Ever wanted to become a police officer? The next recruitment round for budding officers to join West Yorkshire Police’s police constable degree apprenticeship scheme opens on 27 July

The starting salary for trainee officers is £20,879, which will increase to a minimum of £26,371 after the three-year training has been completed. Find out how to apply here.

As part of their three-year training programme, apprentices will focus on areas such as being a detective, working within the roads policing unit and learning the skills of neighbourhood policing.

They are paid a full salary while they go through their training, with all university fees covered.

Seventy-eight apprentices have already started their training at West Yorkshire Police’s Learning and Development Centre in Wakefield, alongside studying for a degree.

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said: “A big welcome goes out to our first police constable degree apprentices who have started their training for West Yorkshire Police. I would like to wish them the best of luck as they take the first steps in their policing journey.”

“Working alongside studying for a degree in policing studies will no doubt pose some challenges, but it is the best preparation possible for a career as a police officer and I hope they enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed the last 29 years.”

Assistant Chief Constable Williams went on to encourage anyone who is thinking about applying to keep an eye out for the next recruitment window, which opens on 27 July.

“We would particularly welcome applications from those from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background as we work to improve our diversity in force and become more representative of West Yorkshire’s communities.”

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