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Application Process

Check below to see current status of application process.

  • 2020
Online Application Stage
Apply 4th-25th February 2020. Upload education evidence from 26th February 2020.
current stage
Online Initial Selection Test
IST stage open 10-24 Mar
Assessment Centre
Assessment Centres will begin in late Apr 2020
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
We look forward to receiving your application during February! Please continue to check this website for updates. Do you know where your GCSE certificates (or equivalent) are? Please check out our briefing document available from the '2020 Recruitment News' section below and prepare now to present evidence relating to your education qualifications when asked.

Recruitment News

  • 2020
  • 2018
  • 2017

Updated: 24/01/2020

Recruitment News - Recruitment Campaign for 2017

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: 24/01/2020

Recruitment News - Recruitment Campaign for 2018

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

Applications closing soon.  Don't forget to apply! 

We’ll be accepting applications from now until 25th February 2020. Applications close at 12 Noon sharp on the closing date.

Before applying, please check out our refreshed website for full details on the Student Officer recruitment process.


Application Acknowledgements - Update, 21st February 2020 (AM)

Please note, we do not provide immediate email acknowledgement of application submissions, but will be in touch when the submission has been reviewed.

We have now acknowledged (by email) everyone who successfully applied via our online application form in advance of noon on 21st February 2020.  Please check your email mailbox (including 'junk' folders) for your acknowledgement if you applied before that time.  If you did not receive an application acknowledgement but would have expected one please email us to double-check.  Those who apply after that time will be sent an application acknowledgement as soon as possible.


PSNI Education Criteria - Presenting Evidence 

We’d like highlight that early in this recruitment process all applicants will be expected to provide evidence of how they meet the PSNI Education Criteria.  We will request that this evidence be submitted between 26th February 2020 and 24th March 2020.  Instructions will be provided to applicants by end-of-day on 26th February 2020.

To help you prepare for this, we would encourage you to consider our Education Criteria - Presenting Evidence briefing document.  

We suggest that all applicants prepare now to demonstrate eligibility when asked.  Please check the information provided on this website for full information on the PSNI Education Criteria and details of how you will be expected to demonstrate eligibility. 

If, having considered all of the advice provided on this website, you are still not sure how to demonstrate that your education qualifications are equivalent to the requirements, you are welcome to email us and we will do our best to direct you.   


Key updates for the 2020 recruitment campaign

There are several key updates that we’d like to highlight in relation to our 2020 recruitment campaign.  Full details are available throughout this site, but to summarise we have developed a briefing document to outline the key changes proposed for our new campaign.  We’d encourage you to check out our 2020 Briefing Document for the latest details and to prepare now.


Good luck with your application!