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We're also recruiting for PC Transferees.
If you're looking to transfer from another force visit our
Transferees section.

Salary starts at £23,639, rising to £39,626 over 8 years (figures include a yearly £2,000 South East allowance).

Constables are responsible for protecting life and property, preventing and detecting crime and maintaining public order through a range of sworn powers in line with organisational standards.

To be successful you must meet our minimum entry requirements and demonstrate a passion and commitment to providing a first class policing service to the people of Kent.


1. Are you eligible to apply?

Part 1 - At the time of application, you must:

  • be a European Economic Area National or a Swiss National. Commonwealth citizens and Foreign Nationals can also apply but you're required to have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period and be free of restrictions. 
  • have resided in the UK for 3 continuous years immediately prior to application
  • be aged 18 years old or above 
  • have a full UK manual driving licence with no more than 6 points
  • have not applied and been unsuccessful at any stage of the National Police SEARCH assessment to become a police constable in the last 6 months for any police force
  • not have tattoos or piercings which cause offence, are excessive or deemed unprofessional (see 'guide' below for details)
  • not have a criminal record (please read 'guide' below for more details)
  • not be registered bankrupt or subject to County Court Judgments (CCJs) or Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs)
  • meet the basic eligibility criteria to become a PC (see ‘Becoming a Police Constable in Kent’

Part 2 - You must also meet at least 1 of the following at the time of application:

  • have 2 A-Levels or a higher qualification
  • have a Level 3 qualification equivalent to 2 A-Levels (or higher)
  • have a qualification from outside England and Wales which the UK National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) recognises as a Level 3 qualification equal to 2 A-Levels. 
  • have previously served, such as in the military or armed forces, or similar law enforcement agency, and you've successfully completed the minimum term of service (usually 4 years but exceptional cases of shorter periods may be considered) and have an exemplary reference on discharge
  • have passed and hold a valid Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge of Policing
  • be a serving Kent Police Special Constable* and have attained independent patrol status
  • be a serving Kent Police Police Community Support Officer* and have successfully completed 2 years service
  • be a serving member of Kent Police staff* and have successfully passed probationary period and your senior management team can confirm you're suitable for consideration.

* Notes

If you're currently a member of Kent Police staff you must contact HR Services on 01622 653653 to check your eligible to apply for this round of recruitment before starting your application. 

If you're a Special Constable/PCSO but aren't relying on that for eligibility, you can't progress to appointment until you've reached independent patrol status as a Special or completed 2 years service as a PCSO.


2. I'm eligible, what next?

You must read our 'Becoming a Police Constable in Kent' Guide before you apply to make sure you fully understand the recruitment process.

The process

If you're eligible and after you've read our guide (see above), you're ready to begin your application.

Our application system will be available 24 hours a day while the recruitment is open.

You should submit your application at the earliest opportunity. 

We may close recruitment if we receive sufficient applications. If we do we'll contact those who've already started their application and give them 4 more days to complete it.

Only the top performing candidates will be progressed to the next stages of the recruitment process.

If we receive too many applications and our intake becomes oversubscribed, you'll be allocated to the next available date. 

Please note: Where you'll work in the county, once appointed, will be determined by our policing needs and priorities at the time. You could be posted to any policing team within Kent.


3. Apply

Apply nowBefore applying you must read our recruitment guide which will take you through the eligibility criteria and the recruitment process.

Are you using a mobile device?

If you're on a mobile device and have come to our website from either Facebook or Twitter, you'll now need to reload this webpage to enable you to apply.

Please follow the actions below.

iPhone users

  • Select the 'Open in Safari' option by pressing 'Share' - you'll find the share button at the very top of your phone's screen, usually top right.

Android users

  • Press the menu (3 dots) option at the top right of your phone's screen.
    Select the 'Open with...' option.

    This action is required as our e-recruitment system needs a secure browser (Safari or Chrome).
    To begin your application click the apply button above right.


4. Log in to continue an existing  application

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To continue an application you've already started please log in here.

Select 'Employment Opportunities', 'My Applications, 'Select your application', then 'Apply'.

Help and guidance

If you require assistance using our online recruitment system please email recruitment or call our Business Centre on 01622 653653. We'll only be able to provide application support on this number.

For general enquiries please refer back to our 'Becoming a police constable in Kent' guide to check for your answer first.

If you can't find the answer to your question please email recruitment.