Police Constable

Date published: 08 October 2020 07:22

Be The Future Of Community

Being a police officer is not just a job. It is a career.

Becoming a police constable is a career like no other. Not only will you be taking on challenges that will change your life, but you’ll be working to protect the people and communities of South Yorkshire. This is a career where you’ll travel between urban cities and rural towns, meeting people from all walks of life.

You’ll be on the front line, detecting and preventing crime, while providing support and protection to the communities of South Yorkshire. This is your chance to take on a challenge that will change lives.

It is a responsibility reserved for those with the integrity and commitment to build a career in the service of the community around them. This role comes with the power to make autonomous decisions. We’ll prepare you with the knowledge, skills and support to make legal, ethical and appropriate judgements when it counts.

Constables need to meet, and maintain, the highest professional standards required of their role, by conducting all actions in a legal, balanced, proportionate and justifiable manner to uphold the law and achieve the best outcomes in a wide range of situations/incidents. This means you’ll always have the guidance, and the drive, to keep making progress, to be the best version of yourself, and be the future of South Yorkshire.

A career with South Yorkshire Police is the chance for you to take on a challenge that will change lives. Whether you’re a school-leaver, a graduate or searching for new opportunities, we welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities.

There are three different entry routes as part of our Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), which you can take to join the police.

If you don’t have a degree:

You can earn as you learn, and complete the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). Over three years you’ll combine on-the-job learning and academic theory to become to a police constable with a degree in Professional Policing Practice.

If you already have a degree:

The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) combines a work-based programmed and off-the-job learning as you spend two years being a police officer and probationer. After completion, you’ll achieve a graduate diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

If you want to study first:

You can undertake a three-year degree in Professional Policing at your own expense and then apply to become a police officer. During your course, there may be an option for you to join as a special constable.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide appropriate frontline response to a wide range of incidents that may include complex and confrontational situations, assessing immediate risk, threat and harm to determine a proportionate response in line with the law, policy and guidance.
  • Establish partnerships to engage with, reassure and support organisations, groups and individuals across communities in line with the force’s planned approach.
  • Engage with victims, witnesses, suspects and the vulnerable, in accordance with equality, diversity and human rights considerations, to provide initial support, direct towards relevant services, establish relationships and gather information that prevents and reduces crimes.
  • Maintain awareness of risks to individuals, taking appropriate action to protect and support those in need of public protection to –pre-empt or effectively address safety / vulnerability issues.
  • Conduct investigations to inform the development of high-quality case files and initiation of criminal justice proceedings.
  • Gather and handle information, intelligence, and evidence, from a variety of sources, taking the appropriate action to support investigations, law enforcement and criminal justice proceedings.
  • Interview victims, witnesses and suspects in relation to crimes and investigations, gathering information with the potential to support law enforcement objectives.
  • Conduct first line analysis of information, intelligence and evidence to determine significance, generate lines of enquiry, inform decision-making and support evidence-based policing.
  • Justify and professionally account for actions to ensure adherence to legal frameworks and key working principles, policies and guidance.
  • Identify and implement opportunities for innovation in policing, applying critical thinking to identify solutions to problems within area of work.


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:

  • A PC is likely to have achieved a Level 3 Qualification (or equivalent) prior to entry, or alternatively be able to evidence alternative prior experience that can be related to the programme and can demonstrate the required level of skill and academic ability.
  • Completed mandatory assessments on recruitment.

To find out if you are eligible to apply, click here. 

Competency and Values Framework (CVF)

Competency and Values Framework (CVF)

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.

Be the future

Be the future