Could you be the difference that Lancashire Constabulary is looking for?

Could you be the difference that Lancashire Constabulary is looking for?

by Danielle Thompson (August 2022)

DO you have what it takes to work with the force?

Applications to earn while you learn with Lancashire Police have gone live this week - and you ‘might be surprised to discover how well you fit the bill for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme.’

You may not have considered a career as an officer before and think you’re not suited to the stereotypical perception of what the county’s officers do. However, if you’re a good communicator and co-ordinator with a caring nature, you have already ticked three of the main boxes to meet Lancashire Constabulary’s criteria.

Plus, the police officer application form is no longer a full competency-based question style, and only basic personal information is now required. Therefore it should only take around 10 minutes to apply for a role that could change your life and allow you to change the lives of others.

As an officer for Lancashire Police you will make a difference every day by protecting the public and the most vulnerable and helping to put criminals behind bars. You will also be fully supported to complete a paid-for BSc Degree in Professional Policing Practice, whilst training on the job.

PC Steph Burrows began her policing career as a 16-year-old cadet, whilst studying for an NVQ in Public Services. She became a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) at 18 before applying for the PCDA in her early 20s. She said: “Starting at a new station as a police officer was a little daunting, but I could not have been made to feel more welcome. Learning to write for a degree level qualification was something totally new to me, however the support from my tutors is there and I am looking forward to achieving my degree.”

This is the last chance to join the PCDA entry route as part of the national police uplift programme to recruit 20,000 officers by 2023, and Lancashire’s Chief Constable Chris Rowley has urged people from all walks of life to consider applying: “At Lancashire Police we are committed to delivering a first-class service to our communities and putting victims at the heart of everything we do. The PCDA is for people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures who want to make a difference by working for one of the highest performing, most diverse and inclusive forces in the country.”

The starting salary for the PCDA, run in conjunction with UCLan, is £26,682 with annual pay rises and university fees paid by the constabulary. Recruits need level 2 qualifications in English and Maths and a level 3 qualification.

Applications run until Thursday, August 11. Find out more at

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