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West Mercia student officer recruitment


Join West Mercia Police

If you enjoy facing challenges and solving problems and would like to contribute to keeping your community safe while developing a wider range of skills, then policing could be for you. Few jobs can be more rewarding than that of a police officer: from day one you'll be helping to fight crime and protecting people from harm.

You'll quickly find that no two days are the same. Policing is challenging and rewarding. As a police constable, you'll get to learn new skills, meet new people and set out on a career path that could see you specialise as a firearms officer, dog handler, traffic cop, detective or the trusted, familiar face of West Mercia Police in the community. We have a strong family ethos, where our friendly teams work closely together to get the job done and where you will be treated as a valued member of the team from day one.

What's more, West Mercia is a great place to live and work. The fourth largest police area in England and Wales, West Mercia Police covers the counties of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. There is a wide variety of towns and villages surrounded by beautiful rural landscapes. With excellent transport links and easy access to Birmingham and London, there is no shortage of leisure amenities and attractions. From historic market towns such as Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Hereford, Leominster, Evesham and Worcester, to the magnificent Shropshire, Clee and Malvern Hills, to modern shopping in Telford, there is something for everyone. Property prices can be very competitive, too!

But don't just take our word for it - take look at what some of our police officers had to say about working for West Mercia Police.

Here's what we want

Good communicators with a calm, confident personality; problem solvers; team players; and people who easily build relationships, respect other people and appreciate views from communities across the region. If this is you we would like to hear from you.

Before you apply

We would recommend that you read the minimum eligibility criteria before you apply:

  • You must not have a conviction as an adult or juvenile (although some minor offences and cautions may not exclude you)
  • You must not have tattoos on your face, neck, top of the hand, palms or fingers or any which could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues
  • You must be physically fit and not have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of under 18 or over 30. You will not be medically cleared for appointment whilst your BMI is outside this range
  • You must be aged at least 18 years old
  • You must hold a full UK driving licence.


  • Minimum qualification - you must have a Level 3 qualification (i.e.two A-Levels at grade A-E, or an equivalent to a Level 3 qualification if gained outside England or Wales)


Previous relevant experience, such as:

  • A police role, such as Police Community Support Officer or Special Constable (minimum period of service applies)
  • Military service personnel with an exemplary disciplinary record and who have successfully completed five years' service, or are six-nine months away from their last day of five years' service. If you don't meet the minimum criteria, please contact our Recruitment Team to discuss your circumstances
  • In the emergency services or other extensive experience in public-facing roles, in which communication, engagement, problem-solving, negotiation and conflict management skills have been developed, such as  paramedics, emergency control room staff or probation officers. We will consider these applications on a case by case basis.

How to apply

  • Stage 1 - Online pre-application test, consisting of job related review and eligibility, behavioural styles test and situational judgement test. To begin your application, click here
  • Stage 2 - Online application form to be completed following these tests and submitted to the Recruitment Team.

You can only apply to one force at any time. If you have applied and are going through the recruitment process with another force and would like to transfer this application to West Mercia Police, please contact the Recruitment Team via

Recruitment is anticipated to close imminently, with the intention that applicants applying now will be appointed in early 2019. We encourage applicants to complete each stage of the process outlined above as promptly as possible.

If you have already applied to us, please wait for the Recruitment Team to contact you about your application and the next stage of the recruitment process.

Other routes into policing - Direct Entry at Inspector

The Direct Entry Programme from the College of Policing offers people from middle management backgrounds but without any previous policing experience to join West Mercia Police at Inspector level, through a fast paced 24 month programme. Applications open on 7 January 2019 and close on 18 February 2019 - go to our Direct Entry page to find out more.

Police Now

If you are an outstanding graduate who wants to help transform society as a neighbourhood police officer, apply for our Police Now programme. Police Now's mission is to transform communities, reduce crime and increase the public's confidence in policing, by recruiting and developing talented and diverse individuals to be leaders in society and on the policing frontline. Successful applicants will be supported by the two-year National Graduate Leadership Programme to develop a rewarding career while helping to improve lives, not just for today, but for generations to come. Applications are open until 1 March 2019 on the Police Now website.