Students and school leavers

Spark a lifelong ambition

It’s never too early to start thinking about a career with the police force. We enjoy working with local schools, colleges and universities to provide advice on career opportunities with Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Career talks

There’s a lot on offer at Hertfordshire Constabulary, and where operational priorities allow, we will endeavour to visit colleges and universities, to tell young people about what we do, how we operate, and how they can join us.

We bring along officers from different sections of the force, to talk about their areas of expertise and to answer questions. We also provide information on different careers within the police, and provide application advice.

To request a presentation at your college contact

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Public Service courses

We work closely with a number of local colleges, supporting full-time public service courses and part-time access courses. These courses help people prepare to join the force, as well as generally providing more information on the public service sector. When it comes to educating students, Herts Police has a lot to teach.

For more information on the Public Service course, contact the colleges below for more details:

Oaklands College is situated in St Albans, Borehamwood and Welwyn Garden City.
North Hertfordshire College in Stevenage and Hitchin.
West Herts College in Watford and Hemel Hempstead.
Hertford Regional College is based in Ware and Broxbourne.

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Work experience

It may be possible to organise work experience on a local basis, and you should contact your local officer to find out if this is feasible. You can find your local officer via our main police website:

We have to prioritise our operational duties, and if work experience or work shadowing is possible, this needs to be decided at a local level.

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer any work experience opportunities, attachments, placements or shadowing within Scientific Services. This decision has been made out of necessity, by the senior management team. As you can imagine, we get an incredibly high number of requests, based on the current level of media attention given to forensics. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to be able to meet the demand for this type of request.

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We regularly recruit school leavers to apprenticeship positions within Hertfordshire Constabulary. Apprenticeships are a great way of getting young people into first time employment and are aimed primarily at those aged 16-19 years old. The Apprenticeship Scheme we run is for a one year fixed term contract and we pay national minimum wage rates. There is no guarantee of a job at the end of the Apprenticeship, however, on average, 75% of our apprentices have gained a permanent position within Hertfordshire Constabulary. You will be expected to complete an NVQ Level 2 qualification with North Herts College during your Apprenticeship. Upon successful completion of the NVQ and with a minimum satisfactory performance within the workplace, apprentices will become eligible to apply for a £500 taxable bonus. All vacancies will be advertised on the apply now page.

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You can get more out of university/college/school life by spending your free time doing some extraordinary volunteer work. If you are over 18, you could apply to the role of Special Constable or Police Community Volunteer. As well as making Hertfordshire a better place to live, you’ll learn new skills to make yourself an fantastic applicant when you enter the job market. More than that, if you volunteer as a Special Constable, you’ll carry out real police work, as well as exercising the same power as our regular officers. See our Special Constable and Police Community Volunteer pages for more details on the roles and how to apply.

If you are under 18, you may consider volunteering in your local community and can find opportunities at your local Volunteer Centre or at For sporting volunteering opportunities in Hertfordshire, you can find details at  For volunteering opportunities in Scouting in Hertfordshire, you can find details at

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Police cadets

If you interested in police work, aged between 14 and 18, interested in a varied role where you can develop a range of skills and help your local community, consider applying for the Hertfordshire Police Cadet Volunteer Scheme. Full details here.

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