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£26,682 to £43,032 Per year
12 August 2022 09:36:00
Closing Date:
02 September 2022 17:00:00
Durham Constabulary’s Police Constable recruitment process has commenced, and application forms will now be accepted.
We are looking to recruit for training courses 2022 – 2023.


We are open for the 3 following routes:


If you enjoy facing challenges, solving problems and would like to contribute to keeping your community safe while developing a wider range of skills, then policing could be for you.

As frontline police officers you will be the face of the constabulary supporting local communities, building relationships, and combating crime. It is a vital role and one that makes a tangible difference to the communities in which we serve.

It's a demanding and fast-paced environment, but one that is incredibly rewarding for those looking to make a real difference. From providing community reassurance to making arrests, our officers are supporting the community 24 hours a day 365 days a year. You must be prepared to work a shift pattern, including nightshifts, work long hours, which will fall on Bank Holidays, Christmas, New Year and all Bank Holidays.

We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people with a passion for serving the community and keeping the public safe. Our officers provide a vital frontline service for our community and visitors to County Durham and Darlington.

To found out more about the benefits and rewards of this role click here.

Read the stories of some of our existing officers and why they chose a career at Durham Constabulary here.

Qualifications / Experience Test

Qualification & Eligibility for Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

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. Plus, GCSE Maths & English, A – C (9 – 4) grade.

If you do not have Maths & English GCSE, the Functional Key Skills Document may be of assistance.


Experiential Learning – for some candidates whose A Level qualifications/Level 3 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 UCAS Tariff Points can be made up of several different types of qualifications provided they are at the minimum Level 3 requirement. 

Please ensure you check your qualifications UCAS points, you can utilise the UCAS calculation tool below to help you. If your UCAS points are less than 120 and you do not submit the Experiential Learning Form this can delay the recruitment process for 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.


Degree Holder Entry Programme

Degree Holders, 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). 


Pre-join - Degree in Professional Policing (PPD)

Degree in Professional Policing 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.

Maths and English GCSE is not a requirement for the Degree Holder Entry Programme and Pre-join, however candidates applying - selected for these routes, your degree must include evidence of a written component.


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 by reviewing Northumbria University's 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, this will be at your own expense and must be available at date of submission of application.

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. Where applicable we do need GCSEs, Level 2 qualifications but for Maths and English only.

As an alternative, you may also apply if you are currently employed in one of the below specialist police staff roles and do not have a Level 3 qualification – in this instance you will also need to complete the Experiential Learning Form:

2 years’ service as a Special Constable and 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 the 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. Should you hold a provisional licence only you cannot apply.

How to apply

Application Process

To apply you will need to complete the below:

You MUST send the following documents where applicable with your application form at the point of submission:

  • All of the above, if Experiential Learning Form applicable
  • Copies of Level 2 Maths & English certificates, GCSE A – C, 4 – 9 grades, or equivalent (not required for DHEP or Pre-join)
  • Copies of certificates re Level 3 qualifications or above qualifications
  • Pictures of Tattoos, if applicable on face, hands or neck
  • Details of your Online Assessment Centre score, valid within 24 months of application

Please ensure you send all the above. If you do not send all the appropriate paperwork with your application, it may be deemed as incomplete and will not be progressed, whereby you will fail the initial sift.

You must return the fully completed application form, and copies of certificates of any Level 3 or above qualifications, along with Maths and English GCSE only, where applicable. Candidates who have not yet passed the Level 3 qualification are not permitted to apply.

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. However, please note you must have a level 3 qualification or above in order to apply.

If you have a valid Online Assessment score, valid within 24 months of sitting to submitting your application, we will also need evidence of this. Again, this must be sent with your initial application in order to progress your application.

Applications should be returned to this email only, - hard copies will not be accepted.

The deadline for submission of applications is 5pm on Friday, September 2, 2022. Please do not leave to the last minute to complete and submit your application.


What Happens next?

The first stage following receipt of your application documents will be an initial sift by Durham Constabulary, should you fail this stage you will be advised by email.  Should you be successful you will progress to the College of Policing Online Initial sift, which includes a Situational Judgement test and Behavioural Style Questionnaire. Once assessed you will receive email notification confirming the outcome.

If successful, you will then progress to the Online Assessment Process. This will include:

1)    Competency-based video interview

2)    Written exercise and 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 Winter 2022/Spring 2023. For those with a valid Assessment Centre score, interviews will be Autumn 2022.

If you have a valid Online Assessment Centre Score, dated within the last 24 months you will process directly to the final interview stage. This must be evidenced and submitted with your initial application.

Please direct any queries to Human Resources on 0191 375 2123 or

Good luck with your application.


Helpful documents:

Application Criteria to pass the initial sift

Application Form

Application Form Notes

Experiential Learning Form (if Applicable, to be used if you have a Level 3, however do not meet the 120 UCAS)

Role Profile

Candidate Journey – Online Assessment Process

Launch Pad College Video 1

Frequently Asked Questions

Caroline Allen
Contact Email
Contact Tel.
0191 375 2123