Applying to join as a police constable is still very much about on-the-job training, but with the added benefit of gaining a BSc (Hons) in Professional Policing from Anglia Ruskin University. There is no cost to you - Kent Police will cover all qualification fees.
Please note should this police officer entry route be oversubscribed; it may be necessary for us to make changes to your entry route based on your eligibility to secure your optimum joining date. If this is the case, we will contact you.
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:
policing, police law and police powers
protection, vulnerability and public protection
policing communities, response policing and investigating crime
police leadership, coaching and mentoring
officer safety training
emergency life support
crime investigation and operational policing skills
You will undertake both operational and academic written assessments (including exams, essays and presentations) throughout the programme to demonstrate your ability to carry out your policing responsibilities. You will also be required to complete an Operational Competence Portfolio with evidence of your achievements and pass operational assessments against a range of critical policing skills.
You will also be required to produce a 10,000 word dissertation based on research into a policing topic.
You will be fully supported in applying new skills and knowledge as part of your operational duties. This will let you put into practice what you are learning and help you to develop the skills and experience you need for this challenging but rewarding role.
You will need to successfully complete both operational and academic assessments before being awarded the degree.
Many people fail the vetting process because they withhold information.
You will not qualify for vetting clearance if you:
have any county court judgments (CCJs) outstanding
have been registered bankrupt and have not discharged your bankruptcy. You will not be considered until three years after the discharge of the debt. Debt Relief Orders (DRO) are treated in the same way as bankruptcy
refuse to discuss a relevant matter or engage with the vetting process
If you have applied for a police officer role (including special constable) or as a member of support staff and you are in the evidential chain, your application will be rejected where:
offences were committed as an adult or juvenile which resulted in a prison sentence (including custodial, suspended or deferred sentence and sentences served at a young offender's institution or community home) or
you are a registered sex offender or are subject to a registration requirement in respect of any other conviction