Joining our team comes with lots of benefits and support as well as national and local discounts that you can enjoy.
Starting salary is £31,551 (this includes £3,000 South East allowance). Your salary will increase in yearly increments up to £46,044 within seven years, along with a number of other benefits.
Officers from the rank of constable to chief inspector will receive an additional 10% of their basic pay for all hours worked between 8pm and 6am. This payment is not pensionable and will be paid for each full hour worked. Where overtime is worked between 8pm and 6am, the rate of the allowance is still 10% of basic pay, not 10% of the overtime rate. The allowance is paid in full in respect of each full hour worked.
Sergeant promotion - starting salary is £49,077 plus £3,000 South East allowance
You can apply for promotion to sergeant or for any specialist roles:
after two years if you have used the entry route Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP), Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) or if you have a degree in professional policing
after three years if you have used the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) route
The specialist police officer roles could be in teams such as firearms, our dog unit or you could train to become a detective. We have over 100 roles available at police constable rank alone so there is plenty of choice.
For your first two years, you will likely be posted to a Local Policing Team (LPT) where you will be working a 24/7 shift pattern, on a ten-week (five weeks rolling) rota.
You will usually work three to four shifts in a row and have two weekends off in five. You can request part-time or flexible working once your initial training period is completed, but this is subject to line manager approval.
There are a variety of shift patterns you could be working:
7am to 4pm Sunday to Thursday
7am to 5pm Friday and Saturday
3pm to 11pm Monday to Thursday
5pm to 3am Friday to Saturday
3pm to midnight on Sunday
9pm to 7am Monday to Sunday
You will work a ten-week pattern with two early shifts, two late shifts and two night shifts followed by four rest days, with the exception of week two which will accommodate a training day. There are approximately three weekends off in each ten-week period.
As a full-time police constable you will have 22 days paid annual holiday, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service. This is on top of public holidays and an average of two rest days each week.
You can also expect other forms of leave, including maternity, paternity and adoption leave, special leave (with or without pay), parental leave and career breaks of up to five years.
When you start, you'll automatically become a member of the Police Pension Scheme, but can opt-out.
This is a CARE (Career Average Revalued Earnings) pension scheme which offers a guaranteed pension with an optional lump sum, based on the earnings you receive during your career. Both you and Kent Police contribute and you will receive tax relief on the contributions you make.
If you already have a pension it may be possible to transfer this into the scheme.