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Police Officer jobs

Information for people interested in joining us as a police officer.

We are now recruiting trainee police officers, please take a look at the vacancy details here

Am I eligible?

Applicants are required to meet certain criteria in order to be considered for a Police Officer role.

Applicants must:

  • Be aged 18 or over, there is no upper age limit
  • Have been a UK resident for the past three years. (If you do not currently fulfil the criteria this will be reviewed on a case by case basis, please contact the Recruitment Team for further information)
  • Be a British or Commonwealth citizen, or an EC/European Economic Area national, or a foreign national whose stay in the UK is unrestricted
  • Have a grade C or above in GCSE English (or equivalent)
  • Hold a current full manual driving licence before applying
  • Be prepared to work shifts including nights, weekend and bank holidays
  • Not have any tattoos that cause offence.

Surrey Police has recently reviewed its policy on the Certificate in Knowledge of Police (CKP), and there is no longer a requirement to have this prior to an offer being made. If you have, or are working towards your CKP, Surrey Police shall still accept this.

Fitness and medical

  • Applicants must be physically and mentally fit to carry out the duties required
  • Eyesight requirements are: unaided vision at 6/36 with both eyes together, corrected vision at 6/12 in either eye an 6/6 with two eyes together
  • Appointment to Surrey Police is subject to medical and physical examinations, and an opticians report is expected if relevant
  • There is no height restriction.

All applicants will be subject to a vetting process for security reasons. You will be required to provide fingerprint and DNA samples by consent. The vetting process will assess criminal record, financial status, business interests and references, and all applicants are expected to declare all relevant information.

Recruitment process

The recruitment process can take approximately 9-10 months and consists of a number of stages.

  • Completion of an online application form for “Police Constable Trainee”
  • Online Behaviour Styles Questionnaire and Situational Judgement Test
  • National Assessment Centre- passing with 50%, including an interview based on the Code of Ethics, role plays and written assessment.
  • Fitness test to obtain level 5.4 in the bleep test
  • Medical questionnaire and vetting form
  • Biometric vetting – fingerprints, DNA and Hair Testing
  • References for past three year’s employment or educational history

Job profile

Detective Inspector Dee FieldingI used to work as a recruitment consultant but I didn’t want to work in an office anymore. I was very much in the rat race rather than helping anybody.

I realised I had a lot of transferable skills, for example being able to interview people.

When I joined I assumed I would be a response officer forever. I didn’t know what detectives did. But I have many careers within a career since.

If you ever get to the point where you need a change there’s such a wide range of roles, there’s something for everybody.

Some people might have a passion as a detective in child protection, but I like putting away the armed robbers and drug dealers.

You have the ownership to be able to investigate a case and it can take you all over the country. When you get a good result in court it’s such a satisfaction, not just for the officer but because you can tell a victim that they are safe.

You can find out more about the day-to-day life of a detective at Surrey Police by following the @SurreyDetective Twitter account.

PC Hermen Trapesch PC Hermann Trepesch

I have worked for Surrey Police for 15 years and am a member of the force’s diversity team, a dedicated team that provide advice and guidance to officers and staff on matters relating to equality, diversity and human rights.

I’ve also worked in Custody, as a force trainer and in Special Branch working on counter terrorism. I achieved a Bachelor’s Degree through a Surrey Police learning and development scheme and am the chair of SPACE, Surrey Police’s Association of Culture and Ethnicity, which brings together staff and officers to promote an inclusive workforce.

Athar KahnI grew up in Pakistan and moved to Surrey nine years ago with my parents.

Growing up as a young Ahmadi Muslim boy I fell in love with the uniform service and always wanted to be a police officer, thriving on any opportunity where I could help others.

After finishing college I worked as a charity volunteer before joining Surrey Police a year ago as a Management of Police Information Processor. However, being an officer is my dream and I begin my official training in October 2016 which I am so excited for. My ambition is to become a Specialist Firearms Officer. I can’t wait to start my training later this year.

Black and Ethnic Minority recruitment mentoring scheme

We are committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity. A mentoring scheme is available to guide applicants from diverse communities through the recruitment process. For more information please email SPACE@surrey.police.uk or contact Sim Sian on 01483 637360.

We are a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which promotes a good working environment for all existing and potential staff and helps ensure equal treatment for employees who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

We have also formed a partnership with Diversity Jobs, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site. All of our police staff vacancies are also listed on Diversity Jobs.

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Diversity Jobs

We are a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which promotes a good working environment for all existing and potential staff and helps ensure equal treatment for employees who are lesbian, gay or bisexual. We have also formed a partnership with Diversity Jobs, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site. All of our police staff vacancies are also listed on Diversity Jobs.

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