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Police Officer jobs

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


Although we are not currently open for the recruitment of trainee police officers, we are committed to promoting diversity and equality within our Force. If you are from a Black and Ethnic Minority community we would like to hear from you. If you are interested please email leaving your name and contact details.  A member of the Positive Action team will be in touch. Alternatively, please sign up for job alerts here to hear when we're next recruiting.

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  standards are set and published by the College of Policing and have recently been reviewed.  This  standard is Corrected distance visual acuity must be 6/12 in either eye and 6/6 or better, in both 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.

“The jobs we work on are really interesting and when a job comes in, it’s a proper team effort. As detectives we work on the things you join to be involved in, where you get to put away really bad people for a long period of time. Looking back, I wouldn’t have done anything else.”


“To be a detective, you have to be dogged and not let things lie. You also have to be organised. The best thing for me is seeing something through from the start to finish. The case that stands out for me is a violent attack. After lots of hard work and thanks to the bravery of the victim, the main perpetrator was jailed. To go to the victim’s house and give her that news was a great, great feeling.”

“I transferred to Surrey Police from the Met last April. I was working on child abuse before but I wanted to have a change and move into a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) as this was an area I had not worked in before.

“The great thing about CID is that you work as part of a team, whereas before I was often on my own. In CID you are given a job to work on together and you can celebrate your successes together.

“Surrey has various benefits  – it offers a lot in the way of financial motivation. You get financial rewards when you pass the different stages of exams and when you finally get signed off as a detective.

“Surrey is obviously a much smaller force than the Met but it means you get to know everyone which is lovely.”

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 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.

Police Now Graduate Scheme

Police Now gives exceptional graduates the opportunity to become police officers and transform challenged communities. Join the two-year Police Now programme and develop a rewarding career while helping to improve lives, not just for today, but for generations to come.


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 VERCIDA, the UK's largest diversity and inclusion focused careers site. All of our police staff vacancies are also listed on VERCIDA.

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