Police officer - everything you need to know
Due to social distancing restrictions in place because of Covid-19, the College of Policing has adapted the police officer application process. Please find more information on our Covid-19 changes to police officer page.
Our officers play a vital role in ensuring that the communities of Staffordshire are kept safe. Few jobs can be more rewarding than that of a police officer: from day one you'll be helping to fight crime and protecting people from harm.
Your morning could start with a dawn raid at the home of crime suspects or speaking at a school assembly about staying safe. By the afternoon you may have been called to the scene of a road traffic collision where you'll give first aid and comfort to a victim, or helping with the search of a missing pensioner. And your late shift could be spent on burglary patrols or in busy nightlife areas ensuring party goers get home safely.
As a police constable, you'll want to make a positive difference to the communities you serve. You'll strive to keep them safe, to be there when needed and to instil confidence in the work you do to reduce fear of crime. You'll be the visible reassurance to the public and you'll work together with communities and partners as one team to reduce offending and reoffending, while ensuring that victims, witnesses and their families are supported and placed at the very heart of all criminal justice processes.
The landscape for learning to become a police constable has changed and our regional partnership with Staffordshire University will enable you to gain a degree while becoming operationally competent on the job. You will become accredited for the skills you acquire and utilise in your day-to-day roles, with greater insight, understanding and learning of the challenges policing faces now and in the future.
Through this course you will get to learn new skills, meet new people and set out a career path that could see you specialise as a firearms officer, dog handler, traffic cop, detective or the trusted, familiar face within your community as a neighbourhood officer. You'll gain practical and invaluable insight into various roles and departments within the force, standing you in good stead for future opportunities.
This isn't a 9-5 role and you will be required to work shifts that include nights, weekends and bank holidays. Your base location of work will vary throughout your career and you may be posted anywhere within the Staffordshire region. You will also need to prepare yourself for potentially dangerous situations but be reassured that we will support you to be ready to handle these.
As you will be joining our student officer programme through the 'Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship' route your probation period will be three years. During this time you will be supported and assessed to ensure you are lawful and legal to independently carry out the role of a police officer.
Apply to be a Police Constable -
Join as a student officer, and follow an apprenticeship, meaning that you earn while you learn. This route normally takes three years with both on and off-the-job learning. On successfully finishing the programme, you complete your probation and achieve a recognised and accredited degree in Professional Policing Practice from Staffordshire University.
If you have a degree in a relevant subject, you can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning. This route normally takes two years, and the learning you have undergone is recognised with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice from Staffordshire University when you complete your probation.