Studying for or completed a Professional Policing Degree?


If you’re looking at this page then we’re guessing you’ve already graduated with…or are studying towards a university-based Professional Policing degree.

If not, then you might be in the wrong place – take a look at our student officer programme information to see more about our degree apprenticeship and degree holder entry programmes. If you want to know more about the full time Professional Policing degree (also known as ‘pre-join degrees’) and universities that offer it, visit the College of Policing website.

So – back to you as a Professional Policing degree holder.

We’re delighted you’ve come to look at our page and are considering us as a future employer.

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We need to be clear – even if you’ve achieved your degree, that does not automatically mean you’ll pass the assessment and selection process to join us when we are next open for you to apply. There’s still lots of steps that you’ll need to go through, like all applicants, such as assessment, vetting, medical and fitness tests.

If you do join us, you’d start as a probationary Police Officer from day one and receive a starting salary of £24,780, rising to £25,902 in your second year and £27,030 in your third, assuming all your training and performance measures are met.

The Professional Policing degree you have studied for is based on the national curriculum for the Police Constable role, therefore by joining via this route you will enjoy a shorter ‘on-the-job’ training programme.

You will complete mandatory training such as personal safety and first aid. And you will develop your core operational policing skills with some of our busiest teams, in Response, Force CID and Public Protection. You’ll also spend time with our Neighbourhood Teams across the West Midlands to get a feel for community policing.

The initial learning phase, lasting a few weeks, is held at our training base in Edgbaston, before moving on to rotations around various teams where you’ll work towards Independent Patrol Status, meaning you’ll then be able to respond to incidents by yourself – but don’t worry as you will be supported throughout!

Your probation period will be two years and at the end you will be signed off as a fully competent Police Officer.

You’ll play a key role in supporting people of the West Midlands, preventing and responding to crime, working to help and protect vulnerable people and using your skills to bring to justice for victims.

Take a look at other sections of this site to get a feel for what life with West Midlands Police can offer you.

To understand more about our structure and the potential to move into some of our many specialist policing roles in the future, take a look at our Life @ WMP page.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the support on offer from our Positive Action team, our many Staff Associations and support networks, take a look at our Diversity, Inclusion and Support page.

Finally, don’t just listen to what we have to say. Take time to read some of the features and case studies from colleagues who are already part of the WMP family by visiting our Who We Are page.

Thanks for visiting our site and we hope to hear from you soon.