Inspire change in your community as a Police Officer

We are currently open for Police Officer recruitment. Please visit our careers portal for further information.

As a police officer, you’ll be helping us to make a difference by making life safer and more secure in our communities.

It’s a role that can be challenging, but also highly rewarding and exciting. Your day will be constantly changing and no two are ever the same. You may find yourself out in a response team fighting major crime, patrolling the streets as part of a neighbourhood team or gathering information in the force intelligence team.

We are looking for candidates who are both professional and approachable, who can build relationships with their communities and colleagues. You need to be enthusiastic, reliable, self-disciplined, flexible and confident enough to take control of situations.

We have a strong commitment to equality and diversity both within the organisation and in the service we provide to our communities. We want to reflect the communities we serve and one way we look to achieve this is through a 'positive action' approach.

There is also a fantastic range of benefits, including the following:

  • starting salary of £25,586 (which includes £2,000 south-east allowance)
  • annual leave of 22 days; this increases to 30 days with increased length of service
  • generous pension scheme
  • training and development throughout your career, including opportunities to specialise or consider promotion
  • support and advice from our Occupational Health Unit, Welfare Services, Chaplaincy, Leadership & Development Team and a range of staff associations
  • lifestyle benefits including sports and social facilities and activities, cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers


To apply for a role as a Police Officer you must:

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be a British or Commonwealth citizen or an EU/European Economic Area national
  • have leave to remain in the UK indefinitely
  • have a full manual UK or EEA driving licence before receiving a formal offer of appointment or obtain it during the recruitment process
  • have two A levels, grade A-E, or equivalent, or higher
  • have a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) or obtain it during the recruitment process
  • not have served any period of imprisonment or youth detention
  • be in good health, of sound constitution and able to physically and mentally perform the duties of a police officer once appointed
  • not have piercings or tattoos which could cause offence
  • not have applied unsuccessfully within the last 6 months
  • live within 20 crow miles of two of our main police stations by formal offer of appointment. Consideration might be given to those living within 20 crow miles of one police station and up to 30 crow miles of another of our main police stations. A degree of flexibility is expected in terms of postings

If you have a criminal record or conviction, it may lead to your application being rejected. We will take into account factors including the date and circumstances of the offence, plus evidence of good character since the offence.

Future pathways into policing

Late 2018 will see TVP introduce new entry routes into policing including the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) which will be open to anyone between the age of 18-55 who meets the eligibility requirements.

The PCDA will be a three-year programme combining on-the-job practical and academic learning, resulting in formal degree qualification. The PCDA pathway will mean that individuals will have the opportunity to earn while they learn.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for this exciting new entry route for a policing career which will start in 2019.