We encourage you to attend one of our recruitment seminars prior to starting your application.
As you might imagine, applicant entry requirements are fairly comprehensive, to apply you must:
- be aged 18 or over on the date of submitting your application
- be aged 57 or under on the date of submitting your application
- Hold a level 3 qualification in any subject or be a serving Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), who has completed their professional development plan, passed their probationary period at the time of application and are up-to-date with all mandatory training or a serving Special Constable who has attained independent patrol status at the time of application, who are consistently completing sixteen hours per month and are up-to-date with all mandatory training.
- have been a United Kingdom resident for the last three years
- be a United Kingdom, European Union or commonwealth citizen, with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom
- hold a full United Kingdom/European Union manual driving licence. The licence should be obtained at the time of submitting your application
- not be a member of an extreme political organisation such as BNP, National Front or Combat 18
- not have tattoos on your face, neck or hands which could cause offence. If you have a tattoo you will be asked to provide description and photographs of the tattoo. The nature , location, size, prominence and appearance of tattoos will be considered
- not have any serious convictions or recent cautions, bind-overs or findings of guilt
- not have any current County Court Judgements (CCJ) against you or be the subject of an Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA). If you have been registered bankrupt you may only apply if it is at least three years since the date your debts were discharged
You must not have
- an application turnbed down by a police force in the last three months at any part of the national process. The national process includes: CBQ, SEARCH assessment, fitness test and pre-employment checks
- only one live application for the role of police officer in accordance with national recruitment policy
- a commitment to a Volunteer Reserve Force. Volunteer Reservists are part-time members of the armed forces who can be mobilised to supplement the regular armed forces if demands require it. Examples are the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines Reserve, the Army Reserve and the Royal Air Force Reserve