Life as a Police Officer
“When we first receive a job from a 999 call at first it’s a surge of adrenaline - your mind is racing thinking of all of the possible outcomes and what's expected of you. Then you arrive, your mind clears, your training kicks in and you take control of the situation. All while keeping in mind who might be a victim and what support they may need. It’s exciting and rewarding knowing I’m having a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Alex, Police Officer
As a police officer, you will hold one of the most vital roles within our community. The public face of Sussex Police, you will ensure we’re fulfilling our commitment to keep communities safe and feeling safe, that we identify and protect vulnerable people and are continually preventing and responding to harm.
You will deal with an array of situations, working in a fast-paced environment where no two shifts will be the same. From tracking down known criminals to the sensitive delivery of difficult news; you’ll be the person everyone looks to for help and guidance.
With major cities, ports, rural villages and an international airport; there’s a lot of ground to cover. Our officers are attached to:
- Brighton and Hove
- East Sussex
- West Sussex
- Operations Command
- Public Protection
As a 24/7 service, police officers typically work 40 hours per week, in shifts, including weekends and bank holidays. We aim to offer part-time and flexible options and are currently reviewing how this can be done - an example shift pattern can be viewed here.
With the launch of our new entry routes into policing, we’ve enhanced our training. While remaining focused on practical policing, with the majority of development taking place on the job alongside experienced colleagues, this vocational approach will better equip recruits to meet the demands of modern policing. New topics include digital policing, safeguarding and identifying risk.
The starting salary for officers is £22,380 on our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship or £25,677 for the Degree Holder Entry Programme (both include £1,500 South East Allowance). There are also many opportunities for progression within Sussex Police. Whether you wish to move through the ranks, or specialise in an area of policing which interests you, you will be encouraged and supported to achieve your ambitions.