One of our routes into policing will see student officers gain a degree in policing with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) whilst earning a full time wage and working in our response policing teams to learn value on the job skills.
The College of Policing recognised that police officers are learning at a degree level through the current routes and wanted to implement a training programme to give successful student officers a recognised qualification.
In 2021 new officers will follow the degree apprenticeship route. This route still involves on the job officer training but with the additional benefit of gaining a fully funded degree, in partnership with Anglia Ruskin. It also gives candidates the unique opportunity to earn whilst working towards, and gaining, a degree.
This is a three-year professional degree apprenticeship where student officers will earn a full-time wage whilst studying with support from ARU. Upon completion, successful candidates will achieve a degree in Professional Policing Practice. The force will cover the full cost of the three-year degree.
This route is available for applicants that have GCSEs in maths and english as well as two A levels or qualifications that equate to 64 UCAS points. If you do not have the A levels required you can also apply with work experience from a number of different sectors.
On successful completion, students will be a fully ranked officer and can apply to work in different departments within the force.
Visit our new routes into policing page for more information about the entry requirements and what you will gain from this route.
Bedfordshire has a complex mix of volume crime, serious crimes, drugs, gangs and terrorism threats. Every day our officers meet threats, harm and risks like those in large cities and protecting vulnerable people is our primary focus. The force has the highest number of organised crime groups in the region per head of population and with that comes significant demand from drugs and violent crime.
Despite our relatively small size, we lead joint protective services - Armed Policing, Dogs, Roads Policing, Major Crime - for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, and are the lead force for the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit – a co-ordinated approach from the seven forces to tackle serious and organised crime, and terrorism. Joining Bedfordshire Police gives you both collaborative and regional opportunities in specialised roles.
We employ 1,277 officers, including in tri-force collaborated units, 48 PCSOs and over 151 special constables that volunteer with us. We also employ 1,046 police staff and have support from multiple watch scheme groups, PSV volunteers and 78 police cadets.
In 2008 we began working collaboratively with neighbouring forces and have strong relationships with Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The collaboration we have is one of the most impressive, effective and sustained in policing.
The strategic alliance has produced extensive achievements in the collaboration of operational and organisational departments.
This programme of change is about both delivering savings and creating a structure that is sustainable and supportive of local policing in each of the three counties, regardless of local difference. It is incredibly important to us all and delivers resilience and capabilities that wouldn’t be recognised on a standalone basis.
We work cohesively as a region and the role that the force plays in such collaboration displays the nature and scale of the criminality we face in Bedfordshire and its impact on our communities.
Everyone at Bedfordshire Constabulary takes personal responsibility to help create an inclusive workplace, where police officers and staff respect one another, feel valued for their differences and can be themselves. We are committed to providing reasonable adjustments, wherever needed so everyone feels welcome and can flourish.