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When you join us as a police officer, we’ll make a wide range of benefits available to you.

Recruitment update for police officers – coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we wanted to update you on the current position for the continuation of our recruitment processes.

Welcoming future police officers is as important as ever and recruiting individuals that are passionate about making a difference to the communities we serve.

We are making some changes to some of the recruitment elements in our process to be able to do these virtually, some of which are already in place and some to get in place as quickly as we can. Local forces are now running virtual interviews and we are working with the College of Policing on a virtual national force assessment centre which we expect to be ready in the coming weeks. This means a change for the timeframe of the process and we will keep you up-to-date with the progress of your application.

Our recruitment team are committed to supporting you and appreciate current circumstances may mean more questions, so please drop us a note with any questions you have at: BCHCareers@Herts.pnn.police.uk.

We look forward to receiving your application and progressing the ones we have already received!


All new police officers working full time (40 hours per week), will receive a starting salary of £24,177.

In addition, we’ll also provide new officers with an annual regional allowance of £2,000. Your starting salary will therefore be a total of £26,177, with annual increments up to a salary of £37,626.

You’ll enjoy the advantages of a contributory pension scheme, which offers generous benefits based on final salary. You’ll also benefit from an annual leave allowance that starts at 22 days, and rises to 30 days, dependent on your length of service.

If you opt to join the Hertfordshire 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 to benefit from the best rehabilitation facilities.

We give people the support they need to make a positive contribution to our services, so for all the benefits you’ll receive as part of working for us, see our working with us section.

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