Want to be a police officer? Entry into the service has changed – and West Midlands Police is one of the first to recruit student officers who will study for a funded degree apprenticeship while they work.
Our officers play a vital role in ensuring that the communities of the West Midlands are kept safe. It isn’t easy but it is rewarding and can be a career like no other. We want people to join us who have a range of life experiences and backgrounds; it is vitality important that we represent all of the communities that we serve.
Our values embody what we are, to join us you must have real passion for people and communities as well as the drive to work alongside local people, building relationships and making a difference in the West Midlands.
Life around here is diverse and fast-paced; careers are varied and demanding – but exciting too.
As a police officer, you will become the eyes, ears and face of WMP. You will be working together with local communities, partner agencies and colleagues to forge relationships built on trust to deliver our vision through our values.
This isn’t a 9-5 role and you will be required to work shifts that include nights, weekends and bank holidays. Your base location of work will vary throughout your career and you may be posted anywhere within the West Midlands region. You will also need to prepare yourself for potentially dangerous situations but be reassured that we will support you to be ready to handle these.
To be eligible for this route you will have achieved the following qualifications and be able to provide certificates to confirm this at the point of application:
- Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths
- Level 3 qualifications in any subject(s) that equate to 64 UCAS points
If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher level qualification you will be eligible to join through our Degree Holder Entry Programme.
Please visit our website to view the detailed information on our eligibility criteria.
Successful candidates are likely to be offered start dates during 2020.
The salary for the first year of your apprenticeship is £21,525 – following this your pay is determined by the national pay scales, currently £24,177 in the second year rising to £25,269 in the third. You’ll also gain a fully funded qualification, plus there is a large variety of benefits, staff associations, social clubs and a generous pension to consider.
Achieving your Degree Apprenticeship in Professional Policing Practice
Joining through our Degree Apprenticeship route you will study for the qualification throughout your three year probation period. During this time you will be supported and assessed to ensure you are lawful and legal to independently carry out the role of a police officer. Lots of your learning will be done digitally. You’ll log onto Staffordshire University’s system to watch lectures and access learning modules from your computer, without needing to travel to campus on a regular basis.
When you’re not studying you’ll be working alongside your colleagues, on a neighbourhood policing team – being the face of West Midlands Police in our local communities, on a response team – on the frontline of our emergency service, or in one of our investigations teams – helping to solve some of the most serious crimes and catch those responsible.
The West Midlands Region
The West Midlands is one of Europe’s most diverse and challenging policing environments, serving 2.8 million people in an area rich in diversity, with around 30 per cent of its population from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Our HQ is in Birmingham, which is the youngest city in Europe – with under-25s accounting for nearly 40% of the population. But it’s not all about the second city…we cover as far afield as Coventry and over to where the Black Country meets Staffordshire. We police six Premier League and Football League clubs and are preparing for major events such as Coventry City of Culture and Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. There’s a vibrant student scene with numerous universities and colleges across the region – and we have now partnered with Staffordshire University for our own student police officer training programme.
Please visit our careers site for more information on this exciting opportunity including our full eligibility criteria, the assessment process.
Diversity and Inclusion Vision: “Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a
culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities”