Police Officers

Police Officer recruitment

We will be open to receive police officer recruitment applications from Friday, October 11. Please check back here then to apply.  
Durham Constabulary will only be offering the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships.  Further details will be available soon.
As a probationer constable, your personal self-development will be assured by a comprehensive training and development programme. This continues on completion of your probation with regular appraisals and opportunities to for you to progress your career.


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.


Police Officer Entry Requirements

Check out if you are eligible to join before completing an application form.

Visit https://recruit.college.police.uk/Officer/Pages/eligibility.aspx 

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.


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 not currently accepting transferee applications for the post of Constable.

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.  Visit the Police Recruitment website
  • 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