Northumbria Police is recruiting - this is the starting salary and the required qualifications

A major recruitment drive to get hundreds of new police officers on the streets by the end of the year is well under way.

Wednesday, 27th May 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th May 2020, 10:40 am
Northumbria Police are recruiting.

Those dreaming of one day becoming a police officer can now sign up to register their interest.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the measures in place all recruitment days will be carried out virtually.

Northumbria Police are looking for new recruits who have a genuine passion to make a real difference within your community.

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The force is accepting registrations from those interested in joining the force through our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) schemes.

Applicants for the PCDA should have either a Level 3 qualification, A Levels or GCSEs and some relevant life experience. Those on the programme will spend three years as a probationer, spending time between study at a local university and practical on the job training with a starting salary of £24,177.

The DHEP is for applicants who already have a degree. They will spend two years as a probationer and follow a work based training programme. This will be supported by off-the-job learning delivered by the force’s in-house training team.

The approximate salary for Police Constables ranges between £24,177 and £40,128. As officers promote through the ranks the salary increases. For more details click here.

The latest Northumbria Police recruitment campaign has had 1,625 people register their interest so far.

The force has also been taking steps to ensure a wider range of applicants, with around 36% of job enquiries coming from women. Recruitment adverts have also been targeted to ensure more BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) applicants.

Northumbria Police currently has 254 officers in training and 78 of them began their degree in professional policing practice during the lockdown.

For the last financial year (2019/20), 84 new officers started as part of the national uplift and the Police and Crime Commissioner, along with Chief Constable Winton Keenen decided to invest further in our police force and chose to boost this number with an additional 205.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “I’m heartened by the number of people applying to take on this role during such strange, challenging times.

“We have 140 new recruits joining us next month. These are people who want to help make a difference during a crisis are exactly the people we want serving, out and about in our communities.

“Our force has lost more than 1,100 officers in the last decade as a direct result of Government cuts. We set out a plan to undo this damage and we are on track to do so.

“Of course, recruitment events have had to be digitalised, courses adapted and so on, but recruitment has had to go on. It’s crucial we re-fill the gaps.”

For more details on virtual recruitment days click here.

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