PSNI is delighted that you are considering joining the service. We understand that you might have some questions before you start your application, so take some time to read through the below information. We would also encourage you to read the Guidance for Applicants document which provides key details about the recruitment process you will participate in.
All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
In addition, there are certain standards associated with physical fitness, medical conditions and vetting (criminal convictions, finances, tattoos etc) that you must comply with.
We understand that you might have some questions about these requirements before you start your application, so take some time to read the information below.
You need to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at A* - C grade, including Maths and English Language to apply, and you must be ready to present original evidence of your exam certificates at Assessment Centre to ensure your application can continue.
Police constables also need to be able to demonstrate basic IT skills which will be tested at different stages of the recruitment process. You do not need to have an IT qualification to apply.
Detailed FAQs on education qualifications can be found here.
Being from outside the UK does not stop you from applying to the PSNI.
If you are not a national of a member state of the European Economic Area then you must be able to provide evidence that you have the right to remain in the United Kingdom for an indefinite period.
If you are a national of a member state of the European Economic Area then you do not need to provide evidence of your right to remain in the United Kingdom for an indefinite period.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia*, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
*Applicants from Croatia do not have the automatic right to work in the United Kingdom. However, we understand that this is currently under review. For further information please visit the Home Office website https://www.gov.uk/croatian-national.
A medical assessment will consider if you are capable of carrying out the main duties of a police constable. It will assess you against some key medical standards. To find out more, click here.
If you have a medical query and you would like more information on how this might impact your application, email the recruitment team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be required to pass the Physical Competence Assessment (PCA), before entering the Police College to start training.
The PCA is an obstacle course which needs to be completed three times in 3 minutes and 54 seconds!
Click here for more information on the PCA including an example training schedule, and an illustration of how the obstacle course is laid out.
It is important that you start to prepare for the PCA now!
This policy is currently under review and more information will be available soon. Please keep an eye on the recruitment news section of the website for notice of an update to the tattoo policy.
You will not be considered for appointment to the PSNI if you have served any of the following:
Additionally, if you have been convicted of an offence, have breached a court order, or received a caution, this may be taken into account when considering your application.
More information on criminal convictions can be found in the Vetting section of the Guidance for Applicants (8MB).
If you have a disability you will be considered individually on your merit. The PSNI Medical team will consult with you and consideration will be given to whether there are reasonable adjustments that can be made to enable you to do the job now and for a reasonable time.
You will have the option to seek an adjustment in the recruitment process when completing the application form.
You should email email@example.com if you have any queries.
PSNI welcomes applications from people with Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). You may wish to seek a reasonable adjustment in respect of the Initial Selection Test or Assessment Centre. As part of the application process if you wish to declare reasonable adjustment needs relating to the Disability Discrimination Act you will be obliged to provide evidence in support of your request (full and complete supporting evidence must be provided by email to firstname.lastname@example.org when requested). You will have the opportunity to declare your intention to seek a reasonable adjustment when you complete the online application form.
If you have another communication need you should email email@example.com with the detail - the Recruitment Team will get in touch with you to assess if any necessary adjustments to exam conditions are needed.