Entry routes into policing
Would you like an exciting and varied career with a top performing, vibrant, innovative and forward thinking police force? If you're thinking yes to the above, then becoming a Police Officer could be for you!
We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people with a passion for serving the community and keeping the public safe. Our officers provide a vital front line service for our Cumbrian community and visitors to the county.
Read more about the role of a police office here.
In line with the College of Policing's Police Education Quality Framework, we have changed our entry routes to reflect and acknowledge the high level of service required from an officer in today's complex and challenging policing environment.
What route is right for you?
There are three routes of entry to become a serving police officer:
- Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
A three-year professional degree apprenticeship, this route is for someone who would like to work in the role of an operational police officer, whilst studying, and who does not hold a degree-level qualification.
- Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
A two-year academic and practical-based programme, 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 Professional Policing Diploma.
- Pre-join Degree Programme
This route is for anyone who already holds a degree in Professional Policing Practice.