The West Midlands is one of Europe’s most diverse and challenging policing environments, serving 2.8 million people in an area rich in diversity, with around 30 per cent of its population from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Our HQ is in Birmingham, which is the youngest city in Europe – with under-25s accounting for nearly 40% of the population. But it’s not all about the second city…we cover as far afield as Coventry and over to where the Black Country meets Staffordshire. We police six Premier League and Football League clubs and are preparing for major events such as Coventry City of Culture and Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. There’s a vibrant student scene with numerous universities and colleges across the region – and we have now partnered with Staffordshire University for our own student police officer training programme.
Whatever your background, take a look at a career with WMP. Neighbourhood policing continues to play a significant part in tackling issues and working in partnership with our local communities. Our frontline Response teams work in hubs across the force area. We have teams based across our patch to investigate crime and vulnerability, in our CID and Public Protection units. We have central Firearms, Roads Policing, Operations, Offender Management, Intelligence and Professional Standards departments and work in partnership with police colleagues in the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, the Central Motorway Police Group and the Regional Organised Crime Unit.
And there’s exciting times ahead as we move through an exciting programme of development and change. Our WMP2020 programme has already seen us implement new ways of responding and engaging with the public and is delivering technology that is modernising how we do business.
Technology such as smartphones, body worn cameras and our new mobile office solutions are allowing our officers to be more mobile yet still fully connected to systems, like never before. There’s still more to come as we move onto our 2025 programme– new ways of working and innovative technology remain at the forefront of our thinking.
Our values embody what we are, to join us you must have real passion for people and communities as well as the drive to work alongside local people, building relationships and making a difference in the West Midlands.
Life around here is diverse and fast-paced; careers are varied and demanding – but exciting too.
Internships & Placements
Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship If you enter via this route you will study for a funded degree level qualification in professional policing practice and your probation period will be three years.
School Leaver Programmes
Salary & Benefits
The salary for the first year of your apprenticeship is £21,525 and the degree holder route £22,550 – following this your pay is determined by the national pay scales, currently £24,177 in the second year rising to £25,269 in the third. You’ll also gain a fully funded qualification, plus there is a large variety of benefits, staff associations, social clubs and a generous pension to consider.
To be eligible for this route you will have achieved: Level 2 qualifications in both English and Maths for example a GCSE or iGCSE at grade C (level 4) or above, Functional Skills Level 2 and Key Skills Level 2 (Communication and / or Literacy) Level 3 qualifications in any subject(s) that equate to 64 UCAS points (or a full level 4 or 5 qualification) – these points could be from your A Levels, Level 3 Diplomas, NVQs and an International Baccalaureate to name a few.
How To Apply