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- You’re made for this
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- What’s the process?
- Achieving your degree apprenticeship
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- The detailed stuff and FAQs
WMP student officer programme – the new way to become a police officer
Are you interested in a career in policing?
We offer the following entry routes into WMP:
- PCDA – the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship
- DHEP – the Degree Holder Entry Route onto our student officer programme, which we offer as both regular PC training and also a course specifically for those who want to be a detective (this is known as DC DHEP).
As well as our two main programmes (PCDA and DHEP) we also work with various other national schemes, such as Direct Entry Inspector and Police Now, and we take officers through both the Police Now regular and detective programmes.
Policing is such a varied career.
Joining us can take you from a marked response car, into an investigations team supporting victims of abuse, through to attending a community meeting on a local estate.
The things that people remember, regardless of what role you play, are the everyday human skills a police officer uses when we reach out and offer support to those who need it.
Policing is about protecting people, preventing crime and helping those in need but it’s also about showing kindness, empathy and friendship.
That’s why This Work Matters.
We need your skills. You’re made for this.
Our entry routes are tailored depending on your experience and level of education.
The student officer programme is a relatively new approach for us. We are partnered with Staffordshire University to train our student officers, while helping them to earn a degree or postgraduate qualification, which will be recognised internationally.
Your formal training will take place alongside your practical work in one of our many policing teams across the West Midlands. After a few weeks learning the important stuff, you’ll get your uniform, join a team, and begin three years – or two if you join on our DHEP programme – of practical learning that will shape your police career.
Most of your learning will be done digitally. You’ll log onto Staffordshire University systems and watch lectures and access learning modules from your computer, without needing to travel to campus.
When you’re not studying you’ll be part of our team, joining colleagues to police our local communities, responding to 999 calls on the frontline or in one of our investigation teams, helping to solve some of the most serious crimes and catch those responsible.
Like what you hear? There’s more…All of this comes with a starting salary of £22,065 for those joining our PCDA programme, or £23,115 if you already have a police-related degree and are joining DHEP, once it reopens for applications. This increases each year and within five years you’ll earn around £30,000.
Unlike many other career entry programmes, our training scheme is totally funded, so there’s no tuition fees to worry about, plus there’s loads of benefits, staff associations, social clubs and the pension to consider.
Policing the West Midlands is diverse and fast-paced, but we are here to make a difference too.
We’re the second biggest force in the country and we cover the UK’s second city, as well as other busy towns, cities and villages. Careers with us are varied and demanding – but exciting too. From major incidents to community policing, every day is different and with events like Coventry City of Culture and Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games 2022, a career with WMP has lots to offer.
We are here to make a difference in local communities. This work matters.