How to apply
Are you eligible?
Eligibility requirements for the police service are fairly detailed.
We don’t want you to spend time filling out the application form only to discover that we can’t accept you! Answer these questions to find out whether you’re eligible to apply...
Will you be 18 or older on the closing date of this application window?
Yes I will – continue to the next question
No I will not – You cannot apply for this role until you are 18. Why not sign up to our mailing list to be notified of future recruitment drives?
Are you a British citizen, an EC/EEA national, a Commonwealth citizen, or a foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the UK?
Yes I am – continue to the next question
No I am not – You cannot apply for this or any other role within NWP
Have you been resident in the UK for the last three years?
Yes I have – continue to the next question
No I have not – Depending on how long you have been out of the country, you may not be able to apply. If it was for more than six months, please contact our Recruitment Team to discuss this further. Continue to the next question.
Do you have any outstanding County Court Judgements, or a current Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA), or have you been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts?
No I have not – continue to the next question
Yes I have – You cannot apply for this or any other role within NWP
Have you received a formal caution in the last five years, or ever committed a violent crime or public order offence?
No I have not – continue to the next question. However, be aware that other types of criminal conviction may affect your application. If you have any concerns please contact our Recruitment Team to discuss.
Yes I have – You cannot apply for this or any other role within NWP.
Are you a member of the British National Party (BNP) or a similar organisation, or have you ever been a member?
No I am not – continue to the next question
Yes I am – You cannot apply for this or any other role within NWP.
Do you have any tattoos?
No I do not – continue to the next question
Yes I do – Tattoos are allowed, but they must not be particularly prominent, garish, offensive or undermine the dignity and authority of your role. You’ll need to send us photos of your tattoos when you apply so we can decide whether they are acceptable. Continue to the next question.
Have you applied to another police force, or applied for this role with us within the last six months?
No I have not – You are eligible to apply to become a Special Constable! Please follow the application process below.
Yes, I have already applied to become a Police Officer or a Police Community Support Officer – You can still apply to join the Special Constabulary, but we could not formally offer you a position as a Special until the outcome of your Police Officer or PCSO application is known.
You cannot apply to more than one police force at a time. If your other application is unsuccessful, you can apply to join us once six months has passed.
Yes, I am thinking of applying to become a Police Officer/PCSO soon – Please note that all appointments as a Special Constable from January 1st 2018 will be subject to a 12 month minimum tenure. This means that you must serve at least 12 months as a Special before you can begin as a Police Constable or PCSO. However, you could start the application process after 9 months service, subject to recruitment windows.
There are no formal educational requirements for entry. All applicants are required to attend and pass an assessment centre. It is an advantage to have a good standard of education in order to cope competitively with the selection process, training and the job itself.
We need to be sure we recruit people of the highest quality, so our application process involves several challenging steps.
Even if you achieve them all, be aware that it does not automatically guarantee a position with us. We have to balance the operational needs of the Force with the number of vacancies.
If you met the eligibility criteria in the quiz above and want to apply, please read through the information below for full details about the steps involved.