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Starting salary:  £24,780 

Overview: A two-year graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice (PPPD).

Is this route for you: This route is for anyone who already holds a degree in any subject area and would like to work as an operational police officer for Durham Constabulary whilst obtaining a diploma.

Before you start: To be accepted onto the DHEP programme, candidates have to meet the Constabulary's DHEP eligibility criteria and successfully pass the stages of the constabulary's police officer recruitment process.

What's involved: The PPPD involves a two-year academic programme with academic modules, coursework and exams, with a total academic credit value of 120 credits at Level 6. This coincides with serving as a student training police officer, with active frontline duties within Durham Constabulary. The normal working hours of a police officer are 40 hours per week.

As per police regulations, an officer can apply for part-time working and the request wil lbe considered following the initial delivery phase and the officer is confirmed as independent in post.

Should an officer move to part-time working during their probationary period, the length of the probationary period will be extended on a pro-rata basis.

Provider: The academic learning for the DHEP is provided by Northumbria University.

Support: Student officers working towards a diploma will receive support from a tutor for academic studies, and officers and staff from Durham Constabulary will support with the operational role.

How to apply: Recruitment is currently closed.

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DHEP eligibility

  • You must be at least 17 to apply. You must be 18 at the time of appointment.
  • Applicants should be British citizens, or passport holders from a full EU Member State. You can also apply if you're a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK with indefinite leave to remain.
  • You must have lived in the UK for three continuous years immediately prior to application. 
  • Have previously achieved an Undergraduate or Bachelor's Degree Level 6 with the following classifications-Honours Level Degree (either First Class honours, Upper Second Class Honours, Lower Second Class Honours and Third Class Honours) or an Ordinary Degree (not in Professional Policing Practice). A Master's Degree at Level 7 is also acceptable.
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) plus other organisations such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • If you have a criminal record, this doesn't mean you're automatically ineligible; it depends on the nature of your conviction. Please declare any caution or conviction on your application form. Failure to do so will result in failing vetting due to integrity issues.
  • You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, have outstanding County Court Judgements against you, or be subject to a current Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA).
  • Tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent or numerous are not acceptable. Please supply photos and measurements of any tattoos along with your application, as per application guidance.
  • You must hold a full manual driving licence prior to commencing with Durham Constabulary.
  • You may apply to more than one police force at a time.