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Are you good with people and passionate about helping others?
Could you be #MoreThanTheBadge?
The role of a Police Constable can be demanding but it's that variety which makes it one of the most rewarding jobs around. Every day, presents a new challenge, you'll deal with different situations ensuring public order is maintained, at all times.
You'll be responsible for protection of life and property as well as prevention and detection of crime. Working as part of a close team, you’ll help to serve and protect the diverse communities and businesses of Kent.
Join #TeamKent as a police officer and you'll receive a starting salary of £25,582, rising to £42,128 within your first 7 years.
Note: As of April 1 2020, the South East allowance has increased to £2,500 and the starting salary is £25,582.
Police constable training programme will run for 19 weeks at our training college in Maidstone, Kent.
The training programme will include practical scenarios covering over 120 pieces of legislation and weekly physical training sessions. You’ll be required to sit two exams (3hr exam) as well as numerous tests and knowledge checks. Within the first week of training you’ll complete a six day diversity module which will include a visit to a place of worship and a two day placement within the local community.
After 19 weeks, student constables will be tutored on LDPT (local policing team) for 10 weeks before returning to the training college for a week, to cover case-file preparation and other investigative modules. You’ll then move onto the Investigative development module for 12 weeks and cover prisoner handling, interviewing and case-file preparation.
Very high standards of dress, behaviour and attitude are enforced by our training college. Student constables will also be required to complete work outside training hours.
*Commonwealth citizens and foreign nationals can also apply if you have leave to enter or remain in the UK for indefinitely and you're free of restrictions. **Not applicable if you've been serving abroad with the British Armed Forces.
Visit HM Government for detailed information on medical standards including which illnesses, injuries and disorders will affect your ability to perform the role of a police officer.
I've served in the military, armed forces or similar law enforcement agency, have successfully completed the minimum term of service (usually 4 years but exceptional cases of shorter periods may be considered) and have achieved an exemplary reference on discharge.
I currently hold a valid Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.
If you are a serving Special Constable who joined after 1st January 2015, you are required to achieve independent patrol status, complete your Level 3 Diploma, knowledge and understanding elements and receive sign-off from your respective Special Constable Co-ordinator before being eligible to apply for the role of Police Constable, unless you hold the requisite qualifications.
If you are a serving Special Constable who joined prior to 1st January 2015, you must have obtained independent patrol status and have sign-off from your respective Special Constable Co-ordinator.
I'm a serving Kent Police Community Support Officer and have completed 2 years’ service* (see below).
I'm a serving Kent Police staff member and have passed my probationary period. I've also passed any specific contractual terms and have the support of my senior management team** (see below).
As part of the national recruitment process, Kent Police consider applications from individuals who achieve an overall pass mark of 50% or above.
If you are interested in a career with Kent Police, we are currently accepting transfer of SEARCH result. We will also accept a 'Day One' pass result.
If you have attended a SEARCH assessment within the last 12 months, met the national standard of 50% or above, and have achieved an overall score of atleast 50% in the written aspect of the assessment, then we would be happy to consider an expression of interest from you.
If you are interested in your results being transferred, then please email
View our frequently asked questions within our Recruitment FAQs about the process to ensure you have all of the correct information to hand.
If you need some help with your application, then come along to our pre-application workshops. Our workshops will offer you the chance to find out more about the recruitment and selection process for your preferred career - see our next workshop dates here.
The application form will require you to fill in your personal details and will give you the option to submit ethic and disability details.
In addition will will ask you what your motivations are to become a Police Officer and what preparation you have undertaken before applying. In this section, we expect you to provide a detailed response including your reason and motivations for applying, what your understanding is and expectations are of joining Kent Police as a police officer and finally any research and/or actions you have undertaken to help better prepare you for life as a Police Officer with Kent Police.
Please utilise the word count provided in your application and also please note that your spelling, punctuation and grammar will be assessed.
If you could be #MoreThanTheBadge then complete your application now: