Career opportunities in policing

Find out about policing vacancies in the UK and abroad.

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The College of Policing works with police forces and Police and Crime Commissioners to provide details of policing vacancies across all roles, ranks and grades, and for police transferees. This page will also provide information on secondments to national and international police organisations.

  • For vacancies at the College of Policing, see our College vacancies pages.
  • If you are a member of the public who is interested in joining the police, visit the Police Recruitment website.
  • If you are a senior manager, a graduate, a special constable or a member of police staff who is interested in joining the police, see our Fast Track and Direct Entry pages.

For information about any of the opportunities listed below, please follow the relevant link. The page is updated as vacancies become available, so please check regularly.

Current vacancies

Essex and Kent Police: Assistant Chief Constable - Serious Crime Directorate

Applications are invited from qualified officers for the position of Assistant Chief Constable. This strategic leadership role will join the existing executive teams of Kent and Essex Police, playing a key role in the corporate management and direction of the force with particular responsibility for the leadership and direction of the Serious Crime Directorate.

Deadline for completed applications: 12noon on 18 April 2014.

For more information and application details, see the Essex Police website

Kent Police: Assistant Chief Constable

Applications are invited from qualified officers for the position of Assistant Chief Constable. This role presents the successful candidate with the opportunity to join the existing command  team of Kent Police, playing a key role in helping the force to provide a first-class service to the public.

Deadline for completed applications: 12noon on 18 April 2014.

For more information and application details, see the Kent Police website

Suffolk Constabulary: Assistant Chief Constable

Suffolk Constabulary is seeking an experienced senior officer with leadership skills and the enthusiasm to reinforce relationships across the county. Working in partnerships with Suffolk's communities, you will be committed to providing a high-calibre service in accordance with the PCC Police Crime Plan, allowing Suffolk to remain a safer place in which to live, work and invest. Applicants may apply to the Norfolk ACC vacancy (see below) simultaneously.

Deadline for completed applications: 5pm on 22 April 2014.

For more information and application details, see the Suffolk Constabulary website

Norfolk Constabulary: Assistant Chief Constable

Norfolk Constabulary is seeking a progressive leader who is energetic and innovative, with a proven track record of delivering results. You will join an established team of senior officers who lead the organisation through challenging times, by maximising the ongoing success of collaboration and partnerships, to deliver high-quality policing services to increasingly diverse communities. Applicants may apply to the Suffolk ACC vacancy (see above) simultaneously.

Deadline for completed applications: 5pm on 22 April 2014.

For more information and application details, see the Norfolk Constabulary website

Police Service of Northern Ireland: Chief Constable

The Northern Ireland Policing Board is looking for an outstanding leader who will drive change across the Police Service of Northern Ireland, inspire partners nationally and locally and play a leading role in ensuring that Northern Ireland's communities flourish and become safer and stronger with improved opportunities and a better quality of life.

Deadline for completed applications: 12noon on 25 April 2014

For more information and application details, see the Northern Ireland Policing Board website

Avon and Somerset Constabulary: Assistant Chief Constable

Avon and Somerset are looking for an inspirational, visionary leader and team player, with the highest levels of operational credibility and personal integrity to join as ACC. The successful candidate will drive the achievement of the five year ambition and PCC priorities, ensuring the force delivers the best policing service it can for its communities.

Deadline for completed applications: 12noon on 25 April 2014

For more information and application details, see the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website

Derbyshire Constabulary: Assistant Chief Constable x 2

Derbyshire Constabulary has vacancies for two Assistant Chief Constable posts. The portfolios are Crime & Territorial Policing, and Operational Support. This is an opportunity to join an inclusive management team that respects one another and the workforce. You will be pivotal in driving change and need to show resilience to deliver against complex and competing demands while focusing on performance.

Deadline for completed applications: 25 April 2014.

For more information and application details, see the Derbyshire Constabulary website

Cleveland Police: Assistant Chief Constable

Cleveland Police is looking for an Assistant Chief Constable to help lead a dedicated and hardworking force through challenging times. You will have operational and leadership credibility and will provide effective, transformational leadership of your portfolio responsibilities. You will actively support the changes required following recent investigations, and demonstrate a personal commitment to high professional and ethical standards.

Deadline for completed applications: 5pm on 2 May 2014.

For more information, see the Cleveland Police website For an application form and information pack, contact Frances Bage (PA to the CC and DCC) on 01642 301215 or frances.bage@cleveland.pnn.police.uk

Dorset Police: Transferee Armed Response Constables

Dorset Police are seeking to recruit Armed Response Constables to fill five vacancies within its armed response team. To remain operationally effective it is essential that Dorset Police's profile reflects the community it works within and for these reasons Dorset would encourage officers from different ethnic backgrounds and female officers to consider applying. Dorset Police expects all officers to uphold the forces' Values - Integrity, Professionalism, Fairness and Respect.

Deadline for completed applications: 10 May 2014

For more information and application details, see the Dorset Police website

Dorset Police: Transferee Uniform Patrol Constables

Dorset Police are seeking to recruit Uniformed Patrol Constables to fill 25 vacancies. Dorset Police is committed to achieving a truly representative workforce and therefore welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Dorset Police expects all officers to uphold the forces' Values - Integrity, Professionalism, Fairness and Respect.

Deadline for completed applications: 10 May 2014

For more information and application details, see the Dorset Police website 

Cheshire Constabulary: Assistant Chief Constable

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced senior police officers. Cheshire Constabulary is a force where energy, enthusiasm, a commitment to openness and a willingness to drive improvement are essential. The successful applicant will have the leadership qualities necessary for the role, and the strategic and political acumen to shape and contribute to strategic change in the force and work effectively with partners.

Deadline for completed applications: 12noon on 16 May 2014.

For more information and application details, see the Cheshire Constabulary website

Thames Valley Police: Transferee Police Constables

Thames Valley Police is seeking to recruit experienced police officers currently serving with a UK police force.

For more information, please visit the Thames Valley Police website

Surrey Police: Experienced Detective Constables

Surrey Police is looking to recruit experienced PIP2 accredited detective constables with experience in public protection, proactive crime or reactive crime.

Deadline for completed applications: to be confirmed.

For more information and application details, see the Surrey Police website

Surrey Police: Aspiring Detective Constables

Surrey Police is seeking suitably skilled PCs who aspire to be detectives, to undertake its Detective Learner Programme. Successful candidates will undertake the National Investigators Exam (NIE) before attending the Initial Crime Investigators Development Programme Course (ICIDP).

Deadline for completed applications: to be confirmed.

For more information and application details, see the Surrey Police website

Sussex Police: Police Constable Transferees

Sussex Police has opportunities for transferees from other forces at the rank of police constable only. Opportunities include neighbourhood response officers, response Investigation Officers, divisional CID detective constables (PIP accreditation required) and roads policing constables (previous roads policing required). Applicants must be resident in Sussex upon an offer of appointment.

Deadline for completed applications: to be confirmed.

For more information and application details, see the Sussex Police website

Leicestershire Police: Special Constables

Leicestershire Police is actively looking to recruit special constables to work alongside regular police officers, and is holding a number of recruitment seminars.

For more information and details of the recruitment seminars, see the Leicestershire Police website

North Wales Police: Detective Constables

North Wales Police is looking to recruit qualified, skilled and experienced detective constables from other Home Office forces to support Local Policing Service delivery across the force area as well as within its specialist detective roles. Applicants must have successfully completed the Initial Crime Investigators Development Programme (ICIDP) or equivalent CID Foundation Course.

This is an ongoing recruitment drive and there is no current deadline for completed applications.

For more information and application details, see the North Wales Police website