Police officers

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As a police officer, you could be posted anywhere within Hampshire or the Isle of Wight.  We pay a higher starting salary that some other forces in addition to the South East allowance of £1,000.  We'll need you to display certain qualities which are detailed on the Skills for Justice website.

Further information about the role can be found on the Police - Could You? and College of Policing websites.


In order to apply to become a police officer, you will need to meet at least one of the following:

  • hold two A-levels passes or higher, a Level 3 qualification equivalent to two A-Levels or higher, or a qualification from outside England and Wales which the UK National Recognition Information Centre recognises as a Level 3 qualification equal to two A-Levels. Find out more about the level of your qualification on GOV.UK.
  • you have completed and passed the Level 3 certificate in Knowledge of Policing or Police Law and Community Certificate.
  • you have previously served in the military or armed forces, or similar law enforcement agency, and you have successfully completed the minimum term of service and have an exemplary reference. We consider previous service in military or armed forces to be a minimum of two years within the last five years
  • you have previously served in another emergency service as either Special Constable, PCSO or other operational role in another police force, and you have an exemplary reference. We consider previous service to be a minimum of two years within the last five years within an operational role
  • you have at least two years recent experience in digital forensics-discovery and cybercrime investigations and relevant qualification or training in those subject areas
  • you are fluent in a language that is not English, including sign language

In addition, you'll need to hold a full manual driving licence. If you don't have one yet, you can still apply but must pass your test before we can offer you a job.  You'll also need to be committed to working in Hampshire and be able to show close ties to the county.


All of our available opportunities can be found at www.newjob.org.uk. If you can’t see the role you’re interested in, you can register for alerts to be kept up-to-date.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please email police.recruitment@hants.gov.uk

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