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 full A levels, grade A-E, or equivalent, or higher. Your application will be rejected if your highest qualification is lower than two full A levels or their equivalent.
  • 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.


In Spring 2019, we will be introducing a number of new pathways into policing. The below events offer an opportunity to learn more about the entry routes including the eligibility and application process. They are free to attend and places can be booked in advance via our careers portal.

  • Monday 18 February, 5pm – 6.30pm, Reading College, RG1 4HJ
  • Monday 18 February, 7pm – 8.30pm, Reading College, RG1 4HJ

Future pathways into policing

Early 2019 will see TVP introduce new entry routes into policing including the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP). Policing increasingly requires its staff to think critically, exercise judgement, challenge accepted norms, make decisions independently and communicate confidently. These new entry routes will help develop these vital competencies in new officers, equipping them with the skills and understanding of areas critical for policing in the modern era including cybercrime and dealing with vulnerable people. Both routes in will be open to anyone between the age of 18-55 who meets the eligibility requirements.

Policing can be an extremely rewarding career offering diverse prospects including opportunity for promotion and specialism once you are established; for example detective pathway, major crime, counter-terrorism, firearms and roads policing.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
A three-year programme combining on-the-job practical learning and operational competence with academic learning. On successfully finishing the programme you complete your probation and achieve a degree in Professional Policing. The PCDA means that you have the opportunity to earn while you learn and achieve a degree.

Degree-Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
For those who already possess a degree in another subject but want to join the force. A two-year programme combining on-the-job practical learning and operational competence with academic learning. On successful completion you complete your probation and achieve a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.