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As a police constable you will be responsible for the protection of life and property, the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order through a range of sworn powers in line with organisational standards.

Before you apply, it's advised that you check the basic eligibility criteria that you need to fulfil in order to be successful. To be eligible to apply all applicants must:

• Be at least 17 to apply and 18 at the time of appointment.

• Be a British citizen or a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK and free from restrictions.

• Possess a full UK manual driving licence, with no more than 6 points.

• Hold a minimum of a Level 3 or equivalent qualification or as an alternative, you may apply if you are currently employed in one of the below specialist police staff roles (you will also need to complete the Experiential Learning Form).

2 years’ service as a Special Constable and also have attained independent patrol status, performing minimum hours (16 hours per month average) at the time of application. 


2 years’ service as a Police Community Support Officer designated under section 38 of the Police Reform Act 2002 at the time of application.


2 years’ service in a police staff role which is considered by the chief officer to prepare a person for service as a member of a police force. In Durham these roles are:

  • CET file builder
  • Detention officer
  • Call handler/dispatcher
  • Investigative officer
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Front counter clerk

• Not have any tattoos which cause offence, are excessive or considered unprofessional.

• Previous criminal convictions or cautions (including those spent), fixed penalty notices, traffic offences or any involvement with the police must be declared on your application form.

• Not be registered bankrupt, subject to CCJs or IVAs.

• Have a BMI of 30 or below.

Find a list of FAQs here.