About your application
The process comprises six stages and candidates must pass each one of these:
- Complete our application form
- Eligibility checks
- Pre-sift tool / online assessment
- Face-to-face interview
- Pre-employment checks
- Full offer of employment and your training begins
The most recent round of recruitment closed on 26 May 2021.
This will tell us all the initial information we need to know about you. It will also ask about your reasons for applying to join the Cheshire Constabulary family.
This is in two parts. The first covers your educational qualifications. The second includes some of your personal details.
To apply you’ll need to have:
- Level 3 qualification (two A Levels grade A*- D) or the equivalent
- OR a qualification gained outside England and Wales considered by the UK National Recognition Information Centre to be Level 3
To apply you'll need to say 'yes' to:
- I am a National of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland OR I am a Commonwealth citizen or Foreign National with leave to enter or remain in the UK for an indefinite period.
- I have lived in the UK for three continuous years immediately before my application.
- I am 17 years of age or over (there is no upper limit).
- I have a full UK manual driving licence.
- I do not have any visible tattoos which may be considered excessive, unprofessional or a cause of offence.
- I have declared a criminal record if I have one. (You must tell us about any previous convictions or cautions including those spent, fixed penalty notices, traffic offences or any involvement with the police.)
- I am not a registered bankrupt, subject to county court judgements or Independent Voluntary Agreements.
- I am prepared to work shifts and accept postings to serve anywhere in the Cheshire area.
- I am dedicated to providing a service to the people of Cheshire and am prepared to uphold the Police Service Statement of Common Purpose and Values.
- I am not a current or previous member of an extremist group or proscribed terrorist organisation or group.
If your circumstances change…
If there are any significant changes during your application such as permanent partner, new residents at your home, change of address, arrests, cautions or convictions or association with criminals you should contact us by email.
The Standards required of a police officer are laid out nationally in the Code of Ethics.
To prepare for your assessment…
- Study the documents we'll send you.
- Read the College of Policing Competence and Values Framework and think about how you might demonstrate these.
This series of modules explores the skills and values that every police constable needs. No prior policing experience is needed to complete the exercises.
IMPORTANT: to take part you'll need a computer or other device with a webcam, microphone, keyboard and a reliable internet connection.
The Situational Judgement Test
This tests your behaviour and response when faced with everyday situations that are part of a police officer's work. It lasts around 30 minutes. If you pass this, you'll immediately go on to:
The Competency-Based Video Interview
You'll answer five questions, taking around 35 minutes. Your responses will be recorded live by the system and will test your:
- Attitude to public service
- Innovative thinking and open-mindedness
- Ability to take ownership of a problem
Your responses to this online interview will be reviewed by an assessor. You'll then be sent a report with your interview score. If you pass, you’ll be invited to take part in two further exercises:
The Written Exercise
You'll take on the role of a police constable who is required to complete an urgent written report about an incident for your manager. You'll be supplied with all the information you need to create your report.
The Briefing Exercise
Again, you'll take on the role of a police constable. This time you'll be presented with a real-life policing scenario and you'll be asked a series of questions about how you'd handle the situation. (At the start of the exercise you'll be given information and materials to help you prepare your answers.)
NOTE: We are currently progressing successful assessment candidates to interview using random allocation. Please don’t worry if you are not called immediately – there will be further interview opportunities throughout 2021.
Successful assessment candidates will be invited to this panel interview with operational officers and police staff representatives. It will normally between 30 and 45 minutes.
The interview will explore your understanding of the College of Policing Competence and Values Framework.
This will help our team decide your suitability for the role of a police constable with Cheshire Constabulary.
If your interview is successful…
We’ll let you know by email and explain the next steps. Please note that depending on the volume of candidates per recruitment window, we may not always be able to keep your application on hold through the recruitment process.
Our interviews are always fair
We are an equal opportunities employer and are committed to attracting, supporting and developing a workforce representative of the communities we serve.
Throughout the recruitment process, the members of staff and assessors involved are trained to the highest standard, ensuring that the principles of the Equality Act are adhered to. Panel members will all have received an interview briefing as well as training in Standards of Practice to ensure fairness and legitimacy of our process.
Do you need any special arrangements?
For example, would you like us to take into account a disability, dyslexia, learning difficulties, injury, pregnancy, menopause, religion or belief?
Any requests for reasonable adjustments will be considered and arranged where possible and treated in the utmost confidence.
For further information please email us as early as possible.
Please note: offers of employment could be delayed
Candidates who are successful at interview may be given a conditional offer of employment immediately. Or, depending on intake numbers, that offer may be put on hold until a later date.
For this reason, we recommend that you don’t give notice to your current employer until you’re sure that we have made you a firm offer of employment.
All conditional offers following interview are subject to the completion of pre-employment checks.
Important: any non-attendance or delay in attending appointments for this stage of the process may result in you not meeting a specific intake date. Your application to join Cheshire Constabulary could then be put on hold or withdrawn.
A conditional offer of employment with us is always subject to these checks. They must be completed successfully within an agreed timescale:
- Fitness test - This must show that you have the physical fitness needed to be a police officer. If necessary you will be offered 2 further attempts within a reasonable timeframe (failure to pass first time may cause delays in your application). Failure to pass on a third attempt will mean your application is withdrawn.
- Medical tests - These comprise of a signed GP statement (fee payable by applicant), a sight test (optician fee payable by applicant) - Cheshire Constabulary requires officers to meet Group 2 DVLA standards so they are able to undertake blue light driving. The medical tests also include an Occupational Health assessment and a drugs test for screening.
- DNA and fingerprints - We hold this biometric identification data for all our officers
- Final vetting/security checks
If you progress from a conditional offer of employment to a full one after your pre-employment checks, it’s time to join the Cheshire Constabulary family.
18 weeks initial training
You’ll start your training at our Headquarters in Winsford.
At the heart of this training is the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP+). This is a national programme led by the College of Policing that’s designed to bring Police Probationer training up to date right across the UK.
The IPLDP+ will continue to assess student officers throughout their full two-year probationary period.
Cheshire Constabulary reserves the right to retract an offer at any stage of the application process.