If you’re looking at this page then we guess you’ve probably seen our adverts online, across social media, on local radio or maybe on Spotify.
Maybe you’re interested in the stories you’ve seen about Leon, Ninder or Tash, perhaps you’ve seen or heard our films or you could be one of the people we’ve met at virtual careers events that are taking place each week.
Either way, we’re glad you’ve taken the time to see what joining West Midlands Police can offer you.
Our films focus on the skills you probably have – and use every day – without even realising that they would be perfect for a career in policing.
Here’s the deal. We are recruiting new police officers to join our training schemes. There’s several ways of joining, depending on where you are in terms of your education.
Whether you’ve recently started looking for a new career, you got your A-Level (or other Level 3) results, you’ve started forward planning for when you’ve finished studying next year or maybe you’ve already been to uni and have graduated – we’re happy to hear from you.
Our student officer programme is open to you, regardless of whether you’re just starting out in your career journey or it’s time for you to make a change.
The important thing is that you have taken the first step by visiting this page, so hopefully that means you’re interested in finding out more about what a police career could offer you.
Our training programme offers a great opportunity to start out in a new career, where your formal training leads to a university qualification and your get paid a full wage, starting at more than £22,000, from your first day with us.
Yes, there’s entry criteria, but even if you haven’t got the grades, we can help to signpost you to ways of getting what you need to join us, or perhaps applying for one of our other jobs could be the best option for you.
Please note – our graduate Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is currently oversubscribed and so we have closed for applications, for now. If you are interested in this route, please click on the button below and register for email alerts so we can let you know when we re-open. The PCDA remains open for applications.
If you join us, the good news is that you’ll be paid to be a student police officer while you undergo your training – and we pay for that training to be delivered in partnership with Staffordshire University so that you get a degree or graduate diploma when your probation ends and you become a fully-fledged officer.
So, put simply, we offer:
- no tuition fees
- a professional degree or graduate diploma qualification
- a good salary while you train, which will increase every year
- a varied career when training is done
Exams, grades, predictions, furlough, lockdown…everything is different this year. We’ve all had to learn to adapt and deal with a different way of life. We can’t make everything better, but we can help you start a new career.
Whether you’ve always dreamed of following this path or maybe life has thrown you a few curve balls – that’s OK. Our student officer programme is offering a great career choice, whether it’s your first job or you’re looking for something new.
All the information about what you need, can be found on our eligibility page.
As our advertising shows, your everyday skills are as much in demand when you begin your police officer training.
Kindness, empathy, humour, friendship, listening, showing resilience, being able to relate to people …we could go on.
They are not skills we learn at college or university. They are just who we are. People want us to be professional but they need to see that we are human too, because policing is often about those simple conversations as much as it can be about chasing an offender or responding to a 999 call.
That’s why our recruitment campaign is telling real stories of how our officers have helped people and how their behaviour has made a real difference.
They’re skills we all have, but maybe we take them for granted.
If that’s you, you’re made for this.
Our campaign is real.
While we have changed names and faces, the stories that sit behind the campaign are all real issues that we have dealt with here in the West Midlands.
Time and again people tell us that the empathy we show while we do our job makes a difference to them. When several houses in the Black Country were burgled in a matter of days, we launched an investigation to find those responsible. But the impact on the people whose homes had been broken into was huge. They were scared, their trust in people had been affected and they no longer felt safe in their homes. Our officers took the time to listen to their concerns, gave security advice and offered reassurance. It made a huge difference.
*Ninder’s family contacted us because they wanted us to know what a positive difference our officers made. They described the detective who worked on the case as empathetic and patient, he kept them informed about progress in the case while helping them as Ninder tried to complete an insurance claim. His friendliness and kindness helped to restore her faith in people.
We went on to arrest and charge the person who committed the crime and they were sentenced at court. The families gave us some great feedback about the professional and supportive way that our officers dealt with the crimes and the lasting impression they made.
One of our force values is offering friendship and that was at the heart of how we managed to persuade *Leon that he needed our help.
One of our local neighbourhood officers in Birmingham came across a gentleman being taken advantage of by local sex workers and drug users.
The man’s kind nature meant he let these strangers into his house and fed them while they carried out their business. After discovering what was happening, our officer won Leon’s trust simply by taking the time to stop and chat. A few friendly words, the odd ‘dad joke’ and giving him the time to open up meant that the officer was able to build a relationship where Leon felt comfortable to talk about what was happening in his home.
Those jokes and idle chats paid off, because Leon finally told his new police pal who was taking advantage of him. Our officer was then able to get him the help he needed, ending with him being rehoused in a new area.
Not only did he do the formal part of the job to ensure Leon was no longer vulnerable, our officer even used his day off to help Leon move house and has kept in touch to make sure his kind ways does not lead to him being exploited again in the future.
Whether you’ve spent years dealing with the hardest of life’s knocks or you’ve recently ended up in a bad place – cutting yourself off from people can make things seem easier for some people. That was what happened to *Tash.
Her home and personal life had deteriorated, she got involved with a ‘bad crowd’ and before she even realised how she’d ended up there, she was being sexually exploited for someone else’s gain.
It’s easy to see how a tough act becomes a way to survive. But, our officer was not put off when she tried to get past the hard image. She knew Tash needed help. She found that offering friendship, regularly dropping by to say hi and to see if she needed anything was more likely to help break that cycle than by simply making an immediate arrest.
Our local officer managed to gain Tash’s trust and once she accepted the friendship that we were offering, we were able to help Tash and her friend to move to a new home in another area, away from their abusers, where we could support them to get back into education and to reclaim their lives. The officer is still in touch with Tash and her friend today and continues to offer guidance and support.
*These are not real names. We have protected the identities of those affected by these crimes.
If you think you could be the one who offers help and support to people when they really need it, then why not take a look at what a career in policing can offer you by taking a look at our detailed PC recruitment pages today.
There’s loads of information to help you understand more about the job, the training and what you need to apply. There’s even support available from our associations if you need to know more.