Application Process

Check below to see current status of application process.

  • 2020
Online Application Stage
Upload education evidence from 26th February - 24th March 2020.
complete
Online Initial Selection Test
IST and Evidence Uploader now closed. Check 'Recruitment News' for updates
complete
Assessment Centre
Assessment Centres will begin in Summer 2020. Please check your email for your invitation.
current stage
Merit List Passed to PSNI
Aug 2020
Vetting
Physical Competence Assessment
Medical
Substance Misuse Test
Online Learning
Appointable Candidates Invited to Training in Merit Order
--Applications are now closed-- Please continue to check this website for updates. For the February 2020 recruitment process we have now completed the IST / Evidence Uploader phases and are moving into the Assessment Centre phase. For those due to progress to the Assessment Centre, we have now issued invitations by email. Remember, if you are a current applicant, check your email and the '2020 Recruitment News' below regularly for updates.

Recruitment News

  • 2020
  • 2018
  • 2017

Updated: 26/08/2020

Recruitment News - Recruitment Campaign for 2017

COVID-19 Recruitment Update

Please check here for an important update regarding the progress of the 2017 recruitment campaign in light of COVID-19.


PSNI are continuing to progress candidates through the PSNI managed stages to meet operational demand for police officers and whilst campaigns remain active, anticipate contacting further candidates in the upcoming months. Please check here for the latest information on the progress of the 2017 campaign. 

Updated: 26/08/2020

Recruitment News - Recruitment Campaign for 2018

COVID-19 Recruitment Update

Please check here for an important update regarding the progress of the 2018 recruitment campaign in light of COVID-19.


PSNI are continuing to progress candidates through the PSNI managed stages to meet operational demand for police officers and whilst campaigns remain active, anticipate contacting further candidates in the upcoming months. Please check here for the latest information on the progress of the 2018 campaign. 

Recruitment News - Recruitment Campaign for 2020

ASSESSMENT CENTRE: UPDATE (26/10/20)

As a result of the enhanced government restrictions put in place on Friday 16th October, all remaining PSNI Assessment Centres (up until Friday 13th November) have now been postponed and will be rescheduled to alternative dates. A new date and time will be emailed to you in due course. We once again thank you for your patience during the Assessment Centre stage of the recruitment process. 


ASSESSMENT CENTRE: UPDATE  (16/10/20)

As you will be aware, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, enhanced restrictions come into place throughout Northern Ireland from today, Friday 16th October.  As a result of these restrictions, the PSNI Assessment Centres scheduled for the next two weeks will be postponed. Assessments due to take place between Monday 19th October – Friday 30th October will be rescheduled to alternative dates. A new date and time will be emailed to you in due course. 

For those due to attend Assessment Centres between November 2nd to November 13th we will be in touch with a further update. 

We once again thank you for your patience during the Assessment Centre stage of the recruitment process. 


ASSESSMENT CENTRE: UPDATE

We are nearing the halfway point of the 2020 Assessment Centre stage. Thank you to all those who have attended so far, and we look forward to welcoming those candidates whose appointment is still upcoming. 

In coming weeks, PSNI will begin to progress applicants who have performed to the highest standard at assessment centre through to the PSNI managed stages of the recruitment process (Vetting, Physical Competence Assessment, Medical, Substance Misuse Test and Online Learning). PSNI Recruitment Team will be in touch directly with candidates who have performed to this level to invite them to commence these remaining stages. PSNI will only be contacting a limited number of applicants at this time so please don’t be concerned if you are not contacted. The majority of successful candidates will not commence the PSNI managed stages until after the results of the assessment centre are issued to all candidates at the beginning of December 2020. With this in mind, we strongly encourage all candidates to read through pages 23-41 of the Guidance for Applicants document to familiarise yourself with the next steps of the recruitment process. The ‘How Do I Join?’ section of the website contains an example video of the PCA, as well as some advice for PCA training. 


Assessment Centres Now Live

The Assessment Centres have launched! We look forward to meeting you all during this next stage of the recruitment process. Remember to read your invitation email and supporting documents thoroughly before attending. 

To help give further insight into a career in policing, we will regularly update Recruitment News with snippets from current serving officers, who will provide insight into life at the PSNI. See below for the first from a Sergeant who has focused specifically on how working life has been impacted by the outbreak of Coronavirus.

"As with everyone else, COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately crime doesn't stop even during a pandemic, so it's important that we are still able to do our job and keep people safe. We've seen changes to the Police Stations where we work, including hand sanitising stations at every door and rearranging of office space to allow us to maintain social distance as much as possible. However, in front line uniform policing there are inevitably some times when it's simply not possible to stay 2m apart! 

During COVID an extra part of my role as a Sergeant has been to ensure that my team always have supplies of all the PPE they might need - face masks, face shields, gloves, hand sanitizer etc. There are also lots of different policies and protocols that have been put in place around attendance at calls, special arrangements in custody and guidance on what PPE we need to wear in various different situations. 

All this means that not only are we able to continue keep the public safe, but we are also kept as safe as possible too!"


Covid-19 

By way of update with respect to COVID-19, PSNI is progressing with our recovery planning. Part of this process includes adapting our planning with respect to assessment centres to reflect government guidelines regarding social distancing and additional measures required to protect candidates attending these assessments. We plan to commence the assessment centre phase during the summer. Candidates due to attend will be advised of the protective arrangements we will have in place. 

Police officer recruitment remains very important to PSNI and we appreciate the patience and support you have shown over recent months. 


Personal Details - Edits To Candidate Records - 2020 Recruitment Process

If you require us to process any edits to your personal details (e.g. updates to email, phone number, home address etc.), please note that we welcome all such requests. Feel free to email us with the details of the edits you require and be sure to include your UID number so that we can identify you. We will process such edits and get back to you to confirm as soon as possible. 


Applications now closed

Applications are now closed for the 2020 recruitment process. We are sorry if you missed the deadline to apply in February.  

At this time, we have no information as to when exactly future recruitment will happen, but we would encourage to check this website regularly for updates.  

For those who applied to the 2020 recruitment process, it is important that you check here on 'Recruitment News' regularly for updates . 


Thank you!