Recruitment is now open with a number of entry routes.
You can earn while you learn and get a degree or diploma in the process, or you could take the Direct Entry Detective route if you prefer the idea of being a Detective from the start, rather than being a response or neighbourhood officer.
The Direct Entry Detective Constable Initial Police Learning & Development Programme (IPLDP+) for people who want to be a Detective Constable. This has a starting salary of £24,780 (increasing to a minimum of £27,030 after two years) The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships (PCDA) for people who do not have a degree. This has a starting salary of £21,654 (increasing to a minimum of £27,030 after three years) The Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) for people who do have a degree. This has a starting salary of £24,780 (increasing to a minimum of £27,030 after two years).
The recruitment campaign is part of the national Uplift scheme which was introduced by the Government to increase officer numbers nationally by 20,000.
West Yorkshire Police have currently recruited 624 officers through Uplift with 228 more needed.
Applications opened today and will close on Sunday 31st July and it is hoped the campaign will attract individuals from a range of backgrounds, age and experiences.
The force is reaching out to those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and women as part of the latest recruitment drive in a bid to better represent the communities we serve.
Chief Inspector John Toothill of West Yorkshire Police said: “It is a really exciting time to join the force and there are a number of ways you can apply. I have been a police officer for 19 years and have loved every minute, it is challenging but also very rewarding. There is so much variety in the job and you are supported every step of the way. You get a salary from the moment you start, and you can get a degree through the PCDA route, or a Diploma through the DHEP route, without any student debt!"
“There are a number of recruitment workshops should you need help and advice; you can find the information here”