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The application process

If successful, you will be invited to the next stage of the selection process.

The next stage will involve an online situational strengths test, the national SEARCH assessment centre and then an in force assessment (strengths based interview and micro-exercises). You don’t need to worry about these as you will receive plenty of information before the tests. Typically the SEARCH assessment centre will include written tests, ability tests, interactive roleplay exercises and an interview by trained assessors.

Unfortunately it’s not always possible to appoint every candidate who achieves the minimum standard at the assessment centre and sometimes we have to prioritise candidates with a higher pass mark.

If successful, you will be allocated to one of our training programmes commencing in 2020 and 2021, whether this be the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme or the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP).

Am I eligible?

Applicants from all backgrounds and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply. 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.

Do I need any qualifications?

There are number of changes taking place nationally in relation to the entry requirements to become a Police Officer, you can find out more about the entry routes available and the minimum qualification requirements here.


The public expect that the police service only employs people with the highest levels of integrity, and expect those that work in North Yorkshire Police to act and behave professionally at all times. You will be required to provide personal details about yourself, your family members and co-residents, in order for vetting checks to be conducted.

Get fit before you apply

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.

You will also be required to pass a medical examination. Prior to your medical examination you will be required to provide information about your health, which will be verified by your own GP. Our Occupational Health team follow the national Recruitment Medical Standards, so you may wish to review this document prior to attending your medical examination. We will review suitability for role on an individual basis, following the medical guidance of our Occupational Health Screening Nurse and Force Medical Advisors.