Be a Force for Good


Recruitment opens in Wiltshire on Monday 23 September 2019


Click here to go to our new Talent Bank where you can register your interest before applications open

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

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 highly rewarding work and you can make a real difference to your community. You will support victims and witnesses, providing reassurance to victims of crime and anti-social behaviour. 

CPT on patrol in Amesbury

People will look to you for guidance and protection from such experiences, so you will need to be able to see things from their perspective, tailoring your approach to address their needs and fears.

You will thrive on challenges and be willing to work hard to learn the skills necessary for this difficult, but critical public service role.  Every day when go to work you will be making life safer and more secure for your family, friends, neighbours and communities you serve.

About the College of Policing PEQFThe College of Policing is introducing 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.   The new framework includes three new entry routes for Police Constable professional training.

New entry routes for trainee police constables


We are  delighted to be working in partnership with the University of South Wales to co-deliver specialist Police Constable training from June 2020. Wiltshire Police is one of five police forces in the South West and Wales to partner with the University. 


USW Operational Policing Courses Three new entry routes from June 2020

  1. A three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, leading to a BSc (Hons) in Professional Policing Practice
  2. A two-year postgraduate Degree Holder Entry Programme, leading to a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice
  3. A pre-join undergraduate Professional Policing Degree - a three or four year university course you complete before applying to join the police service.   

Route 1.  Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) 
  • Three year academic and practice based programme for individuals who do not already hold a degree
  • On completion, successful candidates will be awarded a Degree in Professional Policing Practice
  • You will need Level 2 Maths and English (GCSE graded 9-4/A*-C or equivalent) and a Level 3 qualification (A Level or equivalent). See educational requirements section for details.
  • Applicants will need to provide proof of qualifications
  • We cover all course fees

More information on the PCDA

PCDA - Your Questions Answered

Route 2.     Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

  • Two year academic and practice based programme for those who already hold a degree in any subject.
  • On completion, successful candidates will be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.
  • You will need a Level 6 qualification in any subject.  
  • Applicants will need to provide proof of qualifications.
  • We cover all course fees 
More information on the DHEP

DHEP - Your Questions Answered

Route 3.     Pre-Join Degree Entry

  • For individuals who choose to complete a Degree in Professional Policing Practice at a Higher Education Institution of their choosing, at their own cost. 
  • Candidates carry out academic and practice based training to develop specific skills, assessed on national assessment criteria and operational competence.
  • The University of South Wales, our partners in specialist police education, is seeking undergraduates for two new courses;
  • Three year BSc (Hons) Professional Policing
  • Four year  BSc (Hons) Professional Policing, including Foundation Year  

More information on the Pre-join degree in Professional Policing is available on the College of Policing website


What's in it for me?

Am I eligible?

Educational requirements

Your Questions Answered

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