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Policing here in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is a genuinely rewarding experience – not just for the satisfaction you get from helping make the diverse community safer for everybody, but for the pay and benefits you’ll receive too.
The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) enables driven and talented people to get a degree in policing while working and earning a full time salary starting at £18,450. This will rise to £24,172 in year two and £25,270 in year three.
Within 7 years, if you remain at the rank of police constable you can expect a salary of £40,123.
All new entrants to the police service automatically join the new Police Pension Scheme - CARE 2015 Scheme (Career Average Revalued Earnings).
Although membership of the scheme is automatic it is not compulsory and you can elect to opt out at any time. The amount of contribution you pay depends upon the level of your pensionable earnings.
The employee and employer contributions are set out below:
Annualised Rate of Pensionable Earnings
Member Contribution Rates
Employer Contribution Rates
£27,000 or less
£27,000 - £60,000
For part-time officers, the contribution is determined by their whole time equivalent salary. Under the CARE Scheme you will have access to your pension at any time after the age of 55 years and to take immediate payment of your pension; if you decide to retire with immediate payment of your pension after age 55 and before age 60, your 2015 scheme benefits will have an early retirement reduction.
Pension contributions made during previous employment may be transferred to the police pension scheme. However, due to the relatively high contributions made to the scheme, payments to other schemes may not equate to the same period in police service terms.
Compulsory retirement ages for police officers are specified in police pensions regulations. The ranks of constable to chief inspector are required to retire on reaching the age of 60 and for superintendents and above, the age of 65 years. These compulsory retirement ages can be extended at the discretion of the chief constable on an annual basis. Extensions of service beyond these ages can also be applied for following the local procedure.
The Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has produced full guidance on the changes to pension allowances. These guides can be found on the Gov.uk website.
After your two year training period you can apply for flexible working arrangements.
However, each case is looked at individually and on its own merits. We will consider all requests and will try to accommodate them provided they fit with the operational demands of the organisation.
We expect you to be flexible and we strive to be a flexible employer. This does mean that you can't suddenly stop and go home in the middle of a suspect interview or while taking a victim statement just because you're scheduled shift has ended. The good news is that you'll be advised of your shifts a year in advance, allowing you to plan your work-life balance accordingly.