Eligibility Requirements for Police Officer, PCSO and Special Constable candidates

Eligibility requirements for the police service are fairly detailed, but we have provided a summary of some of the basic requirements below.

 

  • Age requirements
  • Nationality requirements
  • Criminal record
  • Tattoos
  • Financial status
  • Physical fitness
  • Health
  • Eyesight
  • Previous applications
     

If you would like to know more, or have a specific query, please contact:

 

Special Constabulary:

 

PCSO / Police Constable:

 


 

Age requirements

 

  • Police Constable and Special Constable applications can be accepted at the age of 18. There's no upper age limit for applying to the police service, but bear in mind that the normal retirement age is 60 years and that new recruits are required to undertake a two-year probationary period.
  • Police Community Support Officer applications can be accepted at the age of 18. There's no upper age limit for applying to the police service, but bear in mind that the normal retirement age is 65 years and that new recruits are required to undertake a 9 month probationary period.

 


 

Nationality requirements

 

  • You must be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom.
  • Foreign nationals and UK citizens who have lived abroad may have to wait some time for security and vetting clearance.
  • All applicants have to be vetted to the same standard before appointment.

 


 

Criminal record

 

  • A number of crimes will mean a definite or likely rejection of your application, including anyone who has received a formal caution in the last five years, committed a violent crime or public order offence.

 


 

Tattoos

 

  • You should not have tattoos which could cause offence.
  • Tattoos are not acceptable if they are particularly prominent, garish, offensive or undermine the dignity and authority of your role.
  • You will be required to supply photographs of tattoos with your application form

 


 

Financial status

 

  • Applicants will have their financial status checked.
  • These checks are carried out because police officers/staff have access to privileged information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption.
  • Applicants with outstanding County Court judgements or who have been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, will be rejected. If you have discharged bankruptcy debts then you will need to provide a Certificate of Satisfaction with your application.

 


 

Physical fitness

 

To ensure you are fit enough for the role, you will undertake a fitness test.

 

There are two elements to the test and you must pass both before you can be appointed.


We are looking for no more than the minimum standard needed to enable you to work effectively as a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or Special Constable.

 

You will be given help to improve your fitness and if you prepare yourself properly, there is no reason for you to fail not meet the required standard.


 

There are two elements to the test:

  • dynamic strength and
  • endurance fitness.

 


 

Health

 

  • Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers or Special Constables encounter stressful situations, trauma, physical confrontation and work long hours on shifts.
  • They need to be resilient enough to cope with the demands and pressures of police work.
  • Applicants must therefore be in good health mentally and physically to undertake police duties.
  • You will undergo a medical assessment to ensure you meet the health standards required.

 


 

Eyesight

 

  • Applicants will be required to attend an opticians to complete an eyesight form.
  • Failure to pass this test will lead to rejection.

 


 

Previous applications

 

  • You can only apply to one force at any one time.
  • If you have previously applied to join the police service and been unsuccessful, you must wait six months from the date of your initial letter of rejection before you can apply again.

 

Contact

Recruiting Section
Shared Services Facility


North Wales Police Headquarters,
Glan-y-Don,
Colwyn Bay,
Conwy,
LL29 8AW


Telephone: 01492 804699 (follow options for HR & Training > Recruitment & Posting)

Email: Recruiting Section


 

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