of the year. This role requires commitment and dedication, and is a long-term career step for those who are ready to make this commitment.
The training period is lengthy and intense, with 20 weeks in a classroom before you start learning patrol duties.
Competition for places is fierce and you need to be the best – but the rewards are worth it!
All candidates must fulfil a number of criteria in order to be eligible to apply:
You must be aged 18 or over on the day you sign your application form.
You must be a UK, EU or Commonwealth Citizen, or a foreign national whose stay in the UK is free of restrictions.
You must have lived in the UK for the last three years. If you have spent time abroad in the last three years you will need to check with us whether you can apply.
You must not have a current CCJ or have been made bankrupt.
You must not be a member of BNP or similar organisations.
You must not have any tattoos which could be considered offensive and all tattoos must be able to be covered with a long-sleeved shirt.
You must hold a full, manual, driving licence – please note that although the on-line registration form allows you to state that you have a provisional licence, or no licence, candidates who do not hold a full, manual, licence will be declined during the eligibility questionnaire. Given the size of our county and the nature of the role, we are unable to accept candidates who cannot drive.
You must have a Level 3 qualification (e.g. A Level, AS Level, National Diploma, National Certificate, Level 3 NVQ or City and Guilds, Access to Higher Education Diploma) – check with your examining body if you are unsure of the level of any qualification you hold and please be aware that we will need to see certificates later in the process.
As part of your application a number of checks will be carried out, including:
Checks of the Police National Computer for yourself and family members – note that minor offences may not be a bar to appointment but more serious or recent offences may be.
Further information about becoming a police officer, including the fitness and medical standards and more details about the recruitment process, can be found on the Home Office Website. However please note the additional criteria set by Derbyshire Constabulary concerning the level three qualification and the driving licence requirement the details of which are provided above.
The force last recruited in May 2013 and sifted over 1,800 applications through its new online recruitment process. The successful candidates from that campaign will be appointed to vacancies during 2014.
We anticipate that we will have more information about future recruitment opportunities after January 2014.
We will post any updates to this position on this section of our website, so please check regularly for any news.