Application Process

Check below to see current status of application process.

  • 2020
Online Application Stage
Apply 4-25 Feb. Upload education evidence from 26 Feb.
Online Initial Selection Test
IST stage open 10-24 Mar
Assessment Centre
Assessment Centre phase concluding. Merit List due with PSNI by close 18th May. Check your email for updates.
Merit List Passed to PSNI
Assessment Centre phase now concluded. Merit List transferred to PSNI.
current stage
Physical Competence Assessment
Substance Misuse Test
Online Learning
Appointable Candidates Invited to Training in Merit Order

Recruitment News

  • Future Recruitment
  • 2020
  • 2018

Updated: 31/08/2021

Police Officer 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. 

Updated: 31/08/2021

Police Officer Recruitment News - Recruitment Campaign for 2020

Update 18th May 2021 - Assessment Centre phase now complete. Merit List transferred to PSNI. 

The assessment centre phase of the 2020 recruitment process has now been completed. Deloitte has transferred the final merit list to the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 

In due course successful candidates will be advised of their merit position by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.  

All active candidates who participated in an assessment centre have been issued with a detailed breakdown of their performance. Please check your email inbox and junk folder for your feedback report. 

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has commenced offers to high performing candidates who have completed all stages of the 2020 Recruitment Process and reached the appointable pool. Appointments will be offered throughout Summer 2021 and it is anticipated that courses will continue to run recurrently throughout the 2021/2022 financial year. Please check here for the latest information on the progress of the 2020 campaign. 

We would once again like to thank you for your ongoing dedication to the recruitment process, and hope this update provides reassurance that we are moving forward with increased momentum to meet our revised recruitment forecast.

We would encourage all candidates to continue to check here on Recruitment News regularly for updates. 

Thank you! 

Police Officer Recruitment News

Update on future recruitment

The Police Service of Northern Ireland plans to recruit for Student Officers in Autumn 2021.

The exact launch date is yet to be determined. Please continue to check here on ‘Police Officer Recruitment News’ for the latest updates on future recruitment.

If you would like to be kept informed on when our next recruitment campaign is due to open you are welcome to opt in to our mailing list*. To opt in, email us from your preferred email address to (Please highlight in your message to us that you wish to be included on the “future recruitment mailing list”). 

In the meantime we encourage you to consider our Police Officer Roles webpages for details on the recruitment process. On those pages we provide information on the eligibility criteria and path you will follow if you choose to apply. Also, you should find some helpful details within our Why Join? section that will help you in your decision to apply. As the weeks progress we will be updating our website to reflect the upcoming 2021 campaign, but there is plenty of helpful information there now that will guide you.

Alternatively, do check our Police Staff Roles site. We regularly advertise roles there that may be of interest to you, so it is well worth considering.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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