Frequently asked questions
Below we have listed some frequently asked questions about applying to become a Police Officer.
How do I apply?
Our latest recruitment drive to become a Police Officer is due to launch on 20th May 2019. Keep an eye on our website for further updates and access to the application form 20th May onwards!
How long is the recruitment process?
The recruitment window will be open for one month with SEARCH assessment centres scheduled to place in July 2019. We have two intakes scheduled for November 2019 and February 2020, prior to the new entry requirements being launched in 2020.
What is an ‘online situational strengths test’ and why are North Yorkshire Police using this method of assessment?
The Situational Strengths Test (SST) enable us to assesses suitability by measuring candidates against a set of realistic scenarios. It works by judging typical reactions, feelings or behaviours against a realistic scenario-based set of questions. Responses will be mapped against the strengths required within North Yorkshire Police and the role of a PCSO, with candidates only advancing based on their fit with these success criteria.
A situational strengths test is a reliable and accurate tool that will help North Yorkshire Police select the right people, with the right strengths, to deliver successful performance. It provides candidates with a realistic job preview, encouraging self-selection, with the look and feel being aligned our culture, values, and brand.
How does a strength based interview differ from a competency based interview?
A strengths based interview (SBI) is designed around the strengths required within an organisation and role, in this case, the role of a Police Officer.
The Strengths-based Interview offers a different interview experience. It allows us to assess capability and energy in a fast-paced and less ambiguous manner. It also encourages authentic responses and allows better differentiation between low, average, and high performers.
Do you need any qualifications to become a Police Officer?
There are a number of changes taking place nationally in relation to entry requirements to become a police officer, which will come into effect from 2020.
Currently, you need to possess a level 3 qualification within the meaning of Section 3 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 or equivalent. Level 3 qualifications consist of:
- A Levels (grades A-E)
- AS levels
- Award, Certificate, Diploma (City & Guilds, CACHE, OCR, BTEC/Edexecel/Pearson2)
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Access for Higher Education Diploma
- Foundation Diploma (Art and Design) NVQ Level 3
- Advanced apprenticeship
- National Certificate/ Diploma International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Do I need to become a Special Constable or PCSO before becoming a Police Officer?
No, you do not need any previous service experience.
Can I become a specialist officer, such as a Dog Handler, Firearms or Traffic Officer?
Yes, following successful completion of your 2 year probationary period you are eligible to apply for any vacancies that arise within our specialist departments.
Do you need a driving licence to become a Police Officer?
Yes, before you complete your training you will need to hold a relevant full driving licence allowing you to drive vehicles in the UK.
If I have a disability can I apply to become a Police Officer?
North Yorkshire Police welcomes applications from people with disabilities as defined by the Equality Act 2010. If you consider yourself to have a disability, please inform us of the type of reasonable adjustments you might need to assist you in participating in the recruitment and selection process. North Yorkshire Police will make relevant reasonable adjustments as required.
I have dyslexia. Can I still apply?
Yes, you can still apply to become a Police Officer. Should you require reasonable adjustments i.e. extra time during your assessment, you must submit a psychologist’s report which was undertaken when you were aged 16 or over. This must be submitted with your completed application form. Without this report reasonable adjustments will not be made.
I have an ongoing medical condition. Can I still apply?
You can still apply to become a Police Officer. It will depend upon the nature of the medical condition. We require all applicants to pass our medical assessment to ensure you meet the BMI and health standards required. We will look at each case on its merits and take guidance from our Occupational Health Department as part of your individual medical assessment. You will also be required to provide a urine sample whilst at your appointment, which will be tested for any illegal substances.
Is there a height restriction for a Police Officer?
No. There is no minimum or maximum height restriction.
What hours do Police Officers work?
Police Officers work in shift patterns, covering 24 hours a day, seven days a week including bank holidays. Officers can apply for part-time or flexible working following a required length of service; all requests are considered on a case-by-base basis.
What is the salary?
The starting salary is £20,370 in addition to extra for shift allowance. You can expect your salary to rise up to £39,000 over the course of your career if you spend it as a Police Officer.
Where will the training take place?
Our IPLDP training will take place in North Yorkshire Police premises, typically between Northallerton and York, but could be anywhere throughout the county.
What will my working hours be during the training period?
Classroom based training will run between the hours of 09:00 – 17:00, there may be some deviations depending upon the nature of the training.
I have a holiday booked during my training period, will I be allowed to go?
No, unfortunately you must be available to attend for the entire training period (there will be a week’s leave scheduled for the end of your training). You will either need to re-consider your holiday plans or be allocated to a training course that you can commit to all dates.
How long will my probationary period be?
There is a 2 year probationary period for Police Officers and once completed you will be eligible to apply for additional training and specialist roles as they become available.
Where will I be based?
All postings are based on organisational need and successful candidates could work anywhere within North Yorkshire. We will take into consideration home address when allocating a posting, but ultimately we must meet operational demand.
Is there a minimum or upper age limit?
Applicants are not limited to any particular age group – in fact, we welcome those who are looking for a career change. The minimum age to apply is 18, and there is no upper age limit, though you should bear in mind that the normal retirement age for police constables and sergeants is 60. You should also be aware that all new recruits, whatever their age, are required to undertake a two-year probationary period.
How fit do I need to be?
One of the most rigorous elements of our screening process is the physical fitness training. Because our officers must be able to move quickly while carrying a lot of heavy equipment, they have to be in pretty good shape. If you pass the assessment process, you will then have to take a physical fitness test. To pass, you will need to be reasonably fit, and able to run short distances fairly quickly.
Are you accepting transferees from other forces?
Not at the moment but please do keep an eye on our website, Facebook and Twitter for future announcements.
Can I apply if I’ve applied to another force?
You can only apply to one force at a time.
- If you’ve applied to another force and been unsuccessful, you can re-apply to North Yorkshire Police six months after receiving your unsuccessful confirmation.
- If you have failed final interviews recently with another force, please also allow six months before applying again.
- If you have passed an assessment centre with another force in the last 12 months the good news is you can apply to North Yorkshire Police and transfer your score. If not, you can still apply to North Yorkshire Police, however you will need to re-attend the assessment centre.
- If you have an application outstanding with another force and have passed shortlisting, but would prefer to apply to North Yorkshire Police, you will need to withdraw from the other Force and re-apply to North Yorkshire Police.
Can I apply if I’m ex-military?
Yes, you can apply if you are ex-military, even if you have a pension. You just need to be retired or be working through your resettlement.
Can I apply if I have recently lived abroad?
North Yorkshire Police adhere to the recommendations of the ACPO Vetting Policy which states that individuals require a minimum residency of three years to be vetted for RV clearance (five years for MV clearance). Where an individual has resided abroad whilst serving in the British Armed Forces or on UK Government Service, they are considered to have been resident in the UK.
Do I qualify?
If you have any specific questions you can always contact us to discuss your eligibility to apply by emailing our HR team at HRtalentfirstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that if you have one or more of the protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 you can get pre-application assistance, please contact one of our Positive Action Coordinators at email@example.com for more details.