Police Officer Graduate Programme (Professional Policing Degree Only) – Inner London, Manchester, Birmingham & Leeds

B Division, C Division
Birmingham New Street, Greater London Area, Leeds, Manchester Piccadilly
Police Constable (PC)
Full Time

This is an exciting new entry route to become a Police Officer aimed at individuals who already have or are in the final year of studying for an undergraduate degree in Professional Policing. Please note that this specific programme is only currently targeted at individuals who have attained/ are working towards a professional policing degree (other degrees will not be considered). Successful applicants will undergo a shortened 13-week training programme as opposed to the standard 18 week training programme delivered to probationary police officers. We do expect you to have some pre-existing educational knowledge which will be tested at an early stage to understand your level of theoretical and practical knowledge, You’ll play a crucial role on the frontline, where you will provide a professional service in an environment like no other. 

We’re recruiting now, apply today. 

In addition to the satisfaction of making a real difference in people's lives, the British Transport Police offers one of the highest starting salaries for PC across England & Wales, an attractive benefits package, the scope to work nationally and unparalleled professional development. Embrace the challenge, seize the opportunity, and be part of an organisation that truly embodies the values of integrity, professionalism, and public service.

As a police officer with the British Transport Police, you'll play a vital role in protecting and ensuring the safety and well-being of millions of passengers, staff, and the wider public. Internally we offer a supportive and inclusive working environment, where diversity is celebrated, and individual contributions are valued.

This role offers variety like no other; you will cover all areas from serious and organised crimes to graffiti and theft. Whether it’s patrolling, responding to an emergency, investigating criminal activity, gathering intelligence or reassuring members of the public - you'll be part of a close-knit team who share your dedication to upholding the law, preventing crime, and delivering exceptional service to the public. 

Join our ranks and benefit from comprehensive training programs, continuous learning, and the opportunities to specialise in areas such as Counter-terrorism, CID, or County Lines; to name just a few. Being a specialist police force, progression and specialising is not just a possibility it's our priority

So join the British Transport Police today and embark on a rewarding career that keeps the nation moving safely.


Points worth noting before you start your application:

  • The starting salary for a Police Officer within Inner London is £29,751 per annum. Locations within Inner London attract a regional allowance to reflect the increased cost of living. This includes: £7,224 for Inner London (£4338 London Allowance plus £2,886 London Weighting Allowance) from day 1 of training.
  • You can apply to us even if you have a live application with another police force, but it’s worth noting that you cannot transfer your existing SEARCH assessment score. 
  • We now offer a blended learning programme where a proportion of the training will be home learning and delivered remotely.


What skills do you need to apply and why would you apply?

We will expect pre-existing knowledge developed from your professional policing degree. A knowledge check will be carried out and will form part of your application process. Further theoretical and practical checks will be carried out during your training with BTP. Please find attached relevant pre knowledge and legislation you will be expected to demonstrate at your stage two assessment centre. 

As one of our Police Officers, you’ll need to love variety and to not shy away from what can sometimes be difficult situations. You’ll need to be a natural communicator who is able to build instant rapport with people from all walks of life. As an officer, you’ll need to be diplomatic in your approach and able to remain calm under pressure, and you will need to be able to make decisions quickly and effectively.

We know this isn’t an easy job and the hours can be unsocial but there are few other careers that are as interesting and fulfilling. There will be some situations that will test you mentally, physically and emotionally but you can be safe in the knowledge you are making a difference and you will have the support you need from us. There will be a mixture of shifts (days, nights, weekends) but no two days will ever be the same. You will be able to develop your skills and have support all the way through your policing journey with us.

We have put together a document that describes a typical week in the life of one of our PC’s so please have a read - attached. 

Pay and Benefits:

  • The basic starting salary is £29,751 rising year-on-year to a maximum of £46,044 per annum after 5 years.
  • Locations within Inner London attract a regional allowance to reflect the increased cost of living. This includes: £7,224 for Inner London (£4338 London Allowance plus £2,886 London Weighting Allowance) from day 1 of training.
  • Oyster card to use at any time.
  • Voucher and incentive schemes such as cycle-to-work as well as a wide range of high street and online discounts.
  • Always learning; supported by our in-house talent & development teams.
  • A highly competitive pension scheme (Career Average Revalued Earnings).
  • 22 days holiday (rising to 30 days with service).


