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Police Officers

Are you looking for a new, exciting and varied career, which offers you a mixture of ordinary activities and extraordinary situations?

Do you have a strong commitment to making a difference in the community with which you live?

If so, then the role of a Police Constable could be the job for you!

Sussex is a diverse county ranging from the vibrant City of Brighton & Hove, to one of Britain's busiest Airports - Gatwick, and a varied mix of smaller coastal towns and rural communities. 

Our vision for policing in Sussex is achieving a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve, and in doing so, we encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures to consider our recruitment and career opportunities.

Police Now is an innovative scheme which puts exceptional graduates on the frontline of policing, with the aim of finding creative solutions to complex issues.

See our Police Now information page for further details.

As a Police Constable, from day one you will be helping make Sussex safer, as well as helping us to make a difference in the communities that we serve. We are looking for people with enthusiasm, dedication and focus for this exceptional role, and who are committed to our Priorities, Vision and commitment to protecting those most vulnerable, catching criminals, keeping the public safe and living and working by the Code of Ethics.

Policing can be challenging but can also be highly rewarding. Every day when you put on your uniform and go to work, you will be making life safer and more secure for your family, friends and neighbours and helping to make your community a better place to live.

As a Constable, no two days will be the same. Your day could start by being called to the scene of a road traffic collision where you'll give first aid, and then be called to help with the search for a missing person.

On your late shift you could be sent on burglary patrols or out patrolling in a busy nightlife centre ensuring party-goers are safe and well.

One thing's for certain…. you won't be bored!

You will be provided with training to assist you to deal with various situations that you will experience, you will get to learn new skills, meet new people and set out a career path that could see you specialise as a firearms officer, a dog handler or a detective.

You will need to be comfortable in dealing with a variety of incidents, be a good communicator with a calm, confident personality; a problem solver, team player, someone who easily builds relationships and respects other people and appreciates views from the communities that we serve.

Why join us?
Who better to tell you than the officers themselves?

What you need to know…
Being a police officer can be a tough and unpredictable job, but it is also an extremely rewarding position. Please read our FAQs

Eligibility Criteria

  • To apply for the role of police constable, you will need to:
  • be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application).
  • have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application.
  • have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period.
  • have achieved a standard of education equivalent to Level 3 or above (see below for full details).
  • not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) plus other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • not have tattoos which could cause offence (see FAQs).
  • not have motoring offences (see FAQs).

Qualifications – Examples for England, Wales and Northern Ireland

You must have achieved one of the following qualifications or achieved Independent Patrol Status (IP) as a Special Constable or PCSO.

A Level / AS Level / Advanced Diploma / National Diploma / National Certificate / National Award / Level 3 Diploma / Level 3 Certificate / Level 3 Award / Level 3 International Certificate in Computer Studies / (ICCS) NCC Education UK / Level 3 NVQ / City & Guilds, Level 3 / NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety / Access to higher Education Diploma

What Sussex Police offers you…

  • Our starting salary for student officers is £19,773 per annum, plus £1,000 per annum South East Allowance, or, £22,896 for currently serving Special Constables with Independent Patrol Status or PCSOs who have completed 2 years’ service at time of appointment.
  • Annual Leave of 22 days (increasing with length of service), plus bank holidays in lieu.
  • Police pension.
  • Training and development opportunities.
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) covering a range of health, wellbeing and lifestyle issues.
  • Support and advice from Occupational Health and a range of staff associations and access to a range of services - Charitable Trust and Police Mutual.
  • Childcare Vouchers. You can use the vouchers to pay for registered or approved childcare, this includes nurseries, childminders, breakfast and after school clubs and can be used for children up to the age of 16.
  • Access to subsidised gym (depending on location).
  • Staff Support Networks which include: Evolve, Race Equality Network, Gay Police Association and ENABLE - Sussex Police Disability & Carers Association.
  • Lifestyle Discounts which include travel subsidiaries, an eye care scheme and many many more.