Our Force Area

Dyfed-Powys Police safeguard people living, working and visiting the Counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys. It has a population of over 488,000, that is significantly boosted with tourists each year, and covers a land mass of over half of Wales.

The Force was formed in 1968 with the merger of the four County Constabularies. Geographically it is the largest police force in England and Wales, it has over 350 miles of coastline, many remote rural communities along with a number of relatively small centres of population that include Aberystwyth, Cardigan, Haverfordwest, Carmarthen and Brecon. The area stretches from St David’s in the West across to Crickhowell in the East, up to Welshpool and Machynlleth in the North.

Our vision is 'Safeguarding Communities Together' and our overall ethos is to tailor the service we provide, with our partner organisations, to the local needs of our communities.

Work activities

During your two year probationary period you will undertake the role of a uniformed officer on foot or in a patrol car. You will not be allowed to specialise until you successfully complete your probationary period and are deemed competent in the role.

You will have a number of tasks to complete and full training will be given, these will include:-

  • responding to calls for help from the public
  • investigating crimes and offences, and making arrests
  • interviewing witnesses and suspects, preparing crime reports and taking statements
  • searching for missing people
  • giving evidence in court
  • going out to accidents and fires
  • duties relating to custody
  • working at the station reception desk dealing with the public
  • two-way contact with officers on the beat from the communications room
  • policing large public events, concerts and demonstrations
  • You will need to do paperwork to support the tasks you have been given

Working hours and conditions

You would normally work 40 hours a week on a shift system, which include nights, weekends and public holidays. Overtime is sometimes available. You can also apply to work part-time, however this is not possible during your first 24 weeks training. If you do work part – time during your first two years your probationary period will be extended to reflect the reduction in hours.

You will spend much of your time outdoors on foot or in a patrol car. You will have some duties indoors, for example at the police station, the courts, or at private or business locations. However the priority is visible policing and engaging and responding to public needs.

Training and development

You will spend the first two years as a student police officer (or probationer). This period is part of an Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP), which is designed to fully equip you in the role of Police Constable . The programme covers many aspects, such as policing skills, legislation, investigative methods, community partnership working and many more.

You will be supported and developed throughout the probation period and your skills and knowledge would be continually assessed during this period. After successfully completing your probation, you would be awarded the rank of police constable.

After becoming a police constable, you could apply to specialise in a number of areas, for example:

  • CID, fraud or traffic
  • drugs or firearms
  • counter-terrorism
  • dog handling

There is an application process for specialist units and there is usually strong competition for places.

Skills, interests and qualities

To become a police officer you will need to have:

  • honesty, confidence, social awareness and a responsible attitude
  • the ability to assess a situation, react quickly and take positive action
  • resilience
  • the ability to remain calm in sometimes life-threatening situations
  • the ability to work alone and in a team
  • strong communication skills
  • courage, initiative and common sense
  • good fitness levels
  • good literacy skills
  • a firm but tactful approach
  • the ability to show tolerance and courtesy to the public
  • self-discipline
  • the ability to give and receive instructions
  • knowledge of the law

You may apply to join Dyfed Powys Police from the age of 18 years. There is no upper limit for applying and older applicants are encouraged. You will be required to complete a 2 year probationary period. The normal retirement age for a Police Officer is 60 years. Additionally, there are no height restrictions; it is your abilities that are important.


Tattoos are not a bar to appointment.  However, some tattoos could potentially offend members of the public or colleagues, or could bring discredit to the Police Service.

Tattoos are not acceptable if they: undermine the dignity and authority of the Police Officer; could cause offence to members of the public or colleagues and/or invite provocations; are garish or numerous or particularly prominent; indicate unacceptable attitudes towards women, minority groups or any other section of the community; indicate alignment with a particular group which could give offence to members of the public or colleagues; are considered to be discriminatory, rude, lewd, crude, racist, sexist, sectarian, homophobic, violent or intimidating.


Due to the nature of Police work, good health and fitness is paramount. However, applications are welcome from people with disabilities and every effort will be made to make reasonable adjustments if required. If you are successful at an assessment centre you will complete a medical questionnaire and undertake a medical examination and eyesight test.

H.M. Forces

Applications from service personnel are only accepted if you have 12 months or less to serve. It is at the discretion of the Chief Officer as to whether successful applicants are allowed to remain on the Reserve List. Enquiries will not be made with your current employer until you are recommended for appointment or if you have agreed to let us approach them now.

Competency Assessment

The assessment process has been designed to allow you to demonstrate the skills you already possess, or which you have the potential to develop, thus enabling you to carry out the role of police officer.
Currently, the assessment comprises an interview, four interactive exercises, two written tests and two logical reasoning tests.
When you are invited in for assessment you will be sent a 'Welcome Pack' which will give you lots of information to help you understand what to expect and this in turn will assist you in your preparation.