Nothing beats a career here

Our Police Officers are our face and voice in the community. They’re on the ground, speaking to victims, preventing crime and making a real difference. They come from different walks of life but are united by the same goal – to keep communities safe.

We’re looking for people who reflect the communities we serve, people who can bring diversity of experience, people who are willing to protect our streets. It’s not always easy, some days will be tougher than others, but the sense of pride makes it worth every second. 

You won’t just be building better communities; you’ll be building a career that counts. From intelligence to armed policing, whatever your background, wherever you want to take your career, however you want to specialise, we’ll help you find your beat.

Meet Neelam who is one of our Sikh officers in the Community Engagement Unit, and Dylan who is a local policing officer, as they share their experience of joining Merseyside Police.

Have you got what it takes?

Starting a career in the police can be one of the best things you’ll ever do. Whilst it comes with many benefits and highs, it isn't the career for everyone, and it can be extremely challenging both physically and mentally and requires a specific set of skills. 

So, you’ll need to ask yourself a few important questions:

  • Are you more inclined to run towards danger instead of away from it?
  • Do you think you will be able to deal with complex, sensitive and upsetting situations and cases?
  • Can you think on your feet and be decisive?
  • Do you thrive on two days never being the same?
  • Do you have great people skills, remaining calm and patient with members of the public, particularly in stressful or volatile situations?
  • Can you handle traumatic situations and be able to communicate information sensitively?
  • Would you be able to give clear and accurate evidence in court?
  • Are you able to work shifts, nights and weekends? (including public holidays)
  • Can you be flexible about where you work, accepting that you might not work in your preferred location?

You’ll receive training and support throughout your career to help you manage the demands of policing, but it’s important to be sure that becoming a police officer is right for you.

Still unsure about whether it’s the role for you? Take this short quiz: Is policing right for me?

What are the benefits of working for Merseyside Police?

Merseyside Police is one of the best performing forces in the country and it takes a huge number of people from all sorts of different backgrounds with a wide range of skills and experience, to achieve that.

To learn more about what makes working in Merseyside special, visit this page:

Our student officer entry programmes – which option is right for you?

We currently offer a range of different entry routes which you might be interested in, these are tailored depending on your experience and level of education.

All entry routes operate on a ‘earn as you learn’ basis which means that you will be a paid police constable from your first day of training, gaining on-the-job experience whilst studying for your qualification. The force will also pay your tuition fees, so for you that means no academic fees and no student loans.

All academic learning will be provided by Liverpool John Moores University and Merseyside Police staff. You will be provided with student support processes such as coaching/mentoring, one to one meetings, development surgeries both within the classroom and work based phases of each programme to assist in your development

Take a look at our different options and decide which one is right for you:

Diversity, inclusion and support

To help make Merseyside Police representative of the communities we serve, we have a dedicated Inclusion team who provide support and guidance throughout the recruitment application process to candidates from underrepresented groups. You can learn more about the support available here.