Nothing beats a career here.

Our Police Constables 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

There’s never been a better time to join. We’re the nation’s best performing big city force with one of the highest starting salaries of £24,177. As of 2020, we’re making policing a graduate profession, so you’ll earn a degree or graduate diploma on the job.

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.

We are keen to increase our diversity and if you have a protected characteristic please visit our Positive Action team page

Being a police officer is one of the most challenging careers you can choose, being physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. Take the ‘is policing right for me’ quiz to find out whether you are suited to a role in the police.

Take the quiz.

To join Merseyside Police you will go through the following stages:

  1. Check Eligibility
  2. Application Form
  3. Candidates then go through to an online assessment which has -
    • Situational Judgement Test
    • Competency-based video interview
    • Written exercise and briefing exercise
  4. Successful candidates offered face to face interviews at HQ
  5. Medical and fitness test
  6. Pre-employment and vetting checks
  7. Decision
  8. Reference successful candidates once offers made

Before you decide to apply, it’s worth checking the basic eligibility criteria you need to fulfil. Take the quiz to see if you meet the entry requirements.

See if you're eligible.

We’re introducing new training for all our recruits. From 2020, you’ll earn a degree or graduate diploma through the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF), all while you’re earning and learning on the job. The PEQF won’t just prepare you for the job in hand, it’ll give you invaluable skills and externally-recognised qualifications that’ll help you beyond policing. This will play an important part in helping tackle a range of issues, specifically those in the modern age of digital investigations, cybercrime and counter terrorism.

There will be two new entry routes into Merseyside Police starting in 2020, with a third entry route available from 2022 for those who have completed a Degree in Professional Policing.

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Check out these great tips on how to write a good application.

Don't have a degree? Find out about the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

Have a degree? Find out about the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

Got a question about applying? Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.