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Transfer Opportunities

Interested in returning or relocating to South Wales?

We are always interested to hear from officers who might be interested in joining South Wales Police. In particular we currently have vacancies for Q1 Surveillance Operatives, either Police Constable or Detective Constables. Whilst Pip 2 accreditation is desirable it is not essential and all applications will be considered. If you would like to register your interest please contact our recruitment team by email:


Why join South Wales Police?

South Wales Police is the largest police force in Wales and although geographically small, covering around 812 square miles and equating to just 10% of the geographical area of Wales, South Wales Police provides a policing service to 1.3 million people (42% of the country’s population).

South Wales is a diverse region, boasting urban, rural and coastal areas and featuring the two largest cities in Wales – Swansea and the capital city, Cardiff. The force also serves 63 of the 100 most deprived communities in Wales.

The force has almost 3000 police officers and over 2200 police staff, including Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and a team of dedicated volunteers that includes over 100 Special Constables and around 150 Police Youth Volunteers.

You can find out more about us including our vision, mission and values, and policing priorities.

Learn more about how we are performing – check out HMIC’s third PEEL (police effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy) assessment of South Wales Police, completed in 2016.


Living in Wales

Wales is a great place to live and work, offering a low cost of living compared to the rest of the UK. Learn more about the benefits of living in Wales.


I want to join South Wales Police

Here DS Ambler talks about his experience of transferring to #TeamSWP from Hampshire.

Find out more about the criteria and process to apply to transfer to South Wales Police, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).