We expect all constables to learn, understand and act within the ethics and values of the police service.
We monitor this through the Competency and Values Framework (CVF). Six competencies that are clustered into three groups, under each competency are three levels that show what behaviours will look like in practice.
Constables should be working towards the following levels of the CVF (pictured).
Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Prior Education and Experience:
- Typically, a PC is likely to have achieved a Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) prior to entry.
- Completed mandatory assessments on recruitment.
Policing Education and Qualification Framework (PEQF):
To ensure equal opportunities for all people who want to join the force as a constable, we’re implementing new entry routes into policing which require new entrants to work towards and achieve (or to already hold) a Level 6 qualification. This will be via one of the new entry route options: a Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, Degree-Holder Entry Programme or a Pre-join Professional Policing Degree.
Part of being a constable is bringing your unique capabilities to the role. However, there are a few core competencies that we consider almost essential to ensure you can be an effective member of the team from day one:
- The ability to develop a deep knowledge and understanding of a local community
- Strong communication skills with the ability to set out logical arguments clearly and adapt language, form and message to meet the needs of different people/ audiences.
- Good team working skills demonstrating awareness of individual differences and the ability to build strong working relationships, to provide support as required.
- Able to proactively develop effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and other stakeholders, understanding their needs and concerns.
- Able to identify the drivers of behaviour, acting with discretion and emotional intelligence to manage conflict and defuse difficult situations.
- Problem solving skills with the ability to identify cause and effect and develop a course of action designed to target root causes, with the initiative to interpret and apply guidance to a specific activity.
- Able to interpret and apply guidance to a specific activity.
- Able to identify, analyse and manage risk to inform balanced, proportionate, evidence-based decisions.
- Able to review and reflect on own performance objectively and to take steps to maintain and enhance competence and professional standards appropriate to the role.
- Good time management skills with the ability to appropriately prioritise and plan own work.
- Skilled in the use of standard IT packages, systems and/or databases to fulfil role requirements.
- Skilled in applying personal safety tactics, including the use of equipment and restraints.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
To progress in your role as a constable, there are several key areas where you’ll be required to continually develop, such as:
- Maintain understanding of Police Regulations and College of Policing Guidance, best practice and any local policy applicable to the operational police context.
- Maintain and update key knowledge, understanding and skills relating to criminology, legislation, policy and practice across all functional areas of operational policing.
- Maintain knowledge and understanding of new approaches identified by evidence based policing research and problem solving, test and synthesise these into working practice, championing innovation and changes to practice.
- Maintain a working knowledge and understanding of new and evolving crime threats and priorities and current best practice to tackle these in order to enable a pro-active and preventative approach.
- Complete all annual and mandatory training.
Thank you for considering joining South Yorkshire Police as a constable, now is the perfect time to get started. Develop yourself and take pride in upholding justice, contribute to and improve the county you live in, progress your career and be the future of your community.