Can I Join?

PSNI is delighted that you are considering a career with us 

We understand that you might have some questions before you start your application, so take some time to read through the information in this section. We would also encourage you to read the Guidance for Police Staff Applicants document, which provides key details about the police staff recruitment process you will participate in. 

All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Age: Applicants must have reached their 16th birthday on or before the date of application. Some of our specialist roles may have an age criteria of 18 due to the nature of duties.
  • Nationality: Being from outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland does not stop you from applying to the Police Service of Northern Ireland, although you must be able to provide evidence that you have the right to work in the United Kingdom. 
  • Education: This will be largely dependent on the role being applied for however, all roles have a minimum educational criteria of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at A* - C grade. Please refer to the requirements stated in the person specification of the advertised job description.
  • Computer Literacy: For the majority of police staff roles, no formal IT qualifications are required (unless otherwise specified). Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the level of computer literacy required to effectively perform the role being applied for. 

In addition, there are certain standards associated with medical conditions and vetting (check of criminal record, finances etc.) that you must comply with.

We understand that you might have some questions about these requirements before you start your application, so take time to read the information below.