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Police officer recruitment is now CLOSED. 

What is a police officer?

As a frontline police officer you will be the face of the constabulary supporting local communities, building relationships and combating crime. It is a vital role and one that makes a tangible difference to the communities in which we serve.

It is therefore imperative that you, as a police officer, can understand, empathise and work with lots of different people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. No two days are the same and you will need to be able to draw from your training and instincts to make important decisions.

It's a demanding and fast paced environment, but one that is incredibly rewarding for those looking to make a real difference. From providing community reassurance to making arrests, our officers are supporting the community 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people with a passion for serving the community and keeping the public safe. Our officers provide a vital frontline service for our community and visitors to County Durham and Darlington.

The role of a police officer comes with responsibility, officers are a respected and trusted role in the community we serve. Our officers need to display many personal qualities to uphold this privileged position including:

  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Honesty
  • Selflessness
  • Professionalism
  • Fairness
  • Inclusivity
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Objectivity

There are three entry routes to becoming a police constable: Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) and the Pre-join Degree. Please click on each of these to find out more about which route might be best for you.

Still unsure if policing is the right career for you?

Policing is an exciting and rewarding career and by becoming an officer you can make a real difference in the communities you serve; reducing crime and making people feel safe. Whilst it comes with many benefits and highs, it isn't the career for everyone and it can be extremely challenging both physically and mentally, and requires a specific set of skills. 

For more information on the role, the challenges and common questions, visit

You can also take the 'Is policing right for me?' quiz here.