West Midlands Police is recruiting student officers
Come and join us - be the first through our new
Want to be a police officer? Entry into the service is
changing - and we are one of the first to recruit student officers
to study while they serve.
New recruits into West Midlands Police, this year, will be the
first to be enrolled with Staffordshire University under a new
The new approach to training police recruits follows a national
change in the way officers are prepared for the rigours of modern
policing. By 2020 all forces across the country will adopt a
similar programme which sees officers' training formally recognised
as a qualification for the first time.
WMP is joining neighbouring forces; Staffordshire Police, West
Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police, to work with Staffordshire
University. The uni will co-deliver a new three-year training
programme, which will see student officers graduate with a degree
in Professional Policing Practice, while those who join us having
already completed a degree will be enrolled on a two-year programme
that converts their previous study into practical police training,
achieving a graduate diploma in policing.
The student programme is following a similar pattern to nursing
and other public service careers, where new recruits will learn the
job as a student, blending their practical learning with formal
All of the information, including eligibility criteria, what the
course will involve, details about the application process and what
life's like at WMP can be found on our careers site - jobs.west-midlands.police.uk
Chief Constable Dave Thompson is delighted to see the new
approach launching in the West Midlands.
"Modernising entry into the police service is a subject that has
been talked about for some time, but 2019 is the year that this
truly comes into effect, with new candidates being given the
opportunity to join West Midlands Police, while studying for a
policing degree," he said.
"It's a huge step forward and is a massive change for
"How we police our region is changing. We don't simply react and
respond to emergencies any more. Our work is far greater and we
work closer with partners in other emergency services, councils,
social services and health professionals than we ever have
"Our officers are skilled and have a huge amount to offer as a
result of the experience and training they complete over the course
of their careers, but now they will have a degree to reflect
The degree will be fully funded, with WMP able to reclaim costs
through the national apprenticeship levy. Student officers will
join the programme and earn from £21,000 as a student officer, or
£22,000 as a graduate recruit, while they learn their trade.
Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Partnerships and
Region at Staffordshire University, said: "The student officers
will earn as they learn and have the flexibility to manage the
demands of front-line policing alongside the challenges of
undertaking degree level study. It also means that students who may
have been concerned about the costs of a university education have
a route to gain academic skills and on-the-job experience. This
partnership acts as a clear demonstration of our role as a civic
university, serving the needs of our region and improving quality
of life locally, regionally and nationally."
The first group of recruits to go through the programme will
join WMP in July and will graduate in 2022 - just as Birmingham
hosts the Commonwealth Games.
Student officers will complete initial training to help them
learn the basics of policing before being allocated to a team where
they will learn the practical side of the job, while completing
formal university study. Learning will be flexible, with some
classroom-based study as well as local delivery and online
Last month, funding was announced for an additional 200 officers
as part of the force's drive to tackle violent crime. In total, 420
officers are expected to join the force's ranks over the next 12
months. In addition, WMP is also currently recruiting 100 new PCSOs
across the West Midlands.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson added:"By driving
further efficiencies and making cost savings I have been able to
deliver 200 more police officers for West Midlands Police.
"These officers will make a difference to tackling violent crime
in the West Midlands, and are being delivered following a rigorous
efficiency making exercise. We've looked at every process and are
now able to reinvest these savings on the front line.
"I want people from all backgrounds to apply to be a police
officer to make the force look more like the communities it
"We need to make sure that people from all communities apply to
join the police to make sure we are harnessing the talents of all
the people in the West Midlands."
From major incidents to community policing, there's a range of
teams and careers at WMP and with events like Coventry City of
Culture 2021 and Birmingham hosting the Commonwealth Games 2022 to
prepare for, life at WMP has lots to offer.
Prospective officers can start to complete their online forms
now, with the selection process, vetting and medicals set to take
place through the year. If you want to know more about the new
student officer programme or want to know more about the varied
careers on offer, visit our careers site today - jobs.west-midlands.police.uk
When we last opened our doors for PC recruitment, in June 2018,
over 1900 people submitted applications, with the successful
candidates due to start the first degree training programme this
Recruitment is ongoing all the time, with a variety of careers
on offer, including the opportunity to join us as a volunteer.