We encourage you to attend one of our recruitment seminars prior to starting your application.
If you are successful at the SEARCH assessment centre you will receive a 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.
During the application and selection process we will be assessing your mental and physical fitness to undertake the role.
The Job Related Fitness Test (JRFT)looks to see whether you are fit for the job and are ready for Officer Safety Training, where you learn to protect yourself and others. You will be required to undertake:
- a running test (known as a multi-stage shuttle run or bleep test) to level 5:4
- test of dynamic or upper body fitness (the push/pull test) to 34kg and 35kg)
TO PASS - improve your fitness before your medical. For the bleep test, aim for a hard run for 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week.
A medical assessment will generally be carried out by our Occupational Health Team. They will check the following:
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- eye sight test
- colour vision
- lung function
You will be asked to complete a confidential medical history questionnaire. Depending on your medical history, we may have to contact your GP/specialist for further information.
Once you have been declared medically fit we will progress your application to the next stage.
Check your Body Mass Index at www.nhs.uk.
Find out more about healthy eating at www.nhs.uk/change4life
We send reference requests to your current employer and all previous employers in the last three years. If you haven't been employed for three years, we will ask for a character reference or an educational reference.
The fore has a strict absence policy set of criteria of no more than nine and/or more than three separate occasions of sickness absence in the previous 12 months.
The vetting process is entirely confidential and the outcomes (other than pass/fail) are not shared with anyone else in the organisation (including traines, future line managers or fellow trainees) or anyone outside of the organisation (including family).
We will carry out security checks on you and your:
- stepfather/mopther's partner
- stepmother/father's partner
- brothers/sisters (full/half/step)
- children/children of your partner (only those aged 10 years and over)
- any other adult living at your address
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.
Applicants with cautions/convictions/reprimands, other than some motoring offences, may not be accepted.
We will need to take fingerprints and DNA samples to carry out some final vetting checks against the national police database.