Choosing to join the police is life changing. As the key focus of the role is to protect our local communities and keep them safe, the job can of course be challenging. But at the same time it’s also incredibly exciting, varied and rewarding.
The Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP) is one of four initial Police Constable entry routes in to policing approved by the College of Policing. It is an unaccredited two-year training programme, where you’ll start your training at Leicestershire Police Training Academy in Enderby.
The training includes learning on the job from our experienced colleagues; it gives a blend of practical on-the-job experience and classroom-based learning. Your initial training will be supported by our dedicated in-house training team followed by 12 weeks working operationally in uniform under the guidance of tutor in order to gain independent patrol status (IPS).
After 37 weeks you’ll reach independent patrol status and you’ll be allocated to a station for the remainder of your two-year programme where you will learn ‘on the job’. In Year 2 you will receive a further 5 weeks of classroom based learning designed to strengthen critical thinking and problem solving in the operational Policing arena. The program will culminate in summative assessments of your knowledge and operational learning and practice, leading to full operational competence and confirmation in rank. You’ll be fully supported and given everything you need to succeed.
Two police officers sat the front seat of a car, leaving a police station with blue lights flashing and siren on. 00:00:02 - 00:00:06 'I think anyone that says the first time they go out, they're not scared,'
PC Leigh Bond sat in a police station talking to camera. 00:00:06 - 00:00:10 'they're either a very brave individual or they're probably just not being completely true.'
PC Leigh Bond sat in the front seat of a police car talking. 00:00:10 - 00:00:18 'Still being treated as the person's trapped, so we're gonna have to do an evacuation, stuff like that, when we get there.'
PC Leigh Bond and colleague sat in a police vehicle making their way to an emergency 00:00:18 - 00:00:25 The moment you flick that blue light, you're putting yourself at risk and others at risk. You're mindful of that and you're thinking, 'I need to get there quick'
PC Leigh Bond sat in a police station talking to camera 00:00:25 - 00:00:29 'because I potentially might have to save someone's life.'
Before you fill in an application form, you need to check whether you meet the eligibility criteria for police constables.