Q845: How long does the recruitment process take?
The whole process, from completing the application to a confirmed appointment date, usually takes around 6 months.
After you've sent in your application to be a police officer, a three-step process begins:
On receiving your application form, the force that you have applied to will check your eligibility and mark your responses to competency questions (if these are used by the force). If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre (step 2).
If you pass the assessment centre, you will then take a fitness test.
Next, your references will be checked, you'll undergo a background, security, medical and eyesight checks.
Some forces may choose to run additional assessment stages, such as a second interview.
If you wish to discuss any aspects of recruitment prior to submitting an application form, then you can call your local police force via their non-emergency number, 101, and ask the operator to connect you to their recruitment department. Alternatively contact your local police force online (via the link in Related Information).