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West Mercia student officer recruitment

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, gain a degree from Staffordshire University 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.

The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship

West Mercia Police is one of the early adopters of the new police constable degree apprenticeship, with a starting salary of £21,000. 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 Staffordshire University. Your university tuition fees will be paid for.

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 should have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 18 - 30, although if your BMI falls outside of this range, this may not preclude you. If you have a medical condition, please check your likely suitability on the recommended medical standards
  • You must be aged at least 18 years old
  • You must hold a full UK driving licence.

You must also:

  • 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 Maths subjects
  • Be willing to attain a Level 3 qualification or equivalent to hold 64 UCAS points prior to appointment.

But what if I already have a degree?

If you already have a degree, you could be eligible for the Degree-holder Entry Programme. Recruits join and follow a work-based programme, supported by off-the-job learning, with a starting salary of £22,000. This route normally takes two years, and the learning is recognised with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice from Staffordshire University.

Find out more

To learn more about the student officer programme, read our FAQs or take a look at this video from the College of Policing if you want to know more about entry routes, eligibility and recognition of experience. 

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

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