This scheme, run by the College of Policing, enables those outside of the police to join a training programme and enter the force at a higher rank from the start. Designed for new entrants or those coming back to policing after a significant break, the aim of the programme is to recruit high-quality professionals from a variety of sectors outside of policing.

Direct Entry enables us to benefit from the talents of a wide range of people who already have managerial experience to bring new ideas, diverse work experience and the valuable skills needed to help us meet the demands of the future.

When we have opportunities to join us through Direct Entry, these will be advertised through this page.

The recruitment process for 2020 is now closed with the next recruitment window starting early 2021.


Within Hampshire we typically expect candidates to have a Level 6/7 qualification but will also consider applicants who can demonstrate equivalent level experience for the programme.

However as a minimum they are expected to have one of the following:

Two A Levels (A-E) / qualification equivalent or equivalent management experience.
CKP - Certificate of Knowledge of Policing
Experience of working in the armed forces / emergency services / selected police staff roles (two years within last five)
Fluent in language other than English (including sign language)

Middle Management and leadership experience is essential.

The Application and Selection Process

The selection process consists of an initial sift of the written application forms followed by a telephone interview for those who have been successful at the application form stage.  Those who are shortlisted from the telephone interview will be invited to a face to face interview in force.  The final stage of assessment is the National Assessment Centre which is held over 3 days during June 2020.  All assessments are based upon the Competency and Values Framework (CVF) LINK BELOW Link

Hampshire Constabulary is an organisation which values its people and we are committed to creating a diverse workforce to ensure we are representative of the communities that we serve.

We aim to be the best and we want to attract the best. If you are dedicated, hardworking, have vision and the drive to succeed, then you could be the right person to join us.

Our people are creative, skilled and come from a variety of backgrounds. Our mixture of staff makes us what we are.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Positive Action is the term used to describe the special activities that employers may hold within the law aimed at reducing the disadvantage or under-representation experienced by those with any kind of protected characteristic.

If you are from a minority group and have an interest in Direct Entry or any recruitment Programme within Hampshire our Positive Action team are available to provide support through the application and assessment process by contacting: [email protected]  This will get you access to bespoke workshops and guidance at pre-selection stage.