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’re looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people who’ll be committed to our vision, people who will be the best at understanding and responding to the needs of the community, protecting the most vulnerable, catching criminals and keeping the public safe while abiding by the policing Code of Ethics.
We have a three-year plan to fulfil the Government’s promise to increase the number of police officers in the UK and will be recruiting regularly over the next three years.
Our next recruitment window | spring 2022
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 our positive action team.
Which route will you choose?
The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is a three-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 (2x A level or equivalent) or successfully completed the online competency based assessment. The force covers all academic qualification fees relating to this entry route.
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 academic qualification fees relating to this entry route.
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, and will be assessed against national criteria and operational competencies.
Working with Gwent Police
Joining Gwent Police as a new police constable is the start of an exciting and rewarding journey that could take you anywhere.
Policing is not all about being on the front line. Once you have completed your probationary period and become a full constable there are a variety of different roles you can progress into, each with competitive salaries and excellent benefits.
Whether its dog handling, public protection or the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), there is a range of potential career opportunities waiting for you.
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, if successful, take up appointment on reaching the age of 18.
- Applicants should be British citizens, or a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area, Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK and free from restrictions.
- You must have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to applying (if this is not the case, please contact the force vetting manager in the force to which you’re applying to ascertain whether it is possible for the residency criteria to be waived).
- Have achieved a standard of education equivalent to Level 3 for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (or be able to evidence this via an assessment) or a Degree, for the Degree Holder Entry Scheme.
- Not be a current or previous member of a proscribed terrorist organisation or group.
- 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 the vetting process 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 employment with Gwent Police.
- Meet the UK Government eyesight standards, which can be found here.
The application process
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March 2020, and additional guidance introduced to keep our communities safe, all SEARCH and Day One activity has been postponed until 2021. As the COVID situation develops, it became clear that digital solutions to police recruitment would be required.
In response to this, the College of Policing have developed an online assessment process that enables effective assessment of the required competencies and values that are important for police constables, and meets the current standards for assessing new recruits.
To ensure consistency and fairness to candidates, the online assessment process will remain in place throughout the remainder of 2020. As part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation, the College will continue to review the candidate, assessor and force experience with a view to enhancing the process during this period. A full review will take place later in the year and forces will be notified in advance of any reintroduction of face-to-face assessment centres.
The new process will enable rapid recruitment without face-to-face contact while social distancing measures are required. It will also enable secure online assessment to be part of an efficient and user-friendly candidate journey in the future. The process incorporates a progressive sifting approach to effectively identify those most suitable for the role of a police officer.
- The first step will be an online application process which includes some eligibility ‘killer questions’. If you pass this stage you will be required to complete several online 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.
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 the 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.
Online assessment explained
- Please see the video at the bottom of this page.
What technology do I need?
You can use a desktop or laptop computer, as well as mobile devices to complete your assessments and interview. If planning on using a mobile device, please download ‘Launchpad interview’ from your device’s app store.
Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, browsers are supported and recommended, though others may work too.
You will need speakers or headphones to hear instructions, and a webcam or inbuilt camera and microphone, to record sound and video.
The interview process has been designed to get a more rounded picture of you as an individual. It examines how your values and those of Gwent Police might match.
By carrying out this interview we are ensuring that you are making the right career choice and thus will have every chance of being a successful Gwent Police constable.
The purpose of the second interview is to verify your suitability in line with the Policing values and behaviours within the competency value framework to become a police officer at Gwent Police.
During the interview, we will check your understanding of the police force, your previous experience and skills and your desire to become a Police Officer and serve the community.
You will be asked four questions during the interview, but may be probed further to ascertain more information.
We may ask for specific examples of when you have dealt with situations focusing on your experience and skills.
We may also ask you forward facing questions on how you would deal with certain circumstances.
You may want to structure your response in line with the STAR Model:
- SITUATION - Set the scene.
- TASK - Outline what the goal to achieve was.
- ACTION - Describe the actions you took.
- RESULTS - What was the RESULT or a need to REVIEW.
The interview will last approximately 30 minutes.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of interview.
Try to relax and be yourself during the interview, be honest and tell us about yourself.
Please wear smart business attire and arrive on time for your interview slot.
Further to your assessment centre, there are various in-force stages you will also be required to successfully complete:
- 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 six 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 on any medication you are taking, or have been taking, and a hair sample.
- Biometric testing will involve taking 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 of continuous employment history. If you have not been in employment for 3 years we will look 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.
Once you have completed all pre-employment checks, you will move to the next stage of the process.
For uniformed roles, you'll be allocated a place on the next available intake and allocated a uniform fitting appointment.
For staff roles, you will receive information about a start date, be provided with an offer letter, the terms and conditions applicable to the role and receive contact from your line manager.
- The 26 weeks 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 classroom-based learning 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, while working in an operational environment, student constables on the apprenticeship will be working towards achieving a degree in Professional Policing Practise while 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.
Benefits of working for Gwent Police
- Whether you join on the PCDA route or DHEP route, your starting salary will be £21,402 per annum.
- Your salary will rise to £41,130 after 7 years.
- 22 days, increasing to 30 days with length of service.
- 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.
You'll enjoy the advantages of a contributory pension scheme, which is a Career Average Revalued Earnings Scheme (CARE).
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.
Our employee assistance programme is provided by CareFirst, is free to all and available 24 hours a day all year round, providing confidential support for problems that can affect performance, health, and mental and emotional wellbeing.
We offer an Occupational Health and Welfare Unit to help maintain both your physical and psychological health while at work. The service is confidential and includes a counselling service.
The Occupational Health team aims to support attendance and effectiveness by working proactively to minimise health risks and to promote individual responsibility for health, fitness and wellbeing. You are also eligible for a free eye test.
There are many sports teams for you to join from running, hockey, fishing and football. There are also free gym facilities at a number of our sites.
We have a full occupational maternity leave policy available to all employees of Gwent Police. 52 weeks maternity in total: 18 weeks at full pay, 21 weeks of statutory maternity pay, and 13 weeks of no pay. This is subject to length of service. We also offer an adoption leave policy.
There are a range of associations, networks and groups supporting our workforce and Gwent Police has a range of initiatives and schemes to help colleagues develop.
Our staff networks offer support and friendship to our officers, staff and the local community alike. They work to support and advise colleagues nationally and we are proud of the active part they play in influencing policing across the UK.
The networks and associations include:
- The Disability Support Network
- The Women in Policing Network (GWiP)
- The Gwent Police Ethnic Minority Association (GEMA)
- The LGBT+ Network
- The Christian Police Association
- The Mental Health Support Network
- Police Sport Gwent
- Police Superintendents Association
- Welsh Speakers and Learners Network
- Unison and
- The Police Federation.
Only Police Officers can join the Police Federation, if you opt to join the 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 also benefit from the best rehabilitation facilities.
To promote healthy journeys to work, Gwent Police and Cycle Solutions have working together to provide staff and officers with the opportunity with a new bike and safety equipment, with big discount off the total price, spreading the cost over 18 months.
Lifestyle and organisational discounts including gym memberships (as well as on-site gyms), restaurants, takeaways, travel, financial products, an eye care scheme and more.
Police officers are offered ongoing training, guidance and support to help with personal and professional development. If there is a desire to progress, individuals are helped to move through the ranks into senior positions within the force.
Our rank structure:
- Chief Inspector
- Chief Superintendent
- Assistant Chief Constable
- Deputy Chief Constable
- Chief Constable.