Police Constable Entry Programme2024-02-16T15:43:27+00:00

Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP)

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Why choose the Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP)?

  • Two-year training programme with a blend of classroom-based learning and practical on the job training to equip you will the skills and experience you need to meet the demands of modern policing

  • Unlike other entry routes, you don’t need to study towards a degree during your training

  • You don’t need to have a degree to apply for this entry route

Why choose the Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP)?

  • Two-year training programme with a blend of classroom-based learning and practical on the job training to equip you will the skills and experience you need to meet the demands of modern policing

  • Unlike other entry routes, you don’t need to study towards a degree during your training

  • You don’t need to have a degree to apply for this entry route

Uniformed Police Officers entering a property using force

What’s involved in the Police Constable Entry Programme?

Choosing to join the police is life changing; an opportunity for a career where you can play to your strengths and unlock your potential. With PCEP, you’ll undertake a two-year training programme, emphasising learning practical policing skills and equipping you to meet the complex needs of policing challenges we face today.

The training programme will begin with an initial 17-week period of class-room based learning at our Coach Lane campus focusing on areas including law & legislation, understanding police powers, and elements of effective communication. Following this, you’ll work alongside experienced officers as part of a shift in a response team. You’ll have a dedicated tutor to guide you through your first 12-15 weeks, who will help you build your skills and offer practical and pastoral support.

Throughout the programme, you’ll undertake written and practical summative assessments of your knowledge, operational learning and practice. At TeamNP looking after our colleagues is key and you’ll be supported and given everything you need to succeed in the PCEP programme.

What are the entry requirements?

To join us on the Police Constable Entry Programme, you must have an achieved English and Maths GCSE (A*-C/9-4) or an equivalent Level 2 qualification (e.g. Functional Skills, O-Level or CSE Grade 1) and two A-Levels (A-E) or equivalent, OR relevant professional experience. If you don’t have A-Levels but do have at least one year of professional experience working in areas such as those below, we encourage you to apply: (note that this is not an exhaustive list and all previous experience will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.)

  • Armed forces
  • Border force
  • Criminal justice sector/CPS/courts
  • Cyber/digital and financial fraud crimes
  • Emergency services
  • Health and social care sectors
  • Justice and law enforcement sectors
  • Police staff, particularly custody, public contact/demand hub/enquiry office roles and investigative roles
  • PCSO or Special Constable
  • Prison service
  • Professional services/project management
  • Teaching
  • Youth work

What happens when I complete the PCEP?

There are many opportunities to progress through the ranks and/or specialise in an area of policing that interests you after your probation. Whichever direction you decide to take your policing career, we will support you and help you to develop into the best officer you can be.

Upon successful completion of your two year probation period, you will have the opportunity to specialise, whether this be in a Neighbourhood Policing Team where a more collaborative community approach is required or as a detective, investigating more complex crime.

The detective role is varied and includes Major Crime Investigation (Homicide, & Cyber Crime), Intelligence (Priority & Organised Crime and Special Branch) and Safeguarding (Child Abuse/Protection of Vulnerable adults, Rape and Multi Agency Risk Assessment roles).

Other specialist roles could include:

Motor Patrols​, Firearms, Mounted, Marine, Airport Policing and Dog Handler.

What about my wellbeing?

The role of a police officer is a challenging one, and you can be dealing with many different scenarios and face many challenges on your journey with us. You will of course be given the support you need and there is always someone to seek advice from and to collaborate with.

We continue to invest in trained mental health first aiders onsite, an employee advice service offering 24/7 access to trained counsellors and a peer-led support programme as well as other holistic approaches to caring for your wellbeing.

Frequently asked questions

About the Police Constable Entry Programme

Choosing to join the police is life changing; an opportunity for a career where you can play to your strengths and unlock your potential.

With PCEP, you’ll undertake a two-year training programme, emphasising learning practical policing skills and equipping you to meet the complex needs of policing challenges we face today.

The training programme will begin with an initial 17-week period of class-room based learning at our Coach Lane campus and focusing on areas including law & legislation, understanding police powers, and elements of effective communication. Following this, you’ll work alongside experienced officers as part of a shift in a response team. You’ll have a dedicated tutor to guide you through your first 12-15 weeks, who will help you build your skills and offer practical and pastoral support.

Throughout the programme, you’ll undertake written and practical summative assessments of your knowledge, operational learning and practice. At TeamNP looking after our colleagues is key and you’ll be supported and given everything you need to succeed in the PCEP programme.

There are many opportunities to progress through the ranks and/or specialise in an area of policing that interests you after your probation. Whichever direction you decide to take your policing career, we will support you and help you to develop into the best officer you can be.

Upon successful completion of your two year probation period, you will have the opportunity to specialise, whether this be in a Neighbourhood Policing Team where a more collaborative community approach is required or as a detective, investigating more complex crime.

The detective role is varied and includes Major Crime Investigation (Homicide, & Cyber Crime), Intelligence (Priority & Organised Crime and Special Branch) and Safeguarding (Child Abuse/Protection of Vulnerable adults, Rape and Multi Agency Risk Assessment roles).

Other specialist roles could include:

Motor Patrols​, Firearms, Mounted, Marine, Airport Policing and Dog Handler.

To join us on the Police Constable Entry Programme, you must have an achieved English and Maths GCSE (A*-C/9-4) or an equivalent Level 2 qualification (e.g. Functional Skills, O-Level or CSE Grade 1) and two A-Levels (A-E) or equivalent, OR relevant professional experience. If you don’t have A-Levels but do have at least one year of professional experience working in areas such as those below, we encourage you to apply: (note that this is not an exhaustive list and all previous experience will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.)

  • Armed forces
  • Border force
  • Criminal justice sector/CPS/courts
  • Cyber/digital and financial fraud crimes
  • Emergency services
  • Health and social care sectors
  • Justice and law enforcement sectors
  • Police staff, particularly custody, public contact/demand hub/enquiry office roles and investigative roles
  • PCSO or Special Constable
  • Prison service
  • Professional services/project management
  • Teaching
  • Youth work

Whilst undertaking classroom-based learning you will work Monday-Friday 9-5pm. When you are deployed in one of our area commands you will work a variety of shift patterns, day and night, in line with our 40 hours a week requirement.

No, the academic costs of this degree are covered by Northumbria Police.

From day one, the starting salary for new officer is £28,551. Within 7 years you can earn £46,044. To find out more about the pay scales for police officers, visit the pay and benefits page.

The role of a police officer is a challenging one, and you can be dealing with many different scenarios and face many challenges on your journey with us. You will of course be given the support you need and there is always someone to seek advice from and to collaborate with.

We continue to invest in trained mental health first aiders onsite, an employee advice service offering 24/7 access to trained counsellors and a peer-led support programme as well as other holistic approaches to caring for your wellbeing.

What you need to know before you apply

What you need to know before you apply to the Police Constable Entry Programme

Ready to apply? Sign up to a “Discovery Event” today

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 discovery 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 roleeligibility 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 discovery event of your preferred date and time.

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