You can apply to become a member of police staff from the age of 18. However, in short-listing applicants we are looking for you to demonstrate competence in the essential skills outlined in the role profile which are not dependant upon age.
Individual vacancies will identify the qualifications and/or experience required.
You must be a British Citizen, European Community/European Economic Area national (Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein), a Commonwealth Citizen or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the UK.
If you are a Commonwealth Citizen or foreign national then your application should include a copy of your passport which shows your stay is free of restrictions. Other documentary evidence of your status may be required.
You will need to have been a resident in the UK for the last three years consecutively.
Convictions and cautions: you and your family
Convictions or cautions will not necessarily cause a problem for appointment. It will depend on their nature, the circumstances and when the offence was committed. Failure to disclose convictions or cautions will, however, result in your application being terminated.
You must declare all convictions or past offences, formal cautions by the police including those received as a juvenile (under 18) and a bind-over imposed by any court.
You should include traffic convictions such as speeding, drink-drive offences, fixed penalties for motoring or disorder offences and any appearances before a court martial. You must declare any charge or summons currently outstanding against you.
You must include spent convictions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (by virtue of the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1975) or any involvement with civil, military or transport police.
You must say if you have ever been involved in any criminal investigation whether or not this led to prosecution (either of yourself or others).
Some applicants do not declare information which they believe is no longer held on record. However, our enquiries will reveal historical incidents and failure to disclose these will lead to your application being rejected. If you have any doubts, include the details.
We will also search criminal convictions or cautions recorded against your family, so you should inform them these enquiries will be made. Due to data protection, we will not be able to disclose the results of these enquiries to you.
We need to ensure that you are in good mental and physical health to carry out the role for which you have applied. A medical assessment is part of the recruitment process.
Any job offer will be subject to medical clearance. You will be asked to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire. This information will be confidentially screened by our occupational health department who may ask for more information from your doctor and/or request a medical examination is completed before an offer of appointment is made.