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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 or the front of your neck, or any which could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues. Other visible tattoos such as on the back of the neck, forearms and hands, will be permissible as long as they are deemed to be appropriate and inoffensive, maintaining a professional image. These will be assessed on a case by case basis.

  • 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.

    Which police officer entry route is most suitable for you?

    There are two entry routes available to you:

  1. Police Officer Recruitment Programme


   2. Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship


  1. Police Officer Recruitment Programme

  • 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.

    Please note that this entry route is anticipated to close permanently for applications on 30 April 2019, so if you wish to apply through this route please complete your application as soon as possible.

    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

    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.


  • 2) Apply for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

West Mercia Police is one of the early adopters of the new police constable degree apprenticeship, which will include:

  • You will receive a starting salary of £21,000

  • You must have a Level 2 qualification (i.e. GCSE grade 9-4 or A*-C, or an equivalent to a Level 3 qualification if gained outside England or Wales) In English and Math subjects.

  • You must be willing to attain a Level 3 qualification or equivalent to hold 64 UCAS points prior to appointment

  • You will complete a three year apprenticeship that involves on and off-the-job learning. On successfully finishing the programme, you complete your probation and achieve a recognised and accredited degree in Professional Policing Practice from an approved university.


    To apply, take our online pre-application test, consisting of job related review and eligibility, behavioural styles test and situational judgement test. To begin your application, click here.

Alternative options are available for applicants who hold a degree in Policing and have Policing experience.

  • Degree-holder Entry. If recruits have a degree in a relevant subject, they can join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning. This route normally takes two years, and the learning is recognised with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice from an approved university.

  • Pre-join Degree. If recruits wish to study first, they can do a three year Degree in Professional Policing as a standard student at a university of their choosing, and then apply to the force and follow a shorter on-the-job training programme from a College of Policing accredited higher education institution. Being a special constable can be included in this route.

    We are also recruiting for the Police Now Detective Programme

    West Mercia Police is working with Police Now to run a new two year programme to offer up to 10 outstanding individuals the opportunity to train as detective constables. The Police Now Detective Programme allows us to reach out to talented graduates from many fields who may have not have considered working in policing, yet have the skills and experience for a successful long-term career as a detective. This pioneering scheme is designed to alleviate the nationwide shortage of investigative officers, supporting frontline detectives to tackle some of the most harmful criminal activity within our communities. Applicants will need at least two years' work experience, reflecting the fact this is not an entry-level role, as well as an undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above. Applications close on 30 April 2019.