The force in West Yorkshire is looking to recruit 300 new police officers and, for the first time, has indicated that officers will study for a degree as part of their training.

The recruits will be trained and mentored by experienced police officers at West Yorkshire Police’s Learning and Development Centre in Wakefield and by academics at Leeds Trinity University.

They will complete a three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship and will be paid police officers from day one, with all university fees being met by the force.

The aim is to reach out to all sections of the community in order to better represent the communities that the police in West Yorkshire serve.

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said: “We want everyone living in West Yorkshire to feel their force represents them. Whilst we have seen some great results to reflect our communities with regards to such areas as gender, LGBT and those with disabilities, this has not been the case with regards to our BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) community. With this in mind, we are particularly interested to engage with any potential new recruits from our BAME communities”.

As they will be on a three-year apprenticeship, she explained, new officers will be able to specialise as they move through the degree and they can look towards being a detective, a Roads Policing Officer or a specialist working in one of the Neighbourhood teams.

With applications starting in July 2019 (see https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/jobs-volunteer/police-officers/police-officers for details), the first trainee officers will be appointed to the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship programme in April 2020.

The starting salary for those taking part is from £18,000, with incremental annual increases leading to a salary of £24,654 on successful completion of the programme and confirmation in role.

In addition, West Yorkshire has announced that a new Degree Holder Entry Programme will open later this year to allow those who already hold a non-policing degree to complete a two-year learning programme to become a qualified police officer.

Last reviewed 13 June 2019