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2015 Applications are now closed. Please check this website regularly for updates.

Recruitment for the
Police Service of Northern Ireland

Recruitment is now closed, however please see below for the standard recruitment criteria.

  • Age: Applicants must have attained the age of 18 years and be no more than 57 years on appointment.
  • Nationality: Applicants must be eligible to work permanently in the UK.
  • Education: Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at A* - C grade, including Maths & English Language.
  • Computer Literacy: Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the level of computer literacy required to effectively perform the role of a constable. This will be tested at a number of stages in the recruitment process but there is no requirement for a formal IT qualification.

Application Process

Although the application stage for the current campaign has now closed, the four stages of the standard Application Process are outlined in the link below. Guidance on each stage of the process is also provided.

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The Role

A constable is at the frontline of the criminal justice system and community engagement. Constables deal with every imaginable type of incident and have to cope with very challenging situations and events. Click here to find out more about what the role of a constable involves.

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The Career

The Police Service of Northern Ireland offers exciting and challenging career prospects with a competitive reward package. Click here to find out more about the career opportunities if you joined the PSNI.

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Physical Competence Assessment

The role of a constable has many physical demands and the PSNI requires Student Officers to pass a Physical Competence Assessment (PCA) before they can enter the Training College.

You can view a demonstration of the PCA in the video opposite.

In addition, we have made an indicative basic training plan which you can find by clicking below.

We would highly recommend all candidates read and follow this guidance.

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