Are you looking for a new, exciting and varied career, where no two days are the same? If so, then the role of a Police Officer could be for you!
We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people who will be committed to our vision; to be the best at understanding and responding to the needs of the community; to protecting the most vulnerable, catching criminals and , keeping the public safe, whilst also abiding by the policing Code of Ethics.
The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) is a 3-year professional degree apprenticeship. Upon completion, successful candidates will achieve a Degree in Professional Policing Practice. To apply for the PCDA entrants must have achieved a Level 3 qualification (A level or equivalent) or have successfully complete the online competency based assessment. The force covers all fees relating to this entry route.
The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is for those who already hold a degree in any subject area. This is a two-year academic and practice-based programme. Upon completion, successful candidates will also achieve a Diploma in Professional Policing Practice. The force covers all fees relating to this entry route.
The Pre-join Degree in Professional Policing Practice is for those who choose to complete the degree at a Higher Education Institution of their choosing, at their own cost. Candidates recruited via this route will also undertake academic and practice based training to develop specific skills, assessed against national assessment criteria and operational competence.
To be successful you will need meet our minimum entry requirements, and demonstrate a passion and commitment to providing a first class policing service to the people of South Wales. South Wales Police prides itself on our exceptional people so if you feel that you would like to come and join us keep an eye on our current vacancies.
Please be aware that on appointment and during your service you may be posted to any location in South Wales based on operational need.
If you are from a diverse background and culture and would like to speak with someone about forthcoming recruitment campaigns, opportunities and support available to you, please contact our representative workforce team via e-mail or call 01656 762995.
To apply for the role of police constable, you will need to:
If your application is successful, your weight range will be assessed during a medical assessment. The healthy weight range is based on a measurement known as your body mass index (BMI). This can be determined if you know your weight and your height. The actual calculation is your weight (in kilograms) divided by your height (in metres squared). Guidance and easy to use charts on how to calculate your BMI can be found on the NHS website. The NHS advises that a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 suggest a normal healthy weight. This means your body is not at risk of weight-related disease. The Home Office sets BMI standards for police officers. The current Home Office circular 59/2004 outlines this as between 18 and 30. Applicants who do not meet this standard may find their application delayed and / or will not be appointed.
You will also be asked to undertake a drugs test and provide information about any medication you may be taking. If you should fail the drugs test you will not be offered a position with South Wales Police. Any internal candidates who fail a drugs test will have their offer withdrawn and the results from the drugs test may be used in accordance with the South Wales Police Staff Discipline Police and Police Staff Code of Conduct. Legislation has been introduced that requires applicants to undergo biometric vetting. Please refer to NPIA Circular 03/2012 which can be viewed on College of Policing website. This means we will be asking you to sign a consent form to take your fingerprints and a sample of your DNA for the purposes of a speculative search and for your fingerprints and DNA profile to be retained on the Police Elimination Database (PEDb). The purpose of obtaining fingerprints and DNA samples is to allow a speculative search to be made against the local and national databases prior to your appointment to the police force. This is to ensure that you have not previously come to adverse police attention, which you have not informed us of, and that you are not linked to any outstanding crime scenes. We will ask you to take these tests after we have we have successfully completed all your background checks.
Policing can be physically demanding, so you will need to be in good physical condition to pass the fitness test. As part of your assessment, you will be tested to ensure your fitness levels are high enough. It is a thorough test, but don’t worry, it’s not about being super fit. We only want to make sure you would be physically able to carry out your duties. If you don’t meet the standard first time around, you can take the test again up to a maximum of three times, with six weeks in between each attempt in order for you to develop and improve. You will also be required to attend a pre-appointment fitness test approximately 6 weeks prior to the anticipated appointment date and you must pass this to progress your application
The first year of police training will be classroom based. Police officers and police staff trainers will deliver the course at a police-training establishment in Bridgend.
This is a non-residential course designed to help maximise learning potential both academically and practically and start developing operational policing skills.
The classroom syllabus is based on the curriculum developed by the College of Policing, which covers all areas required for the role of a Police Constable. Various E-learning packages alongside fitness, first aid and personal safety training will also be undertaken.
At various stages of the course, student constables will need to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge through informal and formal assessment processes. This will include multiple choice examinations, assignments and practical assessments.
Student constables are always expected to display the appropriate behaviour and attitude during their training in line with the police service’s Code of Ethics.
Following the successful completion of year one-student officers will commence a period of tutoring at an operational police station with a qualified tutor. Successful completion of the tutor phase will allow student constables to be placed on independent patrol.
In years two and three, whilst working in an operational environment, student constables on the apprenticeship will be working towards achieving a degree in Professional Policing Practise whilst Degree holder student constables will be working towards achieving a Graduate Certificate in Professional Policing.
Students on both programmes will be required to complete an occupational competency portfolio during their probationary periods, and they will be required to complete work outside training hours.
Thank you for your interest. Our Police Officer Recruitment Campaign is now closed.
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