At the moment, we are looking for Police Officers within B Division: Inner London and C Division: Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds 

Inner London Locations include: Kings Cross, Euston, Clapham Junction and Stratford amongst many others.  You are unable to specify a particular Inner London location, but your posting will be considered in alignment to where you live.

Unfortunately, if the posting location you wish to apply for is not listed above, that means we are not currently looking to recruit officers to that area at the moment.  That doesn’t mean we won’t be soon, it just means right now, we are having to recruit for other areas first. To avoid disappointment, we ask you to please only apply to this campaign if the locations listed above are suitable for you.

We do need to let you know that you aren’t able to change or transfer your posting throughout the recruitment process or during your 2-year probation period for any reason.  Therefore, we encourage you to carefully consider the impact of working in a particular location. We understand things change and it is alright if you no longer feel the posting is suitable for you but your application will be withdrawn if this happens. You will always be welcome to re-apply when your preferred posting is advertised. 

Application process and eligibility:

Applying is easy! Simply click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom left of this page and you will be taken through the process.  All applications must be completed online via this method. You need to answer all the questions asked as unfortunately if any parts are unanswered, your application will be declined from the process. 

We do need to let you know that you will not be eligible to apply if:

  • You have been unsuccessful following a BTP Police Officer interview in the last 6 months.
  • You have been unsuccessful following BTP vetting checks within the last 12 months. 
  • You have ever received a custodial sentence (other cautions, convictions and involvement with the police must be declared during the vetting process but are not necessarily a bar to employment).
  • You have previously been dismissed from another force.
  • You have been declared bankrupt, have a CCJ or an un-managed IVA.
  • You have tattoos of any kind on your face or neck.

For further information on our eligibility criteria and more information regarding the role please CLICK HERE . If you are unsure about your personal circumstances relating to the above criteria, please don’t hesitate to email our recruitment team who will be happy to help you: RecruitmentTeam@btp.police.uk 

Please note this campaign is for new recruits only, we do not allow for transferees as part of this campaign. Should you wish to apply to BTP via the transferee route, you will need to apply directly to a transferee advert once live.

The closing date for applications is 23:00 on Sunday 31st March 2024. We are unable be able to accept applications after this time for any reason, including technical errors. To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to submit your application prior to this deadline. Following your application being completed and submitted, our team will then let you know if you have passed or failed the application form stage of the process via email and the next stages.

Please note, dates will be communicated out in due course for stage 1 and stage 2 assessment centres. 

Positive Action

At BTP we are proud guardians of the railway and it is crucial that we represent the diverse communities we serve and protect. As ‘One BTP’ across the UK, we know that diversity, inclusion and belonging help us improve our decision making, foster creativity and drive innovation so all our people can thrive.

Our vacancies are open to everyone and all appointments are made based on merit. So that we can become more diverse we encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, women, people who have a disability, those who are neurodiverse and persons who identify as LGBTQI+. We use positive action to encourage potential candidates from underrepresented groups through targeted workshops or advice sessions.  If you have the skills, experience and values that here in BTP we pride ourselves on then we would welcome you to apply.

For more information on Positive Action please click here or email the team on PART-Recruitment@btp.police.uk    

On a final note...

if you want to ask us any awkward or ‘obvious’ questions, if you are you unsure whether your personal circumstances are suitable for a career as a Police Constable but don’t know how to talk to us about it OR you have any questions about the application process, please email our friendly and helpful team where we will be happy to help you:  RecruitmentTeam@btp.police.uk. If your question related to equality or diversity then you can also contact our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team directly at: PART-Recruitment@btp.police.uk To reassure you, anything you ask us will be in the strictest confidence and will not form part of your application.

Join us on the journey and bring your professionalism, commitment and leadership skills on board

This opportunity is closed to applications.