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Hampshire Constabulary is pleased to be offering apprenticeship opportunities in a variety of roles.

We have Emergency Services Contact Handling apprentices in our Police Control Room and our Contact Management Centre, have recruited a number of Associate Project Manager apprentices to our Business Improvement Team and are now looking to include the Police Community Support Officer apprenticeship in our programmes in the near future.

In 2020 we will be recruiting our first Police Constable Degree apprentices and in addition to this we plan to recruit Business Administration apprentices.

We are constantly looking at opportunities for new roles to be delivered as an apprenticeship programme so keep an eye out for our job adverts, which will say whether this route is available.  You can also find apprenticeship roles on the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Hampshire Constabulary is now accepting police officer recruit applications via entry routes 1 and 2.

Entry Route 1 – Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) – Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship 

New recruits (potentially with no previous qualifications) will begin a three-year probation that includes study for a degree qualification in Professional Policing Practice. Constables under this apprenticeship are employed (as crown servants) from the day they start and the degree apprenticeship will be fully funded by the police force.  The starting salary for an apprentice police officer will be the same as officers entering under other routes.  PCDA students will be given time to complete work required as part of the three-year degree course. Their probationary period will include tutoring and attachments to different areas of policing. Both the academic requirements and the occupational competence need to be achieved in order to successfully be confirmed in rank and remain employed as a police officer. Those who already have a degree are able to enter via this route as well, although they will most likely enter the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) (see below).

Entry Route 2 – Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) – Level 6 Graduate Certificate in Professional Policing Practice

This route is for those who already have a degree (in any subject).  Student officers will achieve a Level 6 Certificate in Professional Policing Practice which will be fully funded by the police force during a two-year probation.  As with the PCDA, appropriate learning time will be provided by the force to achieve this qualification. The two-year probationary period will include tutoring and attachments to different areas of policing.  The student officer will need to successfully achieve operational competence and the academic qualification, as with the PCDA.

Entry Route 3 – Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing

This route is for those who wish to fund their own degree – courses are likely to be available at universities offering this subject area in 2019. This is a brand-new course that is underpinned by the single National Police Curriculum. Any other courses, such as degrees in criminology, law and police science, will not be recognised under this entry route and applicants studying for such degrees will enter under the DHEP or, potentially, the PCDA.

On completion of their degree in Professional Policing, potential recruits will have to apply to join in the normal way.  Students entering under the pre-join route will not be required to achieve a further qualification, unlike the other two entry routes, and they will be under a two-year probationary period.

Current plans

Those applying under routes 2 and 3 will start from late 2020, subject to availability. Students undertaking the Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing will not be in a position to apply until 2022.