Are you the right person to become a Police Constable?
This section contains details on Cheshire Constabulary's
recruiting requirements to become a Police Constable. These cover
age, residency, health, physical fitness, eyesight, financial and
legal status as well as educational requirements.
We also recommend you take some simple judgement tests on the
‘Police Could You’ website to find out if you have the right skills
to be a Police Officer.
Being a police officer is not just having a demanding job. The
public have to be able to put great trust in police officers who
hold very significant powers and responsibilities. The 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.
(http://www.college.police.uk/en/20972.htm) Before deciding to
apply to be a police officer please read the code and consider very
carefully whether these are standards you can commit to
demonstrating at all times both during and outside working
People wishing to join Cheshire Constabulary must be:
- A holder of the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) from
a College of Policing approved provider
- At least 18 years old
- A British citizen, a Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the
Irish Republic or a Foreign National with unrestricted right of
residence in the UK
- Resident for three years in UK prior to application
- Be able to pass a fitness and medical assessment
- Meet the eyesight standard
- Prepared to work shifts and serve anywhere in the Cheshire
- Dedicated to providing a service to the people of Cheshire and
be prepared to uphold the Police Service Statement of Common
Purpose and Values
You must not be a member of the following organisations:
- The British National Party
- Combat 18
- The National Front
You must not have an ongoing application with another Police
Force or had an application to the Cheshire Police or any other
police force rejected at the following stages:
- Rejection at Assessment Centre in the past six months
- Rejection at Physical Test in the past six months after three
- Rejected at Force Interview in the past six months
Previous Convictions and Cautions
Each case is considered individually. However, any cautions or
convictions as an adult for violence, dishonesty or serious
motoring offences may lead to a rejection of your application.
Applicants will have their financial status checked. These
checks are carried out because Police Officers have access to
privileged information which may make them vulnerable to
Applicants with either outstanding County Court Judgements, IVAs
or who have been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts will be
rejected. If you have discharged your debts, you will need to
provide a Certificate of Satisfaction with your application.
The eyesight standards you need to meet either with or without
spectacles or contact lenses are:
- Unaided: If you wear spectacles or contact lenses you should
also be able to reach 6/36 without your spectacles or lenses
- Aided: 6/12 or better with either eye 6/6 or better with both
- The use of colour correcting lenses and sever colour vision
deficiencies (monochromats) are unacceptable.
- Severe anomalous dichromats or trichomats are acceptable.
- LASIK, LASEK, PRK and epiflap cataract surgery are acceptable
providing six weeks has elapsed since surgery.
- Radial Keratotomy, Arcuate Keratotomy or Corneal Grafts are
You will need an optician to sign that you meet the standards.
If you have had your eyes tested in the last 12 months, a copy of
the test results should be sufficient.
It is okay for you to have tattoos but we will need to see a
photograph to ensure you do not have any tattoos which could cause
offence. Tattoos are not acceptable if they are particularly
prominent, garish, offensive or undermine the dignity and authority
of your role.
Police officers encounter stressful situations, trauma, physical
confrontation and work long hours on shifts. They need to be
resilient enough to cope with the demands and pressures of police
work. Applicants must therefore be in good health mentally and
physically to undertake police duties. If you pass the recruitment
stages, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire
and get it signed by your doctor. You will then undergo a medical
examination to ensure you meet the health standards required.
Take a look at the Medical Standards for more information about
some of the conditions that can exclude you from joining Cheshire
The purpose of the fitness test is to ensure that candidates
have a basic level of fitness for entry into the police
You will carry out a shuttle run over a 15 metre area and run in
time with a bleep. At the end of each level, the time in between
the bleeps is shortened and you therefore have to run faster to
keep up with the pace. You will complete four shuttle runs and the
recruit pass mark is level 5.4. This involves running for
approximately 3 minutes 40 seconds.
Currently all applications are considered on attendance for the
two years previous to the date of application. There are certain
absences that may be discounted for the following reasons:
1. The absence is covered by the Disability Discrimination
2. The absence was considered a one off (usually an
3. The absence was pregnancy related.
All candidates that exceed the parameters will not be able to
apply for roles until their attendance meets the required