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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.

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!

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.

Martin Evans, Assistant Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, said: "I joined the police in 1987, having always looked up to and admired a family friend who was a local officer in Newport. The idea of helping and protecting people and making a real difference in my community were what really interested me (and to be honest, the opportunity to do new and exciting things!). My career has been at times quite challenging, often exciting and always fulfilling. I am as proud today of the job I do as I was when I first put on my uniform. How many jobs do you know where every day you come to work you have the potential to make a positive difference to the quality of members of our communities lives? 

"Then there's the teamwork, support, training and equipment that I have been given over the years to do the job that I always wanted to do. Although pretty good, that was nothing compared to the equipment and state of the art technology that our officers have at their fingertips today.

"Policing has changed over time but it remains one of the most challenging, unpredictable yet utterly rewarding jobs I know. A career with West Mercia Police is one that I recommend to anyone who wants to make a positive difference every day to the lives of the people in their community."

Open Evening recruitment events

To find out more, we are hosting recruitment events throughout the force area from 4 to 11 December 2018.  These events will be informative and supportive; you will have the opportunity to ask questions of our police officers to find out about what the job is really like, and our recruitment and other support teams will be on site to answer process-related queries. You can book your place now.

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 18 month programme. Applications open on 7 January 2019 and close on 18 February 2019 - go to our Direct Entry page to find out more.

But don't just take our word for it...

Here's what a recent intake of new officers had to say about their experiences of joining West Mercia Police.

PC Jade Hounsell said: "I wanted to join the police because I remember seeing a team of police officers swarm around my house looking for a missing person, and I stood as a 10 year old in awe of them all, and thought that's who I want to be. Now, four and a half years after applying, at the age of 25, I am a police officer and I want to show people all the good that can be done for each other and make sure that the public know that I am there to make a difference in the world."

PC Lisa Roberts said: "I've worked with offenders for 10 years, and I want to use this experience to work with victims/communities and help prevent crime."

PC Carl Williamson said: "Finally receiving my offer letter to join West Mercia Police as a police officer was one of the best feelings in the world. To know that all my hard work and preparation into applying for the role has paid off, and to finally be in the seat to the start of my career, is something I will never forget. Helping people and making a difference by being a police officer is something I have always wanted to do and although it is a long and difficult process, it is definitely worthwhile. Anyone wishing to join as a police officer should do it! It's something I haven't regretted."

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:

  • Cautions and convictions - you must not have a conviction as an adult or juvenile (although some minor offences and cautions may not exclude you)
  • Tattoos - 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
  • Fitness - 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.


  • Minimum qualification - you must have a level 3 qualification (i.e. 2 A levels A-C grade or equivalent)


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 (SP) who have served a minimum of five years in the armed forces, and also SP that are between six - nine months away from their last day of service, with an exemplary disciplinary record
  • Emergency services or other relevant public-facing experience - for example, 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
  • Situational judgement test

To begin your application, click here.

Stage 2 - Online application form to be completed 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 for further information 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.