Police Officers

Police Constables

Ever wondered what it would be like to make a difference in your community?
Looking for a new challenge, that offers something interesting and different?
If so, why not consider joining
Durham Constabulary
What qualifications / skills do I need to apply?
  1. a level 3 qualification, within the meaning of section 3 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 e.g. City & Guilds Level III/ A Levels/or BTEC National in a relevant subject or an approved equivalent
            Further information regarding the relevancy of equivalent qualifications is available from the OfQual website at http://ofqual.gov.uk/help-and-advice/comparing-qualifications/
  1. a policing qualification approved by the Sector Skills Council for the Justice Sector (Certificate of Knowledge in Policing – CKP)
  1. 2 years’ service as a Special Constable and also have attained Independent Patrol Status, performing minimum hours (16 hours per month average).
  1. 2 years’ service as a Community Support Officer designated under section 38 of the Police Reform Act 2002
  1. 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
What other eligibility criteria do I require?  
  • Candidates must be granted stay in the UK which is free from restrictions and be over 18 years.
  • Must not be members of the BNP or other such group.
  • You should not have tattoos which could cause offence.  Tattoos are not acceptable if they are particularly prominent, garish, offensive or undermine the dignity and authority of your role.  Visible tattoos must be covered by clothing.
  • Criminal record - A number of crimes will mean a definite or likely rejection of your application, including anyone who has received a formal caution in the last five years, committed a violent crime or public order offence.  If you are unsure, contact your chosen force for more information.


As a probationer constable, your personal self-development will be assured by a comprehensive training and development programme. This continues on completion of your probation with regular appraisals and opportunities to for you to progress your career.


One of the most important roles is that of the uniformed constable, protecting and reassuring our communities. In particular the designated beat officer has ownership of a particular area to patrol and works closely with other partners in the community to resolve local problems.

Other career development may take the form of working in the areas of criminal investigation, intelligence, safeguarding, traffic, firearms, dog section, training, community safety and youth offending.

Police Officer Entry Requirements

Check out if you are eligible to join before completing an application form.

Visit www.policecouldyou.co.uk


We are searching for women and men over the age of 18 years from a wide range of backgrounds. You must be physically fit and able to pass the national eyesight and medical standards.


We welcome applications from anyone who considers themselves to have a protected characteristic as defined by the Equality Act 2010.


You must demonstrate sound common sense, good communication skills, and an ability to work under your own initiative, and as part of a team. Personal qualities, which include integrity, honesty and a determination to serve the people of County Durham and Darlington, are essential.

We prefer officers to reside in the Force area, however there is some flexibility depending upon the distance involved.

Candidates must be prepared to resign from the Special Constabulary, however, officers may still remain as volunteers of Military Adult Voluntary Reserve Forces with the approval of the Chief constable. These are defined as the TA., the Royal Naval reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Please note the Chief Constable has the right to reject your application at any stage in the process, without giving reason.

Current Police Officer Recruitment

Durham Constabulary Police Constable Recruitment has now closed.



Durham Constabulary is not currently accepting transferee applications for the post of Constable.

Criteria to Transfer

  • Be a police officer in a Home Office Force or the British Transport Police
  • Have completed your probationary period.
  • Be able to meet the national standards in medical criteria.  Visit the Police Recruitment website
  • Have a good sickness record
  • Have no outstanding complaints or discipline matters and a history that indicates high professional standards and conduct
  • Be financially solvent