One Team – Different Roles

Which route is right for me?


Applications are open and close on Friday 6th August 2021.

Applying to become a Police Officer is an exciting time in anyone’s career. For this Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) recruitment campaign we are opening applications for both Uniformed and Detective Entry positions. You can only apply for one entry route so…

How do you choose which route to apply for?

Firstly, you need to take a look at the dedicated information pages for Police Officer Degree Holder Entry Programme and the Detective Entry Programme. On these pages you will find out about the entry routes and can hear from some of our current officers about why they love what they do.

If you choose to apply for the Uniformed Officer route it does not mean that you cannot choose to become a detective further into your career. You will have the opportunity to make applications to all specialisms when you have successfully completed the training.

Check out our latest blog posts featuring films of our Uniformed Officers and Detectives explaining more about the departments they work in.

Applying to become a Police Officer? Watch Jane’s Top Tips – Lancashire Constabulary

One Team Different Roles… which will you choose? – Lancashire Constabulary

Thinking about becoming a Police Officer? – Lancashire Constabulary


Important update about the Application Form

Our Assistant Chief Constable, Sam Mackenzie offers advice to those completing the application form and offers information particularly around the skills we are looking for to evidence in your application.

To assist you with the first question on the application form, a minority community is currently defined as;

  • Those which originate from Africa, the Caribbean, China, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and all Indian Subcontinent countries, and/or
  • Those representing people with a disability (including mental ill health), and/or
  • LGBTQ+

In order to be an effective officer, we have to be sure you can police within and on behalf of all our communities. This is not a new thing; it is a fundamental part of our history and the principles on which policing is built. Our communities have changed over time and our workforce must reflect this change so we ask all our future officers to demonstrate how they have supported people from a minority community to overcome a challenge in their application form.


What does this mean for me?

You’ll be asked to evidence this in the first question on the form, so you need to think carefully to make sure you do this question real justice. Tell us about who you have supported, what the challenges were, what you personally did to help them overcome these challenges and what happened because of your interactions.

Being able to communicate with diverse communities and groups is important, so if you have a second language please tell us that and explain how you have used this to help others. This is not essential but we would like to know if you have these skills. You may be fluent in British Sign Language for example, tell us about that as well. We want to know what you can offer us and all our communities. Please give us a specific example. This needs to be something that isn’t a ‘one-off’ but something that you have done over time or with several people. This reflects our commitment to ensuring that our workforce is representative of the communities we serve and has the capabilities to deliver outstanding service to all our communities.

We really do want the best candidates to join us and you may now think, ‘This isn’t me; I haven’t got this experience.” If so, don’t be disheartened. You can gain this experience by looking at volunteering or signing up to be a Special Constable, for example. There is plenty of information on our website about how you can do this.

Becoming a police officer is a huge decision and one that will hopefully see you progress through a career that will span over 30 years. If it takes a little longer to join us, please don’t worry. Instead, get the experience we need you to have and come back. If you are ready to apply and can evidence what we are looking for then Good Luck with your application.
If you are not ready but are focused on becoming a police officer in the future, then we hope to see you again in the future.


What is the difference between the roles?

Essentially every officer works to our same core purpose – to keep people safe and feeling safe and, when needed, we can be trusted to consistently deliver a competent and compassionate service 24/7.

For the first year of training there is no difference between the roles. Everyone will be in uniform, training together, learning everything you need to know to gain Independent Patrol Status and how to be a Police Officer. In the second year of training, Uniformed officers will go on to learn a number of specialist tactics specific to uniformed policing and those on the Detective Entry Programme will change focus and become Trainee Investigators.

Upon successful completion of the training;

Uniformed officers will have the opportunity to choose to specialise in one of the five core areas of policing: Immediate Response, Community and Neighbourhood, Road / Traffic, Intelligence or Investigation (Detective).

Detective Entry officers will have the opportunity to work in departments including Child Protection, Safeguarding, Intelligence, MOSOVO (Management of Sexual or Violent Offenders), or Proactive – where detectives work in plain clothes investigating serious and complex crimes such as child exploitation, drugs supply, county lines and organised crime.

Take a look at our blog post featuring some of our Uniformed Officers and Detectives where they discuss what it is like to work in their chosen role.