Sussex Police Launches Police Officer Recruitment

As a result of increased funding to the precept from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sussex Police launch their latest recruitment drive on Monday 9 March until 23 March 2020 and are looking for people who have got what it takes to join them on the front-line as a police officer.

Being a police officer is one of the most personally rewarding, challenging and diverse careers available. Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help; no two days are the same.

Officers are dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm. It is a vital role in our mission to protect and serve the people of Sussex. Which is why they’re looking for people who 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 their colleagues back no matter what and the resilience to serve our community every single day.

In return, successful recruits are promised a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression through the ranks or within specialist fields such as detective, roads policing, firearms and public protection and the pride that comes from helping others.

Individuals can now join as an officer through one of two new entry routes, created by the College of Policing with the demands of modern day policing in mind. Launched in Sussex in December 2019, the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) offers three-year apprenticeship programme where individuals will study towards a degree in professional policing practice.

The Degree Holder Entry Programme is aimed at existing degree holders of any subject area and will launch in early 2020. Offering a two-year practice based programme, individuals receive a level six graduate diploma in professional policing practice.

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!”

For more information visit our recruitment page or apply.