We are a small and busy force that offers a lot of experience due to the wide range of crimes we see compared to our policing counterparts, which makes us unique. At Bedfordshire Police you are not just a number, you will develop with the close knit team that surrounds you and there will always be someone to support you through the ups and downs of policing.
Every day is different. Ask any of our officers why they like their job, and chances are, that’s the answer you’ll get. Policing is a career that delivers both personal satisfaction and the opportunity to make a real and visible difference within the community.
It’s a challenging 24/7 service and you will work a range of shifts, including nights, as we cover 365 days of the year. You may not always be there for Christmas, birthdays or holidays, but what you will get is the satisfaction of working in a job like no other.
The role of a police officer is critical in maintaining public safety and order and you will handle things most people never experience in their lives. Your mental, emotional and physical capabilities will be tested as you deal with difficult and, on occasion, violent individuals. At times you will be working alone on patrol and you will maintain a professional approach throughout, no matter what the situation.
You’ll be part of a unique organisation, working with inspiring colleagues who understand the risks and rewards of the job.
You’ll be highly trained and well-supported throughout your service as you help countless people through some of the most difficult situations they have faced, supporting victims and witnesses and providing reassurance in the community.
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.
You can read more about our force in the working with us section, you can also follow the link to learn more about the Code of Ethics (opens in new window) we stand by.
Routes into Policing
Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)
Three-year programme where student officers will gain a fully funded degree, with training delivered in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), whilst earning a full-time wage. Students will study and work as a police officer on response from Bedford or Luton. Applicants need two A levels or the equivalent to 64 UCAS points. We will also accept applications from people who have spent two years in other public service roles. Find out more about the entry requirements on our new routes into policing page.
Applications now open
Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)
The Degree Holder Entry Programme is for those who already hold a degree in any subject area. This is a two-year academic and practice based programme with our education partner, ARU. This route will see you achieve a Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.
On successful completion, students will be a fully ranked officer and can apply to work in different departments within the force. Find out more about this route on our new routes into policing page.
Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP)
A two-year programme where student officers will gain hands on policing experience whilst studying towards their NVQ in Policing. Applicants do not need any qualifications but need to show a good understanding of English and Maths and a passion to help people in need and want to make Bedfordshire a safer place for all. The course will see successful students gain an NVQ in policing.
Follow the below links to find out more about the police officer role and application process