Police Officer

Police Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme

Police Officer (DHEP)
Full Time
Human Resources
Northampton, Giffard House - NN3 8DP


04/12/2022, 23:55

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step and you’re now one step closer to the best career decision you’ll ever make.  

Policing is a challenging but highly rewarding role. Police officers within Northamptonshire Police protect people from harm and help make the county a safer place to live for family, friends, and the wider community.

You are on your way to earning a highly competitive salary, starting at £26,682 and rising to £43,032, it’s a job where no two days are the same and is both challenging and rewarding.

Police Constable Degree Holder Entry Programme 

The Degree Holder Entry Route Programme (DHEP) is a structured two-year programme that will be delivered by the Force in partnership with a University of Northampton.

During the 2-year period student officers will undertake a variety of learning and development activities, to equip and prepare them for the police officer role, mixed with operational deployment as a police officer.

Our DHEP pathway is fully funded by Northamptonshire Police, and at the successful conclusion of the programme, will be awarded a Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.


We are looking for people from all background who share our vision and values to join us.

Academic requirements:

Applicants for DHEP hold have a minimum of a UK bachelor’s degree qualification* (Level 6) or equivalent. Qualification certificate to be attached to your application form.  


You must be 17 or over to be eligible to apply but you must be 18 before a final offer of appointment can be made. There is no upper age limit for the appointment, however, please bear in mind that the normal retirement age for an officer is 60 years of age, but can take their pension from Age 55

Driving Licence:

Applicants are required to hold a full UK manual driving licence at the point a final offer of appointment is made.


If you from outside the UK, it's essential that you have leave to enter or to remain in the UK for an indefinite period


A minimum residency criterion of three years within the UK, applies before candidates can be considered for the Police.

Criminal conviction/caution:

Ideally, you should not have a criminal conviction or cautions record. If you do have one, your application may be rejected, although we may consider your age at the time and nature of the offence.

Membership of groups or organisations:

We will not accept applications from anyone who is, or has been, a member of the British National Party, Combat 18, National Front or similar organization.

Recruitment Process

  1. Application
  2. National sift
  3. Assessment Centre
  4. Interview
  5. Pre-employment Checks including Vetting, Fitness, Medical, Eyesight, Drugs, Biometric, References
  6. Uniform Fitting


We know that this is a life changing role, and we want to help you through the recruitment process as much as possible. We have a range of support services available to help you, which we encourage you to take advantage of.

We run workshops that help you through assessment centre and interview preparation. Find out how you can attend these free sessions by contacting us for details or email us any questions or queries on Recruitment@northants.pnn.police.uk or call on 03000111222 Ext 342401.

As a service we are committed to working towards a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we proudly serve. To this end we have a dedicated Positive Action Team that ensure we recruit from the widest possible talent including those from ethnic minority communities, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. To find out more please visit www.PositiveActionPolice.co.uk

Here are some important facts about joining the Police Service

The police are available to help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round. As a police officer you are expected to be flexible and there may be occasions where while dealing with an incident that you will not be able to leave immediately at the end of your shift.

During your probation period, you will be expected to work three weekends on and two weekends off. Your shifts will vary days, evenings, nights, and weekend shifts. However, we understand that you will have family and social commitments and we make every effort to be flexible, let you have your shift patterns in advance and try to manage work life balance.

While we do have some officers that work part-time, you won’t be able to do this immediately. In due course, you may wish to discuss flexible working with your line manager.

The role of an officer is varied and challenging, and you will be exposed to situation that you will not encountered before, including attending serious injury road collision, violent situations and even death. however, you will be provided with training and support and the skills to deal with these scenarios.

The role requires you to be resilient, with effective communication and problem-solving skills and be able to work under pressure. You will be learning all the time and the reward you get from helping people in need is a key the reason why police officers have joined.

Every police force has a rank structure where it’s important to be able to follow instruction. As an officer, you have significant powers in serving and protecting the public which comes with responsibility and accountability. We expect everyone, regardless of rank or role, to commit to ethical behaviour and values. If we are to police the public, then everyone needs to deliver to the highest standard.



Why work for Northamptonshire Police?

Northamptonshire Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.

If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Northamptonshire Police is the force for you.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Northamptonshire Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.

All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

Flexible working

All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.

Recruitment and Selection Policy

Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.

Internal applicants must have line manager support prior to proceeding with an application.

Police Barred and Advisory lists

Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.

Vetting and safeguarding

Northamptonshire Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.

Please note, you will require the following detail to complete this application form; NI Number, ID detail, address information, referee information, full employment history including dates and any qualifications you may have attained.  You may also be requested to provide photos of any visible tattoos you have. The application system only remains active on a single page for a period of 60 minutes. Please therefore ensure you allow time to complete this fully as part complete pages will not be saved.  

This vacancy is closed to applications.