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Megan's story

A police officer's job is to reduce crime and the fear of crime. 

Working as part of a close knit team, you will serve and protect our diverse communities across Wiltshire and Swindon.  

You will deal with different situations every day, building confidence and trust with the public. It's demanding, unpredictable, but rewarding work and you can make a real difference to your community. You will support victims and witnesses and give reassurance to victims of crime and anti-social behaviour.  People look to you for guidance and protection from such experiences, so you will need to see things from their perspective, tailoring your approach to address their needs and fears.

You will thrive on challenges and work hard to learn the skills needed for this difficult, critical public service role.  Every day when go to work you will make life safer and more secure for your family, friends, neighbours and community.

Beth's story...


New qualifications

The College of Policing has introduced a new standardised qualifications framework (PEQF) for all 43 police forces in England and Wales, to enable the police service to become a graduate profession, like teaching and nursing.   It includes three new entry routes for Police Constable professional training.

We are  delighted to be working in partnership with the University of South Wales to co-deliver specialist Police Constable training. Wiltshire Police is one of five police forces in the South West and Wales to partner with the University. 

Myles' story

Three entry routes 

1. A 3-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), leading to a BSc (Hons) in Professional Policing Practice

2. A 2-year postgraduate Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP), leading to a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice

3. A pre-join undergraduate Professional Policing Degree - a 3 or 4-year university course you complete before applying to join the police service.  Some universities offer the pre-join route as a 2-year consolidated course. We hope to be able to offer this entry route in 2021

More on the PCDA and Degree Holder entry routes

Your Questions Answered 


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