It’s National Careers Week, consider joining Hertfordshire Constabulary and be part of a force that’s putting crime and harm prevention first.
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If you’d like a career that makes a difference and is full of opportunity, there are so many routes to become a police officer.
We’re currently taking applications for four different police officer training courses, with something to suit everyone:
Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – join as a police officer and achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Policing Practice. This is a three-year, work-based, practical and vocational degree.
Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) – graduates with a degree in any subject can achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice while training as a police officer over two years. A detective DHEP course is coming soon.
Accelerated Detective Constable Programme – a year of intensive training and practical experience followed by a year of three placements, whilst completing training to obtain the relevant qualifications to become a detective.
Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) course – train to be a police officer over two years. Candidates will be considered even if they do not have GCSE maths and English, usually minimum requirements.
“As a police officer you will make a real difference in your community, reducing crimes and making people safer,” said Inspector Gemma Badat, Positive Action lead in Workforce Development. “It’s truly rewarding. It’s a career that delivers both personal satisfaction and the opportunity to make a visible difference within the community. Every day is different. Ask any of our officers why they like their job, and chances are, that's the answer you'll get.
“Of course it is also one of the most challenging careers you can choose, being physically, mentally and emotionally demanding, but our training courses prepare you well for what you face out there and we are one big police family in Herts.”
She added: “If exam results have been a barrier to applying to become a police officer and you think you’ve got what it takes, the IPLDP course is a good opportunity if you’d would like to switch roles.”