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Coronavirus (COVID-19): the policing response and what you need to know

Recruitment process

Find out more about the recruitment process for jobs in our Communications Centre.

What happens once I have applied?

Once you have submitted your application, it will be checked against the shortlisting criteria and if you have met the requirements you will be invited to an assessment centre.

This consists of a series of work-related tests which are designed to make sure you have got the skills needed to do the job (including testing your typing speed).

After you have passed all of the assessments, you will have a short break before we book a telephone interview with you the following week.

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

Assessments

Watch the video to find out about the assessment centre, and what you need to bring with you.

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 or reprimands. However, there are certain offences and conditions that will make you ineligible.

Further information can be obtained from the Recruitment Team and a full in depth list, applicable to people working in the police environment, is available.

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

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