The application process
First complete and return the application form the next time that we are recruiting. Your application form will be externally assessed based on your answers to competency based questions.
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 (interview). 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.
Please note that we will have a limited number of vacancies available in 2019 / 2020, if you are successful we will allocate you to one of our training courses taking place in November 2019 and February 2020 (dates subject to change). Due to the national changes in entry requirements, any candidates that are not allocated to one of the training courses outlined above, will be required to submit a further application under the new entry requirements.
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 these changes here.
These changes will come into effect from 2020, but in the meantime you will 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
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.
Do I qualify?
If you have any specific questions you can always contact us for more information by emailing HRtalentfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointment is subject to satisfactory reference checks and security vetting.
How do I apply?
Our recruitment campaign for Student Police Officers is currently live from 20 May 2019 until 09:00 on 17th June 2019.