Police Officer Recruitment - Applications open on 2nd November at 9:00am

Application Process

Check below to see current status of application process.

  • 2021
Online Application Stage
Apply 2-19 November 2021
current stage
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.
Physical Competence Assessment
Health Assessment
Substance Misuse Test
Online Learning
Appointable Candidates Invited to Training in Merit Order
We will be recruiting again soon. You will be welcome to apply to the next Student Officer recruitment process in November 2021. We look forward to receiving your application!

Recruitment News

  • 2021
  • 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 - Recruitment Campaign for 2021

Update on Autumn 2021 recruitment

We are pleased to announce that we’ll be accepting applications 2nd - 19th November 2021. We’re looking forward to receiving your application! 

In the meantime look out for our advertisements out and about, on social media, in press and on the airwaves.

For now we’d encourage you to check out our refreshed website. It is designed to provide the latest information and advice on the Student Officer recruitment process. 

There are a few key updates that we would like to highlight, to help you prepare for our 2021 recruitment campaign. Full details are throughout this site, but to summarise we have developed a briefing document to outline the key changes proposed for our new campaign. 

Check out our 2021 Briefing Document for the latest details available and prepare now, so that you are ready when recruitment opens.

Don’t forget to apply in November. Good luck!