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:
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.
You must be at least 16 years old, this means that:
Some of our specialist roles may have an age criteria of 18 due to the nature of the duties.
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 limited leave to remain in the United Kingdom.
This evidence has to be supplied in the following format:
Please note that this nationality criteria may be subject to change in line with emerging government guidance regarding the implications of EU Exit on immigration legislation. Any relevant updates will be communicated to applicants in due course. For further information please refer to: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/working-northern-Ireland
There are a wide variety of police staff roles within the Police Service of Northern Ireland and each will have specific academic, professional or technical qualification requirements. These will be clearly stated on the person specification of the advertised job description, however all roles have a minimum educational criteria of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at A* - C grade.
You will be asked to provide original evidence of your certificates at Assessment stage. Please make sure that you prepare now and have your paperwork in order that you can supply this documentation when asked.
If your educational qualifications were obtained outside the United Kingdom or you are unsure as to the equivalency of your qualifications, please see the guidance on equivalent qualifications at http://ofqual.gov.uk/help-and-advice/comparing-qualifications
Please note if your qualifications are not comparable under this guidance, it is unlikely that your application will proceed beyond Assessment stage.
Detailed FAQs on education qualifications can be found here.
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.
A Medical History Questionnaire will be issued to you as part of the pre-employment checks. This should be completed and returned to Occupational Health and Wellbeing by the date specified. This form will enable the Occupational Health Advisor to make a general assessment as to whether you comply with the medical standards required of the job for which you have applied. If appropriate, you may also be seen by an Occupational Health Medical Adviser, who may in some circumstances carry out a physical examination.
A Yes answer does not mean you will be automatically rejected and you should provide as much detail to your answer as possible. In addition, provision of additional medical information as outlined in the accompanying cover letter, will ensure that all relevant medical evidence has been considered and reduce the likelihood of any delays to your application.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is an Equal Opportunities employer and recruits on the basis of ability not perceived disability. The information you give about your medical history or any disability will assist Occupational Health and Wellbeing assess where “adjustments” to working practice and/or working environment may be needed.
All medical information provided by you remains entirely confidential to Occupational Health and Wellbeing and shall form part of your occupational health record if appointed.
Following the medical assessment you will be considered to be one of the following:
You will not be considered for appointment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland 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 Police Staff Guidance for Applicants (1MB).
If you have a disability, you will be considered individually on your merit. The Police Service of Northern Ireland Occupational Health and Wellbeing 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.
If you have needs relating to disabilities or other conditions (including hidden disabilities or conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder) and would like this to be considered for an adjustment at assessment stage, you will have the option to seek an adjustment in the recruitment process when completing the application form.
After you have submitted your application, you must submit your most recent evidence relating to your disability or condition (including hidden disabilities or conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder) prepared by your doctor or other appropriate professional. This must be provided by email to PoliceStaffRecruitment@psni.police.uk no later than 10 working days after the closing date. We would therefore advise you to get your paperwork in order now in readiness to send when required.
Your report(s) will be reviewed by a suitably qualified professional and we will then notify you in advance of your assessment stage about any adjustments (if any) that can be allowed. Candidates should highlight to us any intention to seek an adjustment in the recruitment process at the outset of applying.
You should email PoliceStaffRecruitment@psni.police.uk if you have any queries.
If you would like to request a reasonable adjustment during the assessment stage of the recruitment process please refer to the guidance document which outlines all relevant instructions.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland welcomes applications from people with Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). You will have the opportunity to declare your intention to seek a reasonable adjustment relating to the assessment stage of the recruitment process when completing your online application form. As part of the application process if you wish to declare reasonable adjustment needs relating to Dyslexia or other Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), you will be obliged to submit your most recent diagnostic report in support of your request from a qualified Educational Psychologist or other suitably qualified professional (e.g. certain chartered psychologists or in some circumstances specialist teachers with a current Practicing Certificate in SpLD Assessment). Full and complete supporting evidence must be provided by email to PoliceStaffRecruitment@psni.police.uk no later than 10 working days after the closing date. We would therefore advise you to get your paperwork in order now in readiness to send when required.
Your report(s) will be reviewed by a suitably qualified professional and we will then notify you in advance of your assessment event about any adjustments (if any) that can be allowed. Candidates should highlight to us any intention to seek an adjustment in the recruitment process at the outset of applying.
If you have another communication need you should email PoliceStaffRecruitment@psni.police.uk with the detail – the Police Staff Recruitment Team will get in touch with you to assess if any necessary adjustments to assessment conditions are needed.
If you would like to request a reasonable adjustment testing please refer to the guidance document which outlines all relevant instructions.