OUR ROLES

Policing is a vast and varied career choice, with endless opportunities to progress. After your probation, you can move into a specialist role or climb the ranks into senior policing.

NEIGHBOURHOOD OFFICER

Neighbourhood officers spend time getting to know local people, organisations and issues, and use a range of problem-solving skills to address community issues.

MOUNTED OFFICER

As well as supporting community engagement and patrolling the streets, you’ll work with our police horses to keep people safe at public events such as big football matches and demonstrations.

MARINE OFFICER

Marine officers help to police our waterways, making checks on the ports and marinas, assisting with underwater searches for evidence, and recovering bodies

DOG HANDLER

You’ll conduct searches with your dog, including locating missing persons, assisting in arresting offenders and supporting officers in their investigations.

MOTOR PATROLS

Our traffic officers provide a visible presence on the roads to deter crime and reassure the community. You’ll attend and control the scene of road-related incidents, which may be serious, fatal and life altering.

RESPONSE OFFICER

Following a 999 call, you’ll provide frontline response to a wide range of incidents, including complex and sometimes confrontational situations.

FIREARMS OFFICER

Specially trained firearms officers respond to high-risk incidents, take part in proactive policing operations and provide public reassurance at events.

DETECTIVE

As a detective constable, you’ll help to solve investigations into crime such as theft and burglaries, domestic abuse and hate crime incidents, knife crime and missing persons. As you gain more experience, you can specialise to work in safeguarding, major crime, cyber crime and beyond.

UNDERCOVER OPERATIVE

As an undercover operative, you’ll be tasked with establishing relationships with those who have committed crimes in order to gain information and intelligence during an investigation.

NEIGHBOURHOOD OFFICER

Neighbourhood officers spend time getting to know local people, organisations and issues, and use a range of problem-solving skills to address community issues.

MOUNTED OFFICER

As well as supporting community engagement and patrolling the streets, you’ll work with our police horses to keep people safe at public events such as big football matches and demonstrations.

MARINE OFFICER

Marine officers help to police our waterways, making checks on the ports and marinas, assisting with underwater searches for evidence, and recovering bodies

DOG HANDLER

You’ll conduct searches with your dog, including locating missing persons, assisting in arresting offenders and supporting officers in their investigations.

MOTOR PATROLS

Our traffic officers provide a visible presence on the roads to deter crime and reassure the community. You’ll attend and control the scene of road-related incidents, which may be serious, fatal and life altering.

RESPONSE OFFICER

Following a 999 call, you’ll provide frontline response to a wide range of incidents, including complex and sometimes confrontational situations.

FIREARMS OFFICER

Specially trained firearms officers respond to high-risk incidents, take part in proactive policing operations and provide public reassurance at events.

DETECTIVE

As a detective constable, you’ll help to solve investigations into crime such as theft and burglaries, domestic abuse and hate crime incidents, knife crime and missing persons. As you gain more experience, you can specialise to work in safeguarding, major crime, cyber crime and beyond.

UNDERCOVER OPERATIVE

As an undercover operative, you’ll be tasked with establishing relationships with those who have committed crimes in order to gain information and intelligence during an investigation.

NEIGHBOURHOOD
OFFICER

Neighbourhood officers spend time getting to know local people, organisations and issues, and use a range of problem-solving skills to address community issues.

MOUNTED
OFFICER

As well as supporting community engagement and patrolling the streets, you’ll work with our police horses to keep people safe at public events such as big football matches and demonstrations.

MARINE
OFFICER

Marine officers help to police our waterways, making checks on the ports and marinas, assisting with underwater searches for evidence, and recovering bodies.

DOG
HANDLER

You’ll conduct searches with your dog, including locating missing persons, assisting in arresting offenders and supporting officers in their investigations.

MOTOR
PATROLS

Our traffic officers provide a visible presence on the roads to deter crime and reassure the community. You’ll attend and control the scene of road-related incidents, which may be serious, fatal and life altering.

RESPONSE
OFFICER

Following a 999 call, you’ll provide frontline response to a wide range of incidents, including complex and sometimes confrontational situations.

FIREARMS
OFFICER

Specially trained firearms officers respond to high-risk incidents, take part in proactive policing operations and provide public reassurance at events.

UNDERCOVER
OPERATIVE

As an undercover operative, you’ll be tasked with establishing relationships with those who have committed crimes in order to gain information and intelligence during an investigation.

DETECTIVE

As a detective constable, you’ll help to solve investigations into crime such as theft and burglaries, domestic abuse and hate crime incidents, knife crime and missing persons. As you gain more experience, you can specialise to work in safeguarding, major crime, cyber crime and beyond.

Ways into policing

Our entry routes into policing are largely focused around your academic qualifications and previous qualifications. Whether you already have a degree, you’re looking to gain one or you’re looking to become a uniformed officer without training for a higher education qualification, there are several ways into the world of frontline policing.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

✘ If you don’t have a degree

Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP)

✘ If you don’t have a degree

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

✔ If you have a degree

Graduate Detective Programme (GDP)

✔ If you have a degree

Getting started
Ways into policing

entry routes into policing are largely focused around your academic qualifications and previous qualifications. Whether you already have a degree, you’re looking to gain one or you’re looking to become a uniformed officer without training for a higher education qualification, there are several ways into the world of frontline policing.

READY TO GET STARTED?

Sign up to an information event start the application process

Before you apply to become a detective through our graduate programme, or a police officer through our degree holder programme, degree apprenticeship or police constable entry programme you’ll need to join a mandatory virtual information event.

Here, you’ll gain insight into what working as a detective or uniformed police officer at Northumbria Police is really like, find out more about the application process and how to prepare for the role, eligibility requirements, police officer pay & benefits, and you’ll have the opportunity to speak to current officers about life at #TeamNP.

Once you have signed up and registered your interest, we will be in touch with an email inviting you to book on to a information event of your preferred date and time. If you have any questions about becoming a uniformed police officer, or a detective, you can contact our Talent Acquisition team.