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Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

Salary: £24, 177

Overview: A two-year diploma in Professional Policing Practice  (PPPD).

Is this route for you: This route is for anyone who already holds a degree in any subject area (but not in Professional Policing Practice) and would like to work as an operational police officer for Cumbria Constabulary whilst obtaining a diploma.

Before you start: To be accepted onto the DHEP, candidates have to meet the Constabulary's DHEP eligibility criteria and successfully pass the stages of the Constabulary's police officer recruitment process.

What's involved: The PPPD involves a two-year programme of academic modules, course work and exams. This coincides with serving as a student training police officer, with active frontline duties within Cumbria Constabulary. 

Provider: The academic learning for the DHEP is provided by our *Higher Education Provider Partner the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Support: Student officers working towards a diploma will receive support from a UCLan tutor for academic studies, and officers and staff from Cumbria Constabulary will support with the operational role.

Officers will receive one-on-one support from their UCLan tutor.

How to apply: Please complete this application form and return it to:

Degree Holder Entry Programme 
Employee Services
HR Department
Police HQ
Carleton Hall
PENRITH
Cumbria
CA10 2AUQ

Degree Holder Entry Programme FAQs

How long is the DHEP?

The DHEP is two years long to allow for conversion of your degree to a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice. These two years will be your probation as a student officer as well. After the two years you will graduate from both the diploma and your probation.

Will I be a serving officer as well as training?

Yes, for the majority of your time you will be in force on frontline duties.

How much time will I spend studying in a class room?

The minimum amount of time spent in off the job learning such as in lessons will be 20 per cent. Off the job could also include work-related projects, which would be agreed by you and the Constabulary, which could help tackle local policing issues.

Will I have someone to support me with my learning?

Yes, each recruit will be allocated a tutor. They will provide you with support via email and face-to-face meetings at the Constabulary's HQ in Penrith.

What will I be assessed on?

Recruits will be assessed on their practical work, assessments, course work and exams.

What is the recruitment process before I start the DHEP?

Before new recruits join the DHEP, you will be required to attend an interview at a designated Cumbria Constabulary police station and, successfully pass the SEARCH Assessment Centre to test for initial abilities including common sense approaches and reading and writing skills. There are also vetting and fitness tests that need to be passed before being enrolled onto the DHEP programme (note places are limited in each DHEP intake, enrolment onto the DHEP is subject to availability and, should the programme be popular, candidates may experience a waiting period before being offered a place).

What age do I have to be to apply?

Applicants need to be 18 or older.

I don't want to study towards a diploma, can I join under the old scheme?

Unfortunately not, the old scheme is closed to new applicants, and has been replaced by the DHEP.

Which Higher Education Institute will provide the diploma?

The diploma is provided by the Constabulary's HEI partner, UCLan.

Do I have to attend a university for lectures?

No, UCLan lecturers will hold lessons at a Cumbria Constabulary site, this will usually be the Carleton Hall site in Penrith. 

Do I have to pay for the diploma?

No, your diploma will be funded as part of the programme.

Will I have a graduation ceremony?

Yes, this will be organised by UCLan and will be held at Preston with graduates from other UCLan higher education courses.

Can I apply to more than one force at a time?

No, applicants are unable to apply to two different forces at the same time.

Visit the police officer FAQs page for general FAQs on becoming a police officer.

DHEP Eligibility

  • Be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application).
  • Applicants should be British Citizens, or passport holders from a full EU Member State. You can also apply if you're a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK with indefinite leave to remain.
  • You must have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application. 
  • Have previously achieved a Degree (not in Professional Policing Practice), for the Degree Holder Entry Scheme.
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) plus other organisations such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • If you have a criminal record, this doesn't mean you're automatically ineligible; it depends on the nature of your conviction. Please declare any caution or conviction on your application form, failure to do so will result in failing vetting due to integrity issues.
  • You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, have outstanding County Court Judgements against you, or be subject to a current Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA).
  • Tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent or numerous are not acceptable. Please supply photos and measurements of any tattoos along with your application, as per application guidance.
  • You must hold a full manual driving licence prior to commencing with Cumbria Constabulary.
  • You may only apply to one police force at a time