Police Officers

Are you looking for a new, exciting and varied career, where no two days are the same? If so, then the role of a Police Officer could be for you!

We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people who will be committed to our vision; to be the best at understanding and responding to the needs of the community; to protecting the most vulnerable, catching criminals and , keeping the public safe, whilst also abiding by the policing Code of Ethics.

We will open for the next Police Constable campaign in September 2020. We are committed to achieving a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve.  In doing so, we encourage individuals from our BAME, Disabled and LGBT communities to consider future opportunities, for more information please contact [email protected] for further information.

Which route will you choose?


The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is a 3-year professional degree apprenticeship. Upon completion, successful candidates will achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice.

To apply for the PCDA entrants must have achieved a Level 3 qualification (A level or equivalent) or have successfully completed the online competency based assessment. The force covers all fees relating to this entry route. 

Degree Holder 

The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is for those who already hold a degree in any subject area. This is a two-year academic and practice-based programme. Upon completion, successful candidates will also achieve a Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. The force covers all fees relating to this entry route.

Pre-join Degree

The Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing Practice is for those who choose to complete the degree at a Higher Education Institution of their choosing, at their own cost. Candidates recruited via this route will also undertake academic and practice based training to develop specific skills, assessed against national assessment criteria and operational competence.

More about the Role

To be successful you will need to meet our minimum entry requirements, and demonstrate a passion and commitment to providing a first class policing service to the people of Gwent. Gwent Police prides itself on our exceptional people so if you feel that you would like to come and join us keep an eye on our current vacancies. 

Please be aware that on appointment and during your service you may be posted to any location in Gwent, based on operational need.

If you are from a diverse background and culture and would like to speak with someone about forthcoming recruitment campaigns, opportunities and support available to you, please contact our Positive Action team via e-mail [email protected]

To apply for the role of police constable, you will need to:

  • Be aged 17 years or over (on the day you submit your application) and may take up appointment on reaching the age of 18 or above, if successful.
  • Applicants should be British Citizens, or passport holders from a full EU Member State. You can also apply if you're a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK with indefinite leave to remain.
  • You must have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application. 
  • Have achieved a standard of education equivalent to Level 3 for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (or be able to evidence via assessment that you are capable of achieving this), or a Degree, for the Degree Holder Entry Scheme.
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) plus other organisations such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • If you have a criminal record, this doesn't mean you're automatically ineligible; it depends on the nature of your conviction. Please declare any caution or conviction on your application form, failure to do so will result in failing vetting due to integrity issues.
  • You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, have outstanding County Court Judgements against you, or be subject to a current Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA).
  • Tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent or numerous are not acceptable. Please supply photos and measurements of any tattoos along with your application, as per application guidance.
  • You must hold a full manual driving licence prior to commencing with Gwent Police.
  • Meet the UK Government Eyesight Standards, found here.

When you join Gwent Police as a Police Officer, we'll make a wide range of benefits available to you:

  • Annual Leave
    • 22 days increasing to 30 days with length of service.
  • Bank Holidays
    • 8 Statutory public/bank holidays, taken on the designated day or, if this falls on one of your working days, you will be entitled to take an alternative day. Part-time employees have bank holidays on a pro-rata basis.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
    • The Cycle to Work Scheme enables you to obtain a bike and/or cycling accessories to use for riding to work whilst making tax and National Insurance savings. You rent your chosen bike and cycling equipment through salary sacrifice from Gwent Police.
  • Equality and Diversity
    • Our Equality and diversity objectives are enforced through an established Equality and Diversity Board. This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring we consistently treat our colleagues and public with fairness, dignity and respect.
  • Health and Well-Being Strategy
    • We offer an Occupational Health and Welfare Unit to help maintain both your physical and psychosocial health while you are at work. The service is totally confidential and also includes a counselling service. We also have a wellbeing department that promotes health through force wide initiatives, helps identify trends in workforce wellbeing to put in proactive strategies and support a healthy happy workforce
  •  Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay
    • We have a full occupational Maternity Leave policy available to all employees of Gwent Police. 52 weeks maternity in total, 18 weeks full pay, 21 weeks Statutory Maternity Pay, 13 weeks no pay. This is subject to length of service. We also offer an Adoption Leave policy.
  • Police Pension
    • You'll enjoy the advantages of a contributory pension scheme, which is a Career Average Revalued Earnings Scheme (CARE).
  • Support and advice from our Staff Associations and Support Networks which include
    • Female Police Association, LGBT Network, Black Police Association, Christian Police Association, Ability Support Network and Police Federation.
    • Gwent Police Federation
      • If you opt to join the Gwent Police Federation, you can choose to join a Life Insurance scheme with awards payable to your spouse or partner, and to any dependents. In addition to accessing crucial illness and sickness cover, you can take out insurance at a preferential rate, to cover any legal expenses connected to your job, and to benefit from the best rehabilitation facilities.
  • Training, development and promotion opportunities
    • Within an organisation, which values continued professional development.
  • Additional Benefits
    • Lifestyle and organisational discounts including gyms (as well as on site gyms), restaurants, takeaways, travel, financial products, an eye care scheme and many more.

