Joining Derbyshire Constabulary means protecting a population of over one million people, working alongside 1,770 officers, 160 PCSOs, 1,625 police staff, and 215 Special Constables, as well as colleagues from across the county, working with the most innovative technology to help make Derbyshire Safer Together.

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.

National changes to officer training

We currently train officers under the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme. By 2020, all police forces will cease the training of police officers via this way.

The entry requirements for policing will also change so that all officers are required to have a degree level qualification. There will be three entry routes including:

  • the degree holder programme - for those who already have a degree
  • the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship - for those who do not yet have a degree
  • the Pre-Join programme - where students go to university, become Special Constables during their studies, then join as an officer on graduation.

The Degree Holder Entry Programme

The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is for anyone who already holds a degree (or equivalent level six qualification) in any subject area, and would like to join us as a police officer.

During your time as an operational officer, you will learn 'on the job' as well as studying at university to gain a diploma in policing, over a two-year period.

We will be recruiting for the DHEP entry route in January 2020, with new student officers joining us in Autumn 2020 onwards.

New officers will receive an expected starting salary of around £24,174.

To register an interest in this, please register your interest by completing our online form.

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is a new and exciting opportunity for driven and talented individuals to become paid police officers whilst gaining a BA Honours degree in Policing.

The cost of the degree is funded by the force so there are no fees to pay and there is a starting salary of £18,450 for anyone completing the PCDA. 

Recruitment for the next intake of officers studying on the PCDA is due to open in Spring 2020.

The Pre-Join Programme

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

Becoming a Special Constable can be part of this route. 

If successful, students would become police constables in the June/July of their third year.

Recruitment for this route is likely to be in 2022.


If you have any questions or would like more information on police officer recruitment, please email our HR team.