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
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
Before deciding to apply to be a police officer please
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
The 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
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
- 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
Providing a service with the positive consent and support of all
Striving to improve our skills and expertise in order to improve
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.
Delivering services in a sympathetic and considerate manner and
maintaining a duty of care to victims, witnesses and the public in
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.