you must have lived in the UK continuously for the last three years
you must hold a UK passport or be able to provide proof of 'settled' status in the UK
you must be 18 years old or older
visible tattoos are deemed unacceptable, for example those located on the neck, face or hands or if they could reasonably be interpreted as; discriminatory, offensive, indicative of attitudes or views which are inconsistent with the College of Policing's code of ethics and standards and ethics.View further information about tattoos and piercings
you must declare everything on your forms. If you do not tell us about any cautions, investigations, or criminal convictions (even those spent) that may be linked to you, this could causes issues with your application. If in any doubt, please disclose the information
you must not be registered bankrupt or subject to County Court Judgements (CCJs) or Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs). IVAs will be considered on a case by case basis
business interest - you must declare any employment or business interest you may have, to make sure this doesn’t conflict with working for us
you must be able to pass the fitness test. For the endurance fitness test all candidates are required to run a 15 metre track in time with bleeps which get increasingly faster. Candidates need to meet level 5.4 on the bleep test to be successful.
If you fail on your first attempt don't worry. You're allowed two more attempts within 12 weeks (second attempt after six weeks, third attempt six weeks later). Our Recruitment Team will advise more on this process at the time. If after the 3rd attempt you are not successful, we will be unable to continue with your application. Start preparing now and view our bleep test training plan.