If you want to join the ranks of Merseyside’s police officers and already have a degree, then the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) is the route for you. Based on a curriculum from the College of Policing’s new PEQF framework, this intensive two-year course combines study with patrol work alongside frontline officers. Run in conjunction with John Moores University, the DHEP leads to a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.

New recruits are assigned to one of our training policing department where you will be appointed a Tutor Constable, who will chart your progress as they alternate between periods of study and full operational duties, putting theory into practice.

Once fully trained, all successful officers will be well qualified, both academically and operationally to work within the modern policing environment.

This is an exciting and challenging way to train as a police officer, offering job security, a starting salary of £24,780, and university fees paid by Merseyside Police.

Method of Study

This course will be delivered by Subject Matter Experts and experienced practitioners with a wealth of professional and subject expertise supported by a network of relevant subject specialists to prepare you with key transferable skills required for the role of Police Constable. 

Your learning will be a mixture of face to face, remote and digital learning inputs with access to both Merseyside Police and Liverpool John Moores University learning platforms. Such inputs will be delivered via a mixture of attendance at Academy premises at Mather Avenue, in the workplace at your designated operational police station or upon occasion by studying from home.

In choosing to partner with LJMU on this important work, Merseyside Police will be drawing on the expertise of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPS), established by LJMU in 2015. This centre has prospered since its inception and is now one of the largest policing centres in the UK. LCAPS contains a wealth of professional, practical and academic experience, situated in the heart of the city. LCAPS uses this experience to conduct research, for example, staff just completed an evaluation of fast track detective recruitment schemes on behalf of the National Police Chiefs’ Council ongoing review of detective recruitment and retention. The centre also has a number of experienced and high profile former senior police officers from Merseyside Police, Cheshire Constabulary and Lancashire Constabulary who assist with training clients such as the International Cricket Council and the Royal Military Police.

  • We are proud to offer a competitive starting salary of £24,780 which will rise to £41,130 after a period of 7 years
  • Annual leave entitlement is 22 days per year rising to 30 days depending on length of service
  • Range of Sports Clubs
  • On site gym facilities
  • Wellbeing and mindfulness sessions
  • Blue Light Card Discount
  • Member of the police pension scheme
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Career Progression

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.

  • To apply you must, already have a degree in any subject of any grade.
  • Be over the age of 17 to apply – although we will be happy to take your application, you will not be offered an intake date which starts prior to your 18thbirthday so please bear this in mind when applying as this could make your application process quite extended.
  • Have not had a Police Officer application rejected by ourselves, or another Force in the last 3 months
  • Not be a member of an extreme political organisation such as BNP, Nation Front or Combat 18
  • Not have any tattoos (irrespective of what they are) on the hands, face or neck that are visible above the collar line or below the cuff line
  • Not have any tattoos that may be deemed inappropriate, offensive, or lewd in nature irrespective of placement on the body
  • Not have any charge or summons currently outstanding against you
  • Have not been sentenced to a custodial sentence
  • Not been registered as a sex offender
  • Not be currently registered as bankrupt

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
  1. Successful candidates will be invited to interview
  2. Pre employment checks are then completed which consist of:
  • Sickness absence
  • Fitness
  • Medical
  • Vetting
  • Biometric
  1. Final reference checks for any successful candidates once offers are made


Please note: Our Police Officer DHEP programme is currently closed.