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Police Constable Recruiting
Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship
Degree Holders Entry Programme

Police Constable recruitment will open on Friday, August 6, 2021.  The application will only be available from this date, and not before.

There will be 2 routes of application, PCDA – Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (non degree holders), or DHEP – Degree Holders Entry Programme (degree holders).

Applicants must pass the initial sift stage in order to progress, and therefore you must pass the following:-

  • Age 17 at application, 18 years old at the point of appointment, or above
  • You have not failed an Online Assessment Centre within the last 6 months
  • No Criminal Convictions
  • No Tattoos on face, neck or hands
  • No County Court Judgement’s against you
  • Be eligible to work in the UK
  • Not a member of the British National Party, Combat 18, National Front or similar organisation
  • Full Driving Licence for a manual car, at the point of application
  • BMI 30 or below
  • Maths & English GCSE, A – C, 4 – 9, certificate must be provided

In addition to the above general requirements, to join as a Police Officer with Durham Constabulary you must also evidence that you 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:​ 

  • 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, in conjunction with Northumbria University,  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 the application process.

Unfortunately, If you do not meet the above criteria then your application form will not progress any further through the recruitment process.

The recruitment process includes:-

  1. Initial sift, as per above
  2. Competency Based Questions
  3. Online Assessment Centre – Competency Based Interview, Written exercise and Briefing Exercise
  4. Final interview, held at Durham Constabulary, Police Headquarters.

You MUST be successful in each stage before you can progress to the next.

If you have successfully completed a Police Recruitment Assessment Centre (with any Home Office force) within the last 24 months and can supply a valid copy of your score you will not have to re-sit the Assessment Centre again this time.  If applicable, please attach either the initial pages of the Search Assessment Centre report or Online Assessment Centre email result to your application.  This will ensure you do not have to sit the centre again.

You will be advised at each stage if you have been successful or not.  Communication will be via the email address provided on your application.  Please ensure you check your junk mail.

Should you be successful at the final interview, the next stage is the final clearance process which includes:-

  1. References,
  2. Medical, including Eyesight test & BMI, which must be 30 or below, or this will be an automatic fail
  3. Drugs test,
  4. Fitness test, which consists of a 15 metre - 5.4 bleep test
  5. Vetting
  6. Biometrics screening test

You MUST pass all these clearances to be offered a position by Durham Constabulary.

Please click on this link to find Frequently Asked Questions which may be helpful should you have any further queries.

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 (depending upon your entry route). You will be supported by Durham Constabulary Training team, Northumbria University multi-disciplinary academics and a wealth of supporting teams. Similarly, you will have access to both institutions’ facilities and services during your training programme. More information about the training and development programme can be found at the following link:

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 within the community to resolve local problems.  As a Response Officer, during probation and beyond, you will work to a shift pattern consisting of earlies, late’s and night shifts, an average of 40 hours, including weekends and public holidays.

Other career development, after your probationary period, may take the form of working in the areas of criminal investigation, intelligence, safeguarding, roads policing, firearms, dog section, training, community safety and youth offending.

We are searching for women and men over the age of 18 years, on appointment, 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. 

Positive Action

Our force takes part in Positive Action, and we aim to increase recruitment applications from all underrepresented groups. People with language skills, from varied cultures and backgrounds are encouraged to apply to our organisation. We are committed to building our relationships with minority communities and encourage them to join our policing family.

In order to provide support and assistance, we may be able to put individuals in touch with an appropriate officer/member of staff who shares a similar protected characteristic/need or has identified themselves as a specific point of contact.  This could be in respect of an enquiry or  indeed progression through the recruitment and selection process.

We value people from all diverse areas of the community and work closely with internal and external support groups to ensure our staff have access to the most appropriate support and career development needs possible to be able to positively contribute to the policing of our communities.

We particularly welcome applications and the opportunity for informal discussion with individuals from the following underrepresented groups, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups, LGBT+ and those who consider themselves to have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Please note that all formal applications made to Durham Constabulary for employment will be based on merit.

In support of Durham Constabulary’s commitment to recruiting a police service which is representative of our communities, our aim is to support and inform potential candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background. For more information in relation to recruitment opportunities, please contact

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. 

Please feel free to view these short videos with more information on the recruitment process and what to expect throughout your training: