Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship Ref:3009022


Protecting your streets

Caring for your community

Taking pride in what you do

Student Police Officer – Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) Programme
Starting Salary: £28, 551
Normal working hours: 40 hours per week - working shifts (including evenings and weekends)
Various locations across Merseyside

About a Policing Career in Merseyside Police

From intelligence operator to armed officer, wherever you see yourself specialising, we'll help you find your beat. Police Officers are the face and voice in the community - they’re on the ground, speaking to victims, preventing crime and making a real difference. They come from different walks of life, but are united by the same goal – to keep communities safe.

From Liverpool's bright lights to Sefton's sandy beaches, you'll be serving a population of 1.5 million and covering a geographical area of 647 square kilometres. Being a part of Merseyside Police is a unique experience. You won’t just be building better communities, you’ll be building a career that counts whilst gaining a degree.

We want our people to reflect the communities we serve, people who can bring diversity of experience, people who are willing to protect our streets. It’s not always easy, some days will be tougher than others, but the sense of pride makes it worth every second.

About our commitment to Inclusion

Building a workforce that represents our communities is important to us. Not only do we aim to attract and keep people with the best skills and highest potential, we want to attract people into policing who may not have considered a career with us before. We particularly welcome applications from females and black and ethnic minority candidates, as they are under-represented within Merseyside Police at officer level currently.

To help us achieve a workforce that represents our communities, we have a dedicated Inclusion team who work to encourage people from diverse communities to build their career with our force. They also provide support and guidance throughout the job application process to candidates from under-represented groups. To find out more about the support on offer from our dedicated Inclusion team please click here or contact us at Outreach@merseyside.police.uk

About our PCDA Programme

This is an exciting opportunity for individuals of all backgrounds to obtain a degree whilst working and earning a full salary as a Student Police Officer. The programme, which is delivered in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, lasts for three years and includes classroom delivery, practical application and tutorship. Your time will be varied between on-the-job training and active frontline operational duties, academic modules, course work and exams. Full details about the learning programme can be found our PCDA information page here.

If you believe you may need additional educational support then the programme offers access to both classroom based and work based learning assessments with a view to potentially providing supportive reasonable adjustments to assist you with your learning. Such support depending upon your individual needs, may include (but is not limited to) I.T software (such as Dragon speech recognition or Texthelp read write), coloured screen overlays or additional time for completing assessments.

The sooner you inform us that you may need such additional support then the quicker we may be able to put such support in place for you. You will be asked to declare any such requirements as part of the recruitment process. For police officer roles such assistance can be made available from the ‘National Sift’ assessment part of the recruitment process onwards.

Our Recruitment Process

Please note this vacancy may close earlier than the advertised closing date if we receive sufficient numbers of applications - we suggest that you submit your application at the earliest opportunity.

Our process consists of a number of stages and we are wishing to progress any new applicants for a June 2024 intake so please make yourself available for all stages as/when you are invited to enable us to process you in time for this.

Initial sift – this will be against the criteria outlined on our PCDA page here under “Am I eligible to apply” - please note that you would not be eligible for this route if you already have a degree.
College of Policing National Sift
College of Policing Online Assessment – details about this can be found here
In Force interview assessing your values and behaviours aligned to the expected standards of a Police Officer
Pre-employment checks which include fitness test, medical, biometrics and vetting
We only require evidence of Maths and English Language GCSEs Grade C/4 and above or Functional Skills equivalent for this role. Please ensure you have these certificates ready to upload before applying and do not upload any qualifications that are not relevant. If in the event you have any questions, or you have trouble uploading your qualifications / tattoo images, please send them to careers@merseyside.police.uk at the time of application.

Please note: Internal applicants must apply externally using a new personal email address

If you have been unsuccessful for any Police Officer with Merseyside or any other Home Office force within the past 3 months, you must wait 3 months before applying again and contact careers@merseyside.police.uk for further information

Join us and you'll be on the ground, preventing crime and making a real difference to people's lives. It's not always easy, it's not always predictable, but the sense of reward and excitement is like nothing else.

Nothing beats being a Merseyside Police Officer…

Closing date
How to apply
Applicants to apply online https://jobs.merseyside.police.uk/jobs/#en/sites/CX/requisitions/preview/1830

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