Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP)
Open for a limited time, our Programme (IPLDP) provides new recruits with a blend of practical “on-the-job” experience and classroom-based learning at Kent Police College in Maidstone.
Please be aware we reserve the right to close this opportunity once we receive sufficient applications - apply today to avoid disappointment.
The programme is running between October 2022 and March 2023.
You must meet the eligibility criteria for becoming a police officer outlined in who we are looking for. You will also need to meet one of the following:
I am a member of Kent Police staff, a PCSO or special constable and have passed my probationary period.
I have a minimum of three years’ service with the Armed Forces and have achieved an exemplary reference on discharge.
I have previous work experience or training relevant to the role of a police constable
Evidencing previous work experience
To apply using your work experience or training, you will need to show three things:
1. That you have work experience or training that is comparable to a level 3 qualification. You will need to have completed one year’s work experience and have passed any mandatory probation period and training necessary in your role.
Our application form will require you to outline your experience of:
understanding customer/public needs and provide effective support to the customer/public
adapting your communication style to meet the needs of different people
solving complex problems and making decisions
Level 3 requires you to have undertaken "more complex work" so please ensure that your evidence outlines your experience undertaking work at this level.
2. Hold a GCSE in English (language or literature) at grade C or above (or Grades 4 to 9 or equivalent) or, provide evidence of how your experience or training is equivalent to a GCSE (or equivalent) in English and has equipped you with the potential to undertake the necessary elements of the role (for example writing statements, reports, reviewing information, speaking to the public, conducting interviews etc.)
3. Hold a GCSE in maths at grade C or above (or grades 4 to 9 or equivalent) or, provide evidence of how your experience or training is equivalent to a GCSE (or equivalent) in maths and has equipped you with the potential to undertake the necessary elements of the role (for example problem solving, accounting, critically assess information, analyse data etc.)
Please ensure all relevant training you have completed is detailed on the 'professional qualifications' section of the application form. We will consider this when assessing your application.
All qualifications will have to be evidenced before a formal offer is issued.
You will start your training at our training college which will involve both classroom-based and practical learning. Upon successful completion of your initial training, you will join an operational policing team where you will continue your learning and development whilst undertaking operational day-to-day police duties.
The programme will cover a wide range of policing topics including:
operational policing, legislation and police powers
protection, vulnerability and public protection
policing communities, response policing and crime investigation
officer safety training
emergency first aid
application of policing skills
You will undertake a number of operational, written and practical assessments throughout the programme to demonstrate your ability to carry out your policing responsibilities. In addition, you will also be required to complete a portfolio in which you will record your achievements and provide evidence of your progress in order to pass your operational assessments against a range of critical policing skills.
You will be fully supported throughout the process, helping you to develop and enhance the skills and experience you need for this challenging but rewarding role.
We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, background, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation. Find further information about diversity and inclusion at Kent Police.
Start your application and begin your rewarding career with Kent Police.