There are a number of stages to the application process:

Application form

  • First step will be an on-line application process which entails some eligibility ‘killer questions’, if you pass this stage you will be required to complete several on-line tests and an application form.  These tests will include an online Situational Judgement Test and Behavioural Style Questionnaire.
  • If you do not have a Level 3 qualification or above you must also successfully pass a  psychometric test (Verbal Reasoning and Calculation Test).  This will test your academic ability to Level 3.
  • All Test results are provided instantly online.

Assessment centre

  • What is the online assessment process?
    • The online assessment process consists of a three-stage approach designed for the efficient assessment and recruitment of police constables. The three stages are:
    • Stage 1 – Situational judgement test (SJT)
      • As a Gwent Police applicant, you will NOT need to undertake this stage as you would have passed this test as part of the application process.
    • Stage 2 – Competency-based interview
      • You will be asked a series of questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past. This is your opportunity to provide some examples of the key competencies and values that are important for police constables (You can use examples from both your work and your personal life).
    • Stage 3 – Written assessment and briefing exercise
      • This consists of two assessments. Please note that you will receive and be able to take stages 3a and 3b separately.
    • Stage 3a – Written assessment
      • In this exercise, you will assume the role of a police constable and will have to complete an urgent written task for your line manager. You will receive four items of information to help you with this task.
    • Stage 3b – Briefing exercise
      • In this exercise, you will assume the role of a police constable and will have responsibility for dealing with some issues presented to you. You will be tasked with providing a response to a number of questions in relation to this issue. You will be provided with preparation materials to consider your answer.
  • What Technology do I need?
    • You can complete the exercises on any internet-enabled device with a camera (laptop, tablet or phone), but to ensure full compatibility with the online platform, the following should be set up:
      • Your operating system should be Windows 7 (or higher) or Mac OS 10.11 (or higher).
      • Your browser should be the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari.
      • You should have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed
      • A webcam and microphone to record responses.

Pre-appointment checks

  • Further to your Assessment Centre, there are various in force stages you will also be required to successfully complete:
    • In force Interview
      • This will allow the panel to gain a better understanding into your experience and skills, as well as for you to gain a further understanding into the role.
    • Fitness Test
      • You will be required to meet the national standards for Police Officers, this involves a Shuttle run to level 5/4 (Bleep test).
      • If you don’t meet the standard first time around, you can take the test again up to a maximum of three times. You will also be required to attend a pre-appointment fitness test approximately 6 weeks prior to the anticipated appointment date and you must pass this to progress your application.
    • Drugs and Biometric Testing
      • The drugs test will involve undergoing a questionnaire regarding any medication you may have or are taking, and a hair sample.
      • Biometric Testing will involve taking of fingerprints and a DNA (mouth) swab, which will be checked against a national database.
    • Vetting and References
      • References are required to cover a minimum of 3 years continuous employment history. If you have not been in employment for 3 years we will look in addition to obtain education and personal references.
    • Health Check Questionnaire, and Appointment
      • This will include various tests, including Hearing, Vision, Audio, Spirometry, Reflexes and BMI. The Home Office sets BMI standards for police officers. The current Home Office circular 59/2004 outlines this as between 18 and 30.
  • These pre-appointment checks can sometimes take between three and six months. Please be aware that you must attend any appointments in your own time, including your uniform fitting appointment.

Successful appointment

  • Once you have completed all pre-employment checks, you'll be allocated a place on the next available intake, and allocated a uniform fitting appointment.

 Once appointed

  • The first year of police training will be classroom based. Police officers and police staff trainers will deliver the course at a police-training establishment.
  • This is a non-residential course designed to help maximise learning potential both academically and practically and start developing operational policing skills.
  • The classroom syllabus is based on the curriculum developed by the College of Policing, which covers all areas required for the role of a Police Constable. Various E-learning packages alongside fitness, first aid and personal safety training will also be undertaken.
  • At various stages of the course, student constables will need to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge through informal and formal assessment processes. This will include multiple choice examinations, assignments and practical assessments.
  • Student constables are always expected to display the appropriate behaviour and attitude during their training in line with the police service’s Code of Ethics.
  • Following the successful completion of year one-student officers will commence a period of tutoring at an operational police station with a qualified tutor. Successful completion of the tutor phase will allow student constables to be placed on independent patrol.
  • In years two and three, whilst working in an operational environment, student constables on the apprenticeship will be working towards achieving a degree in Professional Policing Practise whilst Degree holder student constables will be working towards achieving a Graduate Certificate in Professional Policing.
  • Students on both programmes will be required to complete an occupational competency portfolio during their probationary periods, and they will be required to complete work outside training hours.

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