Graduate recruitment scheme now open to join West Yorkshire Police
2nd December 2019
A new graduate scheme for those wanting to kick-start their career in policing is set to open next week.
The route will see graduates joining West Yorkshire Police on a two-year training programme, where you can focus on areas such as being a Detective, a Response Officer or becoming a specialist in our Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
You will be a police officer from day one, with training split between the Force's training and development centre in Carr Gate, Wakefield and at Leeds Trinity University's Horsforth campus.
Graduates will be paid a starting salary of £24,167 throughout their training, with the salary increasing to £26,371 once the training is completed.
Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said: "This is the first time we are recruiting on the new scheme for graduates, and it is an exciting time to train and develop your career following your degree.
"Being a police officer gives you some of the proudest days of your life. A career at West Yorkshire Police will open up so many opportunities to you, and there are countless opportunities to develop and widen your skills.
"If this is your first step towards a policing career - whether you are straight out of university or at a later stage in your life - this is the perfect time to join the police and to earn while you embark on a new career.
"We continue to work hard to increase our diversity within the Force and our recent recruitment campaigns have seen us attract a diverse group of student officers. We are continuing to look for those who can make a real difference in West Yorkshire and become positive role models; representing all communities and cultures across the county."
In order to apply, you need to have an Honours degree of any level in any subject and be able to pass a job-related fitness test.
At the end of the two-year course, graduates will also be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.
Recruitment opens on 2 December and you can find more information on the West Yorkshire Police website here.
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), said: "Continued recruitment into the police service is vital and something which I have always championed, particularly with the support of our communities through investment raised through the local police precept which has been a clear message in recent years.
"Policing is a very rewarding career and this is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to pursue a challenging and varied role. Successful candidates will also finish the training with a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice which comes into being next year as part of a national qualification framework.
"If you're looking for a job that makes a real difference to people's lives, that you can take pride in and be challenged by, then I would encourage you to visit West Yorkshire Police's website for further information about how to apply and what it entails."
Professor Margaret A House OBE, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: "As a University committed to employability in the region, we are delighted to offer this new graduate route into Policing.
"We are proud to be working with West Yorkshire Police on this new qualification, the Graduate Diploma, which will equip new officers with the skills and understanding required for a successful career in the Force."
West Yorkshire Police is an equal opportunities employer and our aim is to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are committed to building a team that reflects a wide variety of skills, perspectives and backgrounds and encourage applications regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, aged, sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability.
We hire solely on merit and the job will always go to the right candidate. If you require reasonable adjustments in any recruitment process with us, please let us know.