A new recruitment scheme for graduates wanting to become police officers has opened this week.
The route will see graduates – who have already completed an undergraduate degree in any subject – join West Yorkshire Police on a two-year training programme, to focus on areas such as being a Detective, a Response Officer or becoming a specialist in Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
Trainee officers will study for a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice at Leeds Trinity, with training split between the West Yorkshire Police's training and development centre in Carr Gate, Wakefield and at Leeds Trinity University's campus in Horsforth.
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."
Graduates will be a police officer from day one; they will receive a starting salary of £24,167 throughout their training, with the salary increasing to £26,371 once the two-year training is completed.
Angela Williams, Assistant Chief Constable at West Yorkshire Police, 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.
If you don't have a degree, you can still apply to be a police officer. In September 2019, West Yorkshire Police opened recruitment for a three-year Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, in partnership with Leeds Trinity.
Recruitment for both routes is now open. The deadline for the degree-entry route is open until Monday 20 January 2020. Find out more on the West Yorkshire Police website.