We are not currently accepting applications for police officers. If this is the career for you, however, please register your interest in future opportunities by clicking one of the links below and we will contact you when we are next recruiting.

  • If you have a degree please click here.
  • If you don’t have a degree and would like to study towards a one while undertaking your police officer training, click here.

Careers don’t come more rewarding than this.

Tackling crime, taking knives off the streets, engaging and educating young people and being the person everyone looks towards for help. A Police Officer’s role is demanding and diverse – no two days are the same.

We’re looking for people who have the judgment to make quick decisions; are confident to be 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 the community every single day.

In return, we promise you a good starting salary, great training experiences, opportunities for progression, the chance to achieve a professional qualification in Policing Practice and the pride that comes from helping others. You will become part of our policing family; dedicated to keeping communities safe and feeling safe, identifying and protecting vulnerable people, preventing and responding to harm.

In the past, we’ve received high volumes of applications, so we recommend that you submit your application as early as possible. Follow our social media accounts for more information.

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Have you got what it takes?

Being a police officer is one of the most personally rewarding, challenging and diverse careers available to you.

It’s a vital role and offers a great sense of pride from helping and protecting those within our community.

From being the first on the scene or arresting an abuser to being a shoulder to cry on and a reassuring face; this role is thrilling yet constantly challenging. You’ll work in a fast-paced 24/7 environment where no two shifts will be the same. You could find yourself:

  • Acting on emergency calls.
  • Investigating reported crimes.
  • Apprehending, arresting and interviewing suspects.
  • Collecting evidence at crime scenes.
  • Dealing with accidents and incidents.
  • Supporting victims and witnesses of domestic abuse.
  • Engaging with children and young people to help change perceptions of the police.
  • Working with emergency service colleagues from Ambulance, Fire and Rescue.
  • Responding to reports of anti-social behaviour.
  • Being a visible presence at large scale public events.


You need to be prepared for anything. Which is why we have introduced our new entry routes into policing; providing you with the skills and capabilities to be a successful police officer in the ever-changing environment.

There are also many opportunities to progress through the ranks and/or specialise in any area of policing that interests you most – Detective, Firearms, Public Protection or the Dog Unit are just as some examples.

You’ll need to be compassionate and confident yet calm with the judgment to make quick decisions, ask the right questions to gauge the situation in front of you and respond appropriately. It’s not all 'blues-and-twos'; building strong relationships with the public, victims, witnesses and suspects are also critical so being a good communicator, listener and empathic are all vital too. You’ll face some of the most difficult situations you can think of, and some of the most interesting. Finding the balance is key and being able to separate emotion from fact can often be challenging; however, you will always be supported – we are a family.

Most importantly, you’ll simply want to make a difference.

Are you eligible?

To apply for the role, you will:

  • Be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application).

  • Have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application.

  • Have leave to enter or leave to remain and work in the UK for an indefinite period.

  • Have a full manual driving licence (by the time of appointment).

  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front.

  • Not have tattoos which could cause offence.

  • Not have motoring offences.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

To be considered for entry to the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, applicants must have achieved a standard of education to Level 3 i.e. A Level (A-C), BTEC Diploma or equivalent. They must also hold level 2 GCSE/functional skills in both Maths and English or education equivalent to Level 2 before you’re offered a role. Find out information about your level of education.

Applicants without Level 3 qualifications can be considered if:

  • You are a serving or previously serving PCSO or Special Constable with any force and have independent patrol status (IPS).  Internal applicants will need to have completed their tenure before being given a final offer but this does not affect being able to apply before completing this. Previous service is a minimum of 18 months and you must not have left longer than 18 months ago.


  • Previously served in the military, armed forces or similar law enforcement agency, have successfully completed the minimum term of service and have an exemplary reference (previous service in military or armed forces is a minimum of two years within the last five years).


  • Previously served in another emergency service role considered to be operational by Sussex Police for a minimum of two years within the last five years and have an exemplary reference.


  • Serving or previous service with any police force which is considered to be operational (Contact Handlers/Force Control Room Operative, Designated Detention Officer, Investigating Officer/Crime Investigator – exceptions to these roles will be considered on a case-by-case basis) and have completed a minimum 18 months service. Internal applicants will need to have completed their tenure before being given a final offer. You must have an exemplary reference (previous service is a minimum of 18 months and you must not have left left no longer than 18 months ago). Exceptions to the roles listed will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


  • You have gained a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.


Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

Applicants for the DHEP should have successfully completed, and be able to evidence, a UK undergraduate honours degree (360 credits) in any subject. Applicants with non – UK degrees can be considered if their degree is recognised as equivalent by UK NARIC but will need to provide evidence of an acceptable English language qualification if their degree was not taught and assessed in English.


For further information on eligibility, please read our helpful guide.

What we offer you

When you join Sussex Police, you can expect a career with variety, diversity, challenges, rewards and now, a professional qualification. You’ll be a key figure on the front line, a vital job that matters to the public but also matters to us.

We will give you:

  • A starting salary of at least £22,380 (including South East Allowance of £1,500) depending on your chosen entry route, with the potential to rise to £41,628 within the first seven years.
  • Fully-funded professional qualification – either a Degree in Professional Policing Practice or Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice depending on your existing education.
  • 22 days per year annual leave, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service.
  • Opportunity to progress through the ranks and/or specialise in an area of policing that interests you most.
  • A competitive benefits package including:
    • Highly competitive pension scheme.
    • Flexible benefits.
    • An employee assistance programme for advice and counselling.
    • Access to discounts, savings and cash back rewards.
  • Progressive approach to flexible working, enhanced maternity and paternity leave and potential for a career break (after two years’ service).
  • Opportunities to join various support networks, staff associations and sports clubs.


Read more about what you can expect from us as an employer.

Police Officer training

By successfully completing the recruitment process, you will be the first in the county to join Sussex Police as a Police Officer through the new entry routes.

Police officers make challenging decisions which impact the public every day. They face complex issues, often in dangerous situation, with growing demands from digital investigation and vulnerable individuals. The existing recruit training programme wasn’t designed with these demands in mind. The new entry routes recognise constables operate at a level where they take personal responsibility for decisions in complex, unpredictable environments and help provide the skills and capabilities necessary for policing in the 21st Century.


We currently offer:

  • The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship is the new entry route for Police Constables and will be launched in December 2019. It is a three-year apprenticeship programme with both on and off the job learning. Upon successfully finishing the programme, and completing probation, individuals will achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. Starting salary is £20,880 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance.


  • The Degree Holder Entry Programme is aimed at degree-holders who have attained a degree in any subject area. At the end of this two-year practice-based programme, individuals will receive a Level Six Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. Starting salary is £24,177 per annum plus £1,500 South East Allowance.


You will be employed as an officer from day one, gaining valuable experience of the role alongside studying towards your degree.  You will also be paid a salary while studying and will not be charged any tuition fees – therefore no need for student loans.

How do I apply?

So you want to join us as a Police Officer.

You’re only able to apply to one police force or service at a time. If, in the past six months, you’ve applied unsuccessfully to another police force or service in England and Wales which requires candidates to undertake the Police Assessment Centre, your application will not be accepted.

The application process consists of several stages and it’s important to note that because of this, the average time from application to appointment is between 8–10 months. Candidates will be notified at the end of each stage whether they have been successful and therefore eligible to proceed to the next stage. Only by adopting this stringent approach can we ensure we select people who will make great police officers.

Stage one – application form: This is where we check your personal details and that all eligibility criteria have been met.

Stage two – online assessment: We use a combination of behaviour style questions and situational judgment tests. The behaviour styles questionnaire measures your typical behaviour and preferences at work. With the situation judgment test, your judgment and decision-making skills in relation to job relevant situations will be assessed. You do not need prior knowledge of policing policies and procedures to respond to the scenarios.

Stage three – national assessment centre: The national assessment centre is held in Reading. Day One is an immersive experience which places you in the position of a Police Constable on the first day of your new team; completing seven exercises which have been designed around realistic policing scenarios. You can find out further information here.

Stage four – in-Force interview: This interview will be based upon the competency and values framework.

Stage five – pre-employment checks: This is when we begin our pre-employment checks which consist of a medical, vetting, biometric vetting and a fitness test. Further information on the checks can be found in the FAQs below.


If your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an email to your registered email address. If you have submitted an application but have not received a notification please first check your Spam/Junk folder before emailing recruitment@sussex.pnn.police.uk providing your full name, telephone number and the date you submitted your application.


If you have any questions about the role or the recruitment process, please read our helpful guide.

We’re also happy to discuss further – please contact recruitment@sussex.pnn.police.uk to arrange.