Police Officer - Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

Police Officer
Police Constable
£26,780 (which includes a £2,000 South East living allowance)
Full Time

What you can expect from the DHEP 

From day one of your training you are a warranted officer and on successful completion of the programme and your probation, you will be awarded a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.  

A two-year entry route into policing for degree-holders; combining on-the-job practical learning and operational competence with academic learning.

Year One: a blended learning programme delivered by TVP and Bucks New University with initial learning based at TVP’s Training College in Sulhamstead, Reading. You will then join your designated Local Policing Area (LPA) for a period of operational tutoring leading to Independent Patrol Status. In year one operational training will include officer safety training, making an arrest and how to conduct a stop and search, amongst other things. You will also be required to complete seven academic assignments*. Four of these are completed during the initial learning phase, the remaining three are to be completed whilst operationally deployed during assigned periods of Protected Learning Time**.

Year Two: builds on the first year of learning but with more operational focus including response, investigation, intelligence, community policing and roads policing. You will work towards Full Operational Competence and successful completion of the academic elements of the Graduate Diploma.  In year two you will be required to complete four academic assignments* whilst operationally deployed during assigned periods of Protected Learning Time**. 

 *Academic assignments are typically made up of the following: Coursework (essays / reports / portfolios), presentations / posters and time constrained examination / set exercises.

 **There is sufficient protected learning time (PLT) built into all the PCDA/DHEP programmes throughout the 2 or 3 years in order to successfully complete the course and achieve the relevant qualification. Part of this PLT is reserved for learning (off the job training) to be delivered to the student and part is reserved as independent study time to assist in the completion of the academic assignments.  However, students may choose to spend additional time on training outside of these allocated hours.


Starting salary of £26,780 (inclusive of a £2,000 South-East living allowance).


Application Process

Typically the process from initial application through to start date can take six to nine months

  • Self-assessment form – all potential applicants must self-assess their eligibility prior to applying
  • Application including proof of eligibility (e.g. educational certificates, compliance with residency, tattoo policy etc.)
  • Assessment Centre
  • Interview
  • Provisional Offer
  • Pre-employment checks including fitness test, medical, references and vetting
  • Formal Offer including written confirmation of posting, salary and start date

Eligibility – to apply for a role as a Police Officer via the DHEP you must: 

  • Age - be at least 17 years of age.
  • Citizenship - be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom
  • Education must have a minimum of a UK bachelor’s degree qualification or equivalent (or be in the final year of study).  Official results would be required before an offer of appointment is made.
  • Drivers Licence - have a full manual UK or EEA driving licence before receiving a formal offer of appointment.
  • Criminal Record - not have served any period of imprisonment or youth detention. If you have a criminal record or conviction, it may lead to your application being rejected.  We will take into account factors including the date and nature of the offence, plus evidence of good character since the offence.
  • Health - be in good health and able to physically and mentally perform the duties of a Police Officer once appointed. By provisional offer of employment applicants must have a BMI between 18-30.
  • Personal - not have any piercings or tattoos which could cause offence.
  • Previous application - not have applied unsuccessfully for the role of Police Officer to any Home Office Force within the past six months.
  • Location - live within 20 crow miles of two of our main police stations by formal offer of appointment.  Consideration may be given to those living within 20 miles of one police station and up to 30 miles of another.  A degree of flexibility is expected in terms of postings as we may be forced to post to locations within policy parameters if organisational need dictates this..
  • TVP applicants – those currently working as a PCSO, Detention Officer or a Contact Management Call Handler must have been in their role for 12 months before applying.

This recruitment window will close on Monday 13 September 2021 at 23:55


Police Officers and Police Staff have access to a fantastic range of benefits, dependant on role, location and length of service. To view a full list of our benefits please click here


All posts require a level of Police Vetting as per the National Vetting Code of Practice. The residency requirement is necessary to enable all applicants to be checked in an equitable manner. Thames Valley Police will allow applicants to apply who do not necessarily reach the criteria as long as they have proven UK residency and supporting evidence where necessary. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

At Thames Valley Police, we are committed to better reflect the communities that we serve.  We encourage applications from our under represented communities including all ethnic or religious backgrounds, LGBTQ+, women and those with disabilities.  

Within our organisation we have a number of active staff support networks.  We are proud to be a ‘Disability Confident’ Level 2 ‘Employer’ that is supported by RAMP – our dedicated reasonable adjustments process.   For more information, please visit our ‘Supporting You’ page on our website, www.tvpcareers.co.uk/supporting-you.

We are also proud to have a Positive Action and Engagement team who can provide support and guidance to anyone from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic background throughout the Police Officer recruitment process as well as advise on career development and progression.  They can be contacted via: positiveactionteam@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk  

Click here to read more about our commitment to valuing difference.

This opportunity is closed to applications.