Could You Be A Police Constable?

Tuesday 11th July 2017

eastbourne buzz news - Sussex Police Recruitment

Sussex Police has opened appliactions for new police constables.

Being a Police Constable is a unique job making a real difference to people’s lives on a daily basis. It offers areas to specialise in such as: becoming a detective, a firearms officer, a dog handler, working in public protection or specialist investigations.

Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O’Reilly said, “When you become a Police Officer you will be helping to make Sussex a safer place to live and work from day one. It’s well known that organisations with a diverse workforce perform better; your career in the police force will form a vital role in representing all the communities we serve.

“If I could turn the clocks back 29 years I would join Policing again in a heartbeat. I have the pleasure of working alongside some fantastic colleagues across Sussex Police – you could soon be one of them.”

While the force wide savings continue in order to achieve Sussex Police’s vision for 2020, the increase in the police precept, has provided investment in two of the force priority areas; protecting vulnerable people and increasing our digital forensic capability. This drive is aimed at attracting more enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join this dynamic workforce.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said, "This is an opportunity to join a police force that is recognised as innovative and forward-thinking. Sussex Police takes advantage of new technology to improve how it protects the most vulnerable and catches criminals within an exciting county that is rich in culture.

"It’s vital that Sussex Police reflects the communities that it protects and I hope that we see a record number of applicants from under-represented groups as I know the force has been taking a number of steps in recent months to reach all the communities within our county."

The application window for police constables will remain open, 24 hours a day, until midnight Monday 31 July. Applicants will not be at any disadvantage if they apply towards the end of the window, as long as their application is received by the deadline.

Applicants who may have any questions about the process should look at the comprehensive FAQs. If a question is not covered then applicants can email

Click here to find out about why becoming a police constable might be the job for you.

Eligibility Criteria:
To apply for the role of police constable, you will need to:

  • Be aged 18 years or over (on the day you submit your application)
  • Have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application
  • Have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period
  • Have achieved a standard of education equivalent to Level 3 or above
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other relevant organisations, such as Combat 18 or The National Front
  • Not have tattoos which could cause offence
  • Have no more than six penalty points on your driving license and/or two more motoring offences within the ast three years prior to application
  • Have a driving license before appointment but not necessary at application


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