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What you need to know

What happens once I have applied?

Once you’ve submitted both part 1 and part 2 of the application, they will be checked against the shortlisting criteria and if you’ve met the requirements you’ll be invited to an assessment session. This consists of a series of work-related tests which are designed to make sure you’ve got the skills needed to do the job (including testing your typing speed) and lasts for 2-3 hours.

After you’ve passed all of the assessments, you’ll have a short break before you’re interviewed. 

Our Recruitment team will be in contact after your interview to let you know whether you’ve been successful and advise you of the next steps.

Vetting and checks

Police staff will have to be able to achieve a Recruitment Vetting Clearance. This National Security Clearance requires a three year continuous residency and checkable criminal history in the UK prior to the application date.

You may still be eligible to join the police service if you have minor convictions/cautions/reprimands.

Applicants will have their financial status checked. These checks are carried out because police staff have access to privileged information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption.

All applicants must be able to be vetted before appointment. Vetting is part of the recruitment process and for meaningful vetting enquiries to take place. Foreign nationality is not an automatic bar to recruitment or to granting vetting clearance. However, the Force Vetting Officer will require adequate residency and background checks to be conducted for the required period in order to make an informed decision.

Reasonable Adjustments

If you have a disability, you may wish to let us know if there are any reasonable adjustments you would like us to make to assist you in your application. Please be assured that this information will be treated in the strictest confidence.