Joining the police is life-changing. Not just for you but for the people and communities you’ll serve.

creating a diverse and inclusive police service

  • Recruitment and selection processes – all police recruitment processes are fair and based on merit.
  • Positive Action – local forces have a range of initiatives underway to encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to join the police and support serving officers. Check out your chosen force’s website to see what positive action initiatives they’re running.
  • Faith considerations – police forces are supportive of all religions, making adjustments to give officers the time and freedom to practice their faith.


Did you Know?

  • The Jewish Police Association (JPA) has members in forces across the UK, holding ranks from PC to Chief Superintendent, as well as a wide variety of Police Staff and volunteer roles 
  • The JPA is there to support you to fulfil your potential in a policing career. 
  • We’re always happy to offer open and honest advice and support to both prospective and serving officers, linking them with existing JPA members so they can share their experiences. We offer:

    • Access to specialist employment advice
    • Networking and social events
    • One-to-one mentoring with a serving officer throughout the recruitment process
    • Practical support, such as helping with negotiation of shift patterns, kosher food and uniform requirements

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions from those thinking of Joining the Police below;

What can I tell my friends and family if they’re unsure about me joining the police?

The police gives you a varied career and the
chance to serve your community. You’ll make a real difference to people’s lives, which is something to be proud of.

Will I have to work on the Sabbath or holy days such as Yom Kippur?

Local rosters and planning your annual leave well in advance will enable many forces to accommodate your needs. We can introduce you to shomer Shabbat officers who already have suitable flexible working agreements (rosters) in place, and help find a pattern that works for you. There is also national guidance in place from the College of Policing that encourages forces to consider workplace adjustments.

Is there access to kosher food?

You can bring your own food or, with
notice, your force should be able to provide
kosher food when appropriate.

Can I wear a kippa or sheital?

Yes, it’s a recognised part of the police uniform if headwear is worn for religious reasons.

What happens if I experience antisemitism in my role?

The police service does not tolerate any
discrimination. If you are experiencing
discrimination whilst working within policing due to your faith, get in touch with us – we’re here to help.