Stage 4 - Pre-employment checks

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If you are successful at the assessment centre you will receive an offer letter stating that you will be appointed subject to satisfactorily passing vetting checks, media checks, finance checks, references, medical and fitness tests. Once you have successfully completed all pre-employment checks you will receive an offer of appointment, conditions of service, starter pack and joining instructions.

The role of a police officer is demanding. During the application and selection process we will be assessing your mental and physical fitness to undertake the role.

Fitness test

We test endurance through a fitness shuttle run, commonly known as the bleep test, to level 5:4. We also test dynamic or upper body fitness through the push/pull test to 34kg and 35kg.

Download our Fitness Test booklet [PDF 0.5MB]

Medical assessment

A medical assessment will generally be carried out by our Occupational Health team. They will check the following:

You will be asked to complete a confidential medical history questionnaire. Depending upon your medical history, we may have to contact your GP/ specialist for further information.

Once you have been declared medically fit we will then progress your application to the next stage.

References

We send reference requests to all your previous employers from the last three years. If you haven’t been employed for three years, we will ask for a character reference or an educational reference.

Vetting checks

The vetting process is entirely confidential and the outcomes (other than pass/fail) are not shared with anyone else in the organisation (including trainers, future line managers or fellow trainees) or anyone outside of the organisation (including family).

We will carry out security checks on you and your:

Financial circumstances

Applicants will have their financial status checked.

These checks are carried out because police officers have access to privileged information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption.

Applicants with outstanding County Court Judgements (CCJs), Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVAs) or who have been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, will be rejected. If you have discharged bankruptcy debts then you will need to provide a Certificate of Satisfaction with your application. At least three years will need to have passed since the date of discharge.

Biometric Vetting

We will need to take your fingerprints and DNA samples to carry out some final vetting checks against the national police database.

Applicants with cautions/convictions/reprimands, other than some motoring offences, may not be accepted.

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