We’re looking for new police officers to join the force

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Ever dreamed about being a dog handler, firearms officer or detective? Now is your chance.

Recruitment has opened for the third time in two years to join Sussex Police as a police officer. Being a police officer is a unique job making a real difference to people’s lives on a daily basis. It offers the chance to specialise in many areas including working in public protection or specialist investigations.


Deputy Chief Constable Laurence Taylor believes recruiting to high standard and the best talent means attracting candidates from all communities.

He said: “I have found being a police officer an incredibly rewarding job and am proud of the difference Sussex Police makes to people’s lives when they need us most. I would encourage you to consider a career with us.

“Policing is a fantastic career which is varied and rewarding. Ensuring we have a police force which truly represents our communities is essential and will mean we continue to keep our communities safe. By joining our team of highly motivated people, the new recruits will focus on protecting those who are vulnerable and catching those who commit crimes.”

Commenting on the recruitment drive, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, said:  “I have always maintained that protecting neighbourhood policing is a top priority because it matters so much to local people. It’s about keeping the community in policing and the police in the community and providing a reassuring police presence. These new officers will be a welcome addition in helping to keep us all safe.”

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 recruitment@sussex.pnn.police.uk

Find out about why becoming a police officer 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 licence and/or two more motoring offences within the last three years prior to application
  • have a driving license before appointment but not necessary at application

The application window for the role opens on Monday, 12th February and will remain open, 24 hours a day, until midnight Monday 5th March. 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.

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