A major drive to recruit new officers to one of the top-performing police forces in the country is set to begin at the end of the month.
Applications to join Durham Constabulary as a police constable open on May 29, with potential new recruits having until 5pm on Friday, June 12 to submit their application.
The force is looking for individuals who are hardworking, relish a challenge, can apply common sense and who possess a minimum of two A levels.
In return, the force is offering a generous benefits package including the ability to complete a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship in conjunction with Northumbria University.
Under the degree apprenticeships, student officers will study towards a degree in Professional Policing Practice as part of a three-year training programme while working as a police officer.
The university fees will be paid for by the force and students will be paid police officers from day one, with a starting salary of £24,177.
Graduates who apply may be able to complete a two-year shortened diploma course.
The recruitment drive is part of a national campaign, which aims to recruit 20,000 new police officers over the next three years.
Successful candidates will join the force from January 2021.
Assistant Chief Officer Gary Ridley said: “We are looking for motivated individuals to join a high-performing organisation.
“Policing is a challenging role and we would like to hear from all sections of the community.
“During your time as a probationer constable you will see operational aspects of the force.
“We are looking for people who can make a difference.”
The force is also keen to hear from applicants from underrepresented and diverse groups.
Steve White, Acting Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner said: “Policing is not for the fainthearted particularly at this challenging time.
“As a police officer, you will be expected to run towards danger when others are running away.
“It’s a role which brings immense responsibility but also a huge reward in contributing to keeping the people of the Durham Force area safe.
“As one of the top forces in the country I am looking for top people from all walks of life to join the service.
“There has never been a more exciting time to join policing.
“Even if you are unsure of the challenges that you would face speak to the force to find out more.”
Professor Peter Francis, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Northumbria University, said: “Northumbria University is delighted to be working with Durham Constabulary.
“This is an exciting opportunity for driven and talented people to gain a degree in professional policing practice, while working as an officer, shaping the future of Durham Constabulary.”
Think you’ve got what it takes to join us?
Find out more now or download your application pack (from May 29) here: www.durham.police.uk/Joi…/Police-Officers/Pages/default.aspx
We will also be hosting LIVE Q&A sessions on our Durham Constabulary Facebook page on Monday, May 18, at 2pm; May 20, at 6pm; May 27 at 6pm and May 29 at 2pm.