Police Constables (PCs)

Recruitment

The recruitment window for Police Constable applications is now closed. 

Interested in becoming a Police Constable in Cheshire?

Being a police officer is not just about having a demanding job. The public have to be able to put great trust in police officers who hold very significant powers and responsibilities.

Cheshire Constabulary requires everyone who works for us to share our values of Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Compassion and Equality and Fairness. The standards required of police officers have now been laid out nationally in a Code of Ethics.

Before deciding to apply to be a police officer please read the Code of Ethics and consider very carefully whether these are standards you can commit to demonstrating at all times both during and outside working hours. You should also complete the pre-application questionnaire to check your eligibility and suitability for the role of a Police Constable.

If after reading the Code of Ethics and completing the questionnaire you are sure that a career as a Police Constable is for you, you should read the relevant pages on the website which will give you the information you need.

Change in recruitment process

Police officerThe recruitment process for Cheshire Constabulary has changed. Like many other Forces, the Cheshire Constabulary has moved towards requesting that those joining the force as a police officer do so with a professional qualification. This brings the police service in line with other professions, such as teaching and health, where those applying to join must have first completed a relevant academic course.

Certificate in Knowledge of Policing

Cheshire Constabulary is committed to ensuring it attracts the highest calibre of people, from as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible, as Police Constables. The College of Policing has recently recommended a minimum eligibility criterion, for Police Constable Applicants, to attain the Certificate of Knowledge in Policing (CKP). Cheshire Police has accepted this recommendation and will only accept application from people who are willing to attain the CKP as a minimum qualification prior to being issued with their Final Offer of employment. The College of Policing website has more information about the CKP and independent providers of the qualification.

Change to SEARCH Assessment Centre pass mark

With the requirement to complete the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing qualification, Cheshire Constabulary has also reviewed the SEARCH Assessment Centre pass mark. It has aligned it with the national recommendation and has adopted the national pass mark of 50%. Anyone who has achieved a SEARCH result of 50% or more within the past 12 months is now eligible to apply to Cheshire Constabulary, subject to meeting the minimum eligibility criteria of the CKP.

Policing, Law and Investigation Foundation Degree

The Constabulary has joined with the University of Chester in offering a two year Foundation degree course in Policing, Law, and Investigation, with the option of an additional third year to attain a BSc. This qualification has been designed to equip aspiring police officers with the relevant skills and knowledge required for a career as a police officer and students on this course are required to become a Special Constable in order to achieve the practical learning outcomes of the course.

An exciting and rewarding career

Working as a Police Constable is an exciting and rewarding career with the chance to explore acadamic and vocational opportunities. Not only is the selection process rigorous and demanding, but the policing role itself asks much of officers who are appointed. The job is mentally and often physically challenging and requires personal energy, resilience and commitment.

Attributes and values

So you want to be a Police Constable? You'll need to have the following attributes:

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Physical fitness
  • Sensitivity and tact
  • Communication skills
  • Drive and determination
  • Rational decision making
  • An ability to work independently and as part of a team

But first you'll have to meet our minimum requirements for age, residency and physical fitness.

You'll also have to uphold the Police Service Statement of Common Values and Cheshire Constabulary's values:

1. Service

Providing a service with the positive consent and support of all our communities.

2. Professionalism

Striving to improve our skills and expertise in order to improve performance.

3. Integrity

Maintaining the trust and confidence of our diverse communities demands us to be honest and ethical in how we conduct our business. It also requires rigorous and objective investigation and appropriate remedial action to be taken when appropriate.

4. Compassion

Delivering services in a sympathetic and considerate manner and maintaining a duty of care to victims, witnesses and the public in general.

5. Equality and Fairness

Underpinning everything we do is a commitment to equality and fairness in the delivery of services to the public and in our treatment of each other. This involves being proactive in tackling discriminatory behaviour, particularly relating to age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.

The Police Service Statement of Common Purpose and Values

The purpose of the Police Service is to uphold the law fairly and firmly; to prevent crime; to pursue and bring to justice those who break the law; to keep the Queen's Peace; to protect, help and reassure the community; and to be seen to do all this with integrity, common sense and sound judgement.

We must be compassionate, courteous and patient, acting without fear or favour or prejudice to the rights of others. We need to be professional, calm and restrained in the face of violence and apply only that force which is necessary to accomplish our lawful duty.

We must strive to reduce the fears of the public and so far as we can, to reflect their priorities in the action we take. We must respond to well founded criticism with a willingness to change.