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Durham Constabulary’s Police Constables recruitment process has commenced, application forms will now be accepted!
There will be two routes of application, PCDA – Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, or DHEP – Degree Holders Entry Programme. If successful we will make sure we will bring you in on the best entry route for you based on your education, skills & work experience.
Application Process
In order to apply you will need to complete the Application form & if applicable the Experiential Learning Form and submit by email only to 
You must return the fully completed application form, and copies of certificates of any level 3 or above qualifications (only level 3 or equivalent certificates are required - please do not send GCSE’s or other qualification certificates that are not relevant).  If required, please also return the Experiential Learning Form, this is only to be completed if your Level 3 qualification(s) do not equate to 120 UCAS points.  If you have a valid Assessment Centre score from a previous SEARCH process within 24 months, then copies of pages 3 -5 of your report must also be included.
Applications should be returned to this email only, - hard copies will not be accepted.
The submission deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 12th June 2020.
Qualification & Eligibility
To be eligible to apply applicants must possess the following qualifications / experience;
  1. 2 x A levels or an NVQ Level 3 qualifications is a minimum, and in order to enrol onto the PCDA programme with Northumbria University you must be able to evidence a total of 120 UCAS points or higher
Experiential Learning – for some candidates their A level qualifications may not reach 120 UCAS points, therefore Professional training or significant work experience may also considered to be equal to the above and in this instance you MUST evidence your training/experience by completing and attaching the Experiential Learning Form below. Please ensure you provide as much detail as possible regarding your  professional roles, responsibilities, work based training or activity that you believe to be relevant to this application.
Your Tariff Points can be made up of a number of different types of qualifications provided they are at the minimum level 3 requirement .  Please utilise the UCAS calculation tool below to help you.
Calculator for UCAS Tariff Points
Durham Police will review a candidate’s professional training or work experience in line with the national Police Officers competency framework, if a candidate does not have the required UCAS points.
What if I have studied abroad?
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how it compares to the standard entry criteria, please review Northumbria Universities website in relation to international qualifications Also note you will be required to obtain a certified translation of qualifications if certificates are not issued in English.
Copies of all educational qualifications evidencing the above MUST be attached and submitted as part of your application.  Please ensure you only send the relevant certificate as proof of the level 3 or above. We do need GCSE’s, level 2 qualifications, it must be level 3 or above.
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 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
·         CSI
·         Front Counter Clerk
It is Durham Constabulary's Policy that if someone is applying for what is a public facing role and they have tattoos which can’t be covered by normal work clothes/standard uniform apparel, the practical effect is that they are likely to be prevented from passing the ‘paper sift’ at the application stage.  Tattoos on face, neck, or hands (beyond the cuff) are not permitted.  However some small tattoos around your wrist or to side of palm for instance may be permitted, but would be reviewed via an internal scrutiny panel.  Photographs of tattoos in such areas would therefore need to be included as part of the application process (see application form for further details).
Driving Licence
Candidates must possess a full current Driving Licence at the point of application.  This must be for a manually operated motor vehicle.
What Happens next?
The first stage following receipt of your application documents will be an initial sift, following which your responses to the competency based question section of your application will be assessed -  will receive written notification confirming the outcome of both stages.
If successful you will then progress to the Online Assessment Process.  This will include
1)    Competency Based Video Interview
2)    Written Exercise & Briefing Exercise.
 An individual’s overall online assessment score will determine whether they will then proceed to the final interview stage of the recruitment process.  Interviews will be held at Police Headquarters during August/September 2020.
Alternatively, if you have a valid Assessment Centre Score, dated within the last 24 months and with a pass mark of 50% or over overall and 50% in the working with others and 50% oral communication sections, you will not need to re-sit this stage, and should you pas the initial stage you will progress directly to the final interview stage. Should you have a valid score please also send pages 3 – 5 of your SEARCH assessment centre report with your application form. 
Please direct any queries to HR Services on 0191 3752123 or
Good luck
Experiential Learning Form (if Applicable, to be used if 120 UCAS is not evidenced)
Candidate Journey – Online Assessment Process

Ref 233/20

Location:              Training Centre, Meadowfield 

Salary:                   £23,235 - £25,380 per annum 

Hours:                    37 Hours per week, flexible working hours scheme

Job Type:               Pemanent 

Closing Date:          12pm, Friday 12th June 2020

For more information on this role and to find out how to apply, please click this link. 

