Joining the police

Understand the different routes into the service before you apply.

How the College can help

If you enjoy facing challenges, solving problems and would like to contribute to keeping your community safe while developing a wider range of skills, then policing could be for you. There are many different ways you can contribute to the police.  

The College of Policing can help with information to make decisions about the best way you could get involved. We also provide information on the professional training, qualifications and standards you'll need to achieve to become a police officer.

The recruitment of officers and police staff is usually done directly by forces themselves. 

Coming soon

Returning to the police

Options for former officers including:

  • the return to investigative practice programme
  • ways to rejoin with specific forces

Becoming a volunteer

Offer your time, skills or expertise to help officers on the frontline or the police staff that support them, including: 

  • becoming a special constable
  • working as a police support volunteer
  • joining the police cadets if you're aged between 13 and 18