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Professional Policing Degree (PPD)

Starting Salary: £24,780

Overview: The Professional Policing Degree (PPD), also known as the Pre-join, is a professional academic knowledge-based degree, based on the national curriculum for the police constable role.

The PDD is offered by several universities across the country, who are licensed by the College of Policing, to deliver the national curriculum. The degree is offered independently of Durham Constabulary, and you will have to apply to a university through their standard entry routes. You will also have to fund the studies yourself.  For further details go to Universities offering a professional policing degree | College of Policing

Before you start: To take advantage of the Durham Professional Policing Degree entry route, you will need to have successfully completed a College of Policing approved PPD programme and successfully pass all the stages of the constabulary’s police officer recruitment process.

You must apply to join a police force within five years of your graduation

Successful achievement of the degree does not guarantee recruitment as a police constable.

What’s involved: If successful in your application, you will be given a date to start your two-year Probationary period as a Police Constable in Durham Constabulary.

You will initially attend the Learning and Development Centre, at Meadowfield, where you will join other probationary constables (DHEP/PCDA) in parts of their learning.

Although you will have studied the knowledge and theories around modern policing, there are areas that can only be delivered in a Policing environment (such as Personal Safety Training, force IT systems), and you will need to demonstrate competence in these prior to being allowed to undertake operational duties.

Also. to ensure that you are confident in and to identify any gaps in your knowledge you will be asked to undertake an assessment around core policing knowledge areas. This process is to allow a bespoke development plan to be devised and to make sure you are ready to be deployed onto an operational response team.

Once you have completed your additional training you will be placed onto an operational policing team with a Tutor Constable where you will be required to demonstrate competence in the police constable role and record your evidence in an operational competence portfolio (OCP). You will be with your tutor for up to 12 weeks after which you will be given independent patrol status and expected to continue to demonstrate competence as police constable during your remaining probationary period.  

On successful completion of your probationary period your appointment as a police constable will be confirmed.

Support: You will receive support from Durham’s learning and development training team, dedicated Area Support Staff as well as operational supervisors and team leaders

How to apply: Applications are currently CLOSED.

PPD 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 achieved a Professional Policing 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) and be within five years of your graduation

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.

*student loans are excluded