4. Benefits and support

Joining our team comes with lots of other benefits and support.

Take a look through the information below for more detail on the range of support we offer to all employees as well as the national and local discounts you are able to enjoy.

The police officer salary is made up of a basic salary plus a £2500 South East (SE) allowance.

You will receive a starting salary of £25,582.

Your salary will move to the next pay point yearly, increasing to £42,128 within 7 years. You will receive your starting salary after you’ve been attested on the first day of your training course.

Sergeant promotion

After 2 years' service you can apply to be promoted to police sergeant, which has a starting salary of £41,499 (plus the south east allowance).

Specialist roles

After 2 years' service you can also apply for any available specialist roles. These PC roles could be in teams such as firearms, our dog unit or you could even train to become a detective.

We have over 100 roles available at PC rank alone so there is certainly plenty of choice.

As a full-time PC you'll 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 2 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 5 years.

When you start, you'll automatically become a member of the Kent County Council Local Government Pension Scheme (police staff) or the Police Pension Scheme (police officers).

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 will 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.

For more information visit Kent Pension Fund website.

We pride ourselves on our ongoing skills and development programmes. We will provide you with;

  • ongoing training through courses, mentoring and coaching
  • promotion and development opportunities into different police specialisms (after 2 years of service)
  • a focus on your continued professional development through a structured performance development review
  • a Diploma in Policing Level 3 (when probation is complete)
  • a well established health and wellbeing function to help you develop and receive the support you need.

We believe our workforce is our greatest asset and we're proud to be a caring employer.

We've worked hard to be recognised as a disability confident employer and to also provide a large range of support initiatives to help with you (and your family's) health and welfare.

These include:

  • support for those with caring responsibilities (flexible working)
  • occupational health and welfare counselling
  • on-site gym facilities at a number of our stations
  • cycle-to-work scheme
  • free eye-sight tests (and a range of frames)
  • a subsidised convalescence home
  • development and mentoring schemes including leadership pathways
  • membership of the Police Federation
  • staff support groups to support and represent your needs, beliefs and value.
Our staff support groups enable us to engage directly with the needs of all staff – providing a critical friend where needed.
 
They include:
  • Kent Minority Ethnic Police Association (KMEPA)
  • Kent Police LGBT+ Network
  • Crystal Clear - disability and carer support
  • Kent Network of Women (KNOW) - gender and parental support
  • Christian Police Association (CPA)
  • Gypsy Roma and Traveller Police Association (GRTPA).

The Kent Police Recreation Association (KPRA) offer a variety of financial services, including:

  • savings products
  • investment products
  • protection products
  • holiday cottage scheme
  • lottery scheme
  • discounts
  • gateway rewards.

Many major high street stores, retail outlets and other national organisations also offer discounts and special deals to police officers.

The Kent Police Recreation Association (KPRA) offer a variety of sports sections which compete in the Police Sport UK (PSUK) framework against other forces around the country.
 
All sections welcome new comers to participate whether you are experienced or want to start a new hobby.
 
The KPRA (Kent Police) are currently national champions at;
  • clay shooting
  • fly fishing
  • judo
  • road cycling
  • rugby
  • sea angling
  • skiing
  • swimming.

Our sports sections also cover the following areas - there really is something for everyone...

  • athletics
  • archery
  • bowls
  • climbing hills/outdoor sports 
  • flying
  • football
  • freshwater angling
  • golf
  • indoor games
  • mens hockey
  • motoring
  • mountain biking
  • netball
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving
  • squash
  • triathlon
  • tennis
  • ten pin bowling.