Have you got what it takes? Sussex Police launches police officer recruitment



Monday (9 March) saw the launch of Sussex Police’s latest round of police officer recruitment. This launch focuses on recruiting for non-degree holders and runs for two weeks closing on Monday, 23 March. 

Policing in the 21st Century is facing new professional challenges and the communities served by the police are increasingly diverse and complex, with differing needs and priorities. 

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is an exciting new route open to those wishing to have a career in policing. The PCDA is a three-year apprenticeship programme with both on and off the job learning. All successful recruits will be employed as a police officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying for a degree, whilst being paid a salary. Individuals will not be charged any tuition fees – so there is no need for student loans.  

Upon successful completion of the programme and probationary period, individuals will achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. The starting salary is £22,380 per annum (including South East Allowance of £1,500). 

Depending upon vacancies available in force there is the opportunity to progress through the ranks and/or specialise in an area of policing.


Chief Constable Giles York said: “I am really pleased to welcome applications for our 2021 police officer recruitment.

"Policing will appeal to those who want to make a difference, offering a lifetime of opportunities and I appeal particularly to those who may never have thought policing was for them.

"We are looking to attract the next generation of police officers.  A career as a police officer is very challenging with exceptional job satisfaction and just so rewarding; for example long hours, shift-work, responding to possibly traumatic incidents and seeing the very real, sometimes life-changing, if not life-saving, differences you can make.

"We are looking for energetic and engaging people with resilience, confidence, compassion and empathy - it’s an incredibly fulfilling career with great opportunities to progress.

"The public will see more policing where it is needed most, always prioritising areas where communities face the greatest challenges.

"Police officers make challenging decisions which impact the public every day. They face complex issues, often in dangerous situations, with growing demands from digital investigation and vulnerable individuals.

"In short, they really change people's lives." 

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “I am pleased that the recruitment window is open again for police officers in Sussex, continuing our biggest recruitment drive in a decade. 

"I know from speaking extensively to residents that they value their police force very highly and they want to see more visible policing in the areas where they live and work. 

"Sussex residents deserve the very best police force and I am confident that we will attract high calibre candidates. 

"So, if you feel you have what it takes and want to play a vital role in your community, apply today!” 

Careers don’t come more personally rewarding that this. Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people, dealing with people when they are at their most vulnerable and being the person everyone looks to for help. A police officer’s role is demanding and diverse. 

If you have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be the first person in, have the compassion and empathy to help those in need, who’ll have your colleagues’ back no matter what and the resilience to serve the community every single day then we want to hear from you. 

For more information visit our recruitment page or apply.

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