REF: 148/20
Location:                  One immediate vacancy at Darlington plus Forcewide - across 4 Custody Suites – Durham City, Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Peterlee.
Salary:                      Scale 3 £18,951 - £20,199 per annum, plus a 20% shift allowance and a 14.3% weekend working allowance
Hours:                       An average of 37 hours per week working as part of a 24 hours rotating shift pattern (Please see section 14 of the Conditions of Appointment for further details).
Job type:                  Permanent, one immediate plus anticipated vacancies expected to arise over the next 12 months.
Closing date:           5th June 2020
Checkpoint Navigator
IOMU Navigator – Prolific and Priority Offenders
REF 150/20, 151/20
Locations:              Bishop Auckland (IOMU) and Durham Police Station (Checkpoint), however there will be a requirement for the post holder to travel throughout the force area.
                                Plus force wide projected vacancies
Salary:                    Scale 5 £22,668 - £24,759 per annum
Hours:                     37 hours per week, based on Monday to Friday. The flexible working hour’s scheme is applicable.
                               There will also be a requirement to work unsocial hours including evenings and weekends, as and when required.
Job type                Permanent
Closing date:           Friday 5th June, 2020
X6 Youth Worker Apprentices, Ref CC80

Location:           Chester Le Street Magistrates Court 

Hours:                37 Hours per week, Monday - Friday

Salary:                £4.15ph

For more information and to find out how to apply, please click this link. ​


Police Constable/Sergeant/ Inspector
transfers - open now
We are still accepting applications, however due to the current COVID-19 the interview stage will be delayed.

Our overall aim is to provide a first class service by protecting the public, reducing crime and ensuring our communities feel safe. To support us in delivering these aims we are seeking applications from experienced Constables, Sergeants and Inspectors wishing to transfer to Durham Constabulary.
What we can offer
·       The opportunity to police one of the most stunning, diverse and beautiful counties in the country. 
·       A unique and challenging working environment
·       Opportunities at locations throughout the county.
·       New and innovative approaches to policing to continue to effectively reduce crime.

Are you the right person to transfer?
To be considered eligible to transfer to Durham Constabulary you will:
·       currently be serving at the rank of Constable, Sergeant or Inspector in a Home Office police force, from the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Police Scotland or British Transport Police - to check if you are eligible to transfer from another force please contact us.
·       Police Constables in their probationary period must have completed at least 1 full year of their probation
·       have an acceptable performance, attendance and disciplinary record
·       demonstrate a passion and commitment to policing Durham and Darlington
·       display full competence against the Policing Professional Framework for the rank of Constable, Sergeant or Inspector and have both experience and competence in investigations and case file preparation.  
Before Durham Constabulary progresses your application, consideration will be given to a number of initial eligibility criteria. Therefore, please consider the following before completing an application:
·         Candidates who have a current unsatisfactory performance review and/or a performance action plan in place may be rejected during the initial eligibility screening process. We will examine the performance reviews that you submit alongside your application to ensure they meets our standards.
·         You must not have any current findings of guilt in respect of any disciplinary action or complaints.
·         Durham Constabulary operates a strict Attendance Management Policy. Individuals who have averaged the following triggers over the last 12 months will ordinarily be rejected from the process. 
The attendance indicator is no more than 64 hours for Police Officers (pro rata) or no more than 3 periods of absence in the past 12 months; or a pattern of absence suggesting that regular attendance cannot be relied upon.
Consideration will be given to absences resulting from injuries on duty, pregnancy, or conditions covered by the Equality Act 2010. This will be reviewed after successful completion of the required assessment.
·         All mandatory training must be in-ticket / up-to-date.
·         You will not be eligible to transfer to Durham Constabulary if you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands and penalty notices (other than driving penalty notices). You will not be eligible to apply if you have an existing CCJ or IVA outstanding against you. Applicants who have been registered bankrupt will not be considered. Failure to disclose any of the above will lead to your application being rejected. 
·           In order to apply you will need to download and complete the attached Transfer Application Form and return either by hand to Main Reception Force HQ, during office hours only or by post to HR & Health Services, Durham Constabulary, Police Headquarters Aykley Heads, Durham, DH1 5TT.  Office hours are Monday to Friday 7.45 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. 
·           You must also include your last two completed PDR’s
Various job roles at Durham Constabulary for all ability and skill level developers. See the document below for further details.