Police Officers


Police constable recruitment will open on Friday 29th May 2020. 
The application will only be available from this date, not before.

There will be two routes of application, PCDA – Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, or DHEP – Degree Holders Entry Programme
In order to pass the initial sift you must pass the following:
  2. Age – 18 years old at the point of application or above
  3. You have not failed a SEARCH Assessment Centre within the last six months
  4. No Criminal Convictions
  5. No Tattoos on face, neck or hands
  6. No CCJs
  7. Eligible to work in the UK
  8. Not a member of the British National Party, Combat 18, National Front or similar organisation
  9. Full Driving Licence for a manual car
  10. In addition to the general requirements to join as a Police Officer with Durham Constabulary require you to have the following:


A levels/NVQ Level 3 qualifications where the grades total 120 UCAS points or higher.
The 120 UCAS Points can be made up of a number of different types of level 3 qualifications and the UCAS calculator can help you identify if you have an equivalent qualification: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator​ 
If your Level 3 qualifications do not equate to the required 120 UCAS points then Professional training or significant work experience may also be considered*
*Durham Constabulary will review a candidate's professional training and/or work experience in line with the National Police Officers competency framework. This will require you to complete the Experiential Learning form as part of your application process.
(Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for further information)
If you do not meet the above criteria your application form will not pass the first stage and will not process any further.
The recruitment process involves passing the initial sift, as per above including the Competency Based Questions within the application form. As well as successfully passing the on-line assessment process stage.  The next stage is the final interview, held at Police Headquarters.  You must be successful in each stage before you can progress to the next.
If you have successfully completed an Assessment Centre within the last 24 months and can supply a valid copy of your score you will not have to sit the on-line assessment.  If applicable please attached the initial pages of the Assessment Centre report to your application.  This will ensure you do not have to sit the assessment again.
You will be advised at each stage if you have been successful or not.
Should you be successful at the final interview the next stages include, References, Medical – including a drugs test, the 5.4 fitness test which is 15 metre bleep test, vetting and Biometrics test. You MUST pass all these to be offered a position by Durham Constabulary.
If you have any further queries, you may find the answer here in our frequently asked questions.
As a probationer constable/student officer, your career will begin with unrivalled training and development programmes delivered in collaboration with Northumbria University.
The programmes have been designed and developed to meet the requirements of the College of Policing (CoP), for the professional education of new entrants into policing, concluding in a Degree in Professional Policing Practice or a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing.
You will be supported by Durham Constabulary Training Officers, Northumbria University multidisciplinary academics and a wealth of supporting teams. Similarly, you will have access to both institutions’ facilities and services during your programme.
More information about the training and development programme can be found on the below website:
One of the most important roles is that of the uniformed constable, protecting and reassuring our communities. In particular the designated beat officer has ownership of a particular area to patrol and works closely with other partners in the community to resolve local problems.
Other career development may take the form of working in the areas of criminal investigation, intelligence, safeguarding, traffic, firearms, dog section, training, community safety and youth offending.
We are searching for women and men over the age of 18 years from a wide range of backgrounds. You must be physically fit and able to pass the national eyesight and medical standards.
We welcome applications from anyone who considers themselves to have a protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act 2010. 
We are committed to recruiting a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and protect. 
Our force takes part in ‘positive action’, which aims to increase recruitment applications from under-represented groups. People with language skills, different cultures or backgrounds are encouraged to apply to join our organisation.
We are committed to building our relationships with minority communities and encouraging them to join our policing family.
You must demonstrate sound common sense, good communication skills, and an ability to work under your own initiative, and as part of a team. Personal qualities, which include integrity, honesty and a determination to serve the people of County Durham and Darlington, are essential.
We prefer officers to reside in the Force area, however there is some flexibility depending upon the distance involved.
Candidates must be prepared to resign from the Special Constabulary, however, officers may still remain as volunteers of Military Adult Voluntary Reserve Forces with the approval of the Chief constable. These are defined as the TA., the Royal Naval reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Please note the Chief Constable has the right to reject your application at any stage in the process, without giving reason.  




Durham Constabulary is currently accepting transferee applications for the post of Police Constable, Sergeant and Inspector


Criteria to Transfer


  • Be a police officer in a Home Office Force or the British Transport Police
  • Have completed your probationary period.
  • Be able to meet the national standards in medical criteria.  
  • Have a good sickness record
  • Have no outstanding complaints or discipline matters and a history that indicates high professional standards and conduct
  • Be financially solvent