Police Constables: overview
Cheshire Constabulary are pleased to be part of the National Uplift Programme and during 2021 to support with this campaign our recruitment adverts may close early, if we receive the desired number of applications before the closing date.
For this reason we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
If you miss your opportunity, or perhaps need more time, please register your interest here and we will email you ahead of our recruitment window opening again.
We are a high-performing, ambitious force where energy, enthusiasm, a commitment to openness and a willingness to drive improvement is essential. We work collaboratively with other forces as part of our award winning, Multi Force Shared Service and we are currently entering a BlueLight Collaboration with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and continue to explore other opportunities.
Cheshire Constabulary is committed to Equality and Diversity and is keen to recruit people with a wide range of skills and experiences and an understanding of cultural issues. We like, where possible, to recruit local people, with local knowledge, so we can increasingly reflect the wonderfully diverse communities we serve across Cheshire. We are particularly encouraging people to join us with protected characteristic to work across the communities who are under-represented in the Force.
Find out about our Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship.
Recruitment is currently closed.
Working as a Police Constable is an exciting and rewarding career with the chance to explore academic and vocational opportunities.
Constables are at the frontline of the criminal justice system. They are required to deal with crime, missing people, sudden deaths, family feuds, child abuse, community tensions and much more.
To handle this effectively, a strong ability to engage with a diverse range of communities is vital. Police Constables work as part of a team and under general supervision, but will often operate independently.
Your responsibilities will include the protection of life and property, the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order through a range of sworn powers in line with organisational standards.
The role is a challenging and varied one. The training you receive will assist you to deal with these situations successfully but you will need to be comfortable in dealing with a variety of incidents day-to-day as they occur.
Policing will enable you to work in partnership with the public and other organisations and make a difference to the local community. You will have a key role in supporting victims and witnesses and providing reassurance to individuals who have been subjected to crime and anti-social behaviour.
Many people will look to you for guidance and protection and to provide this effectively you will need to be able to see things from their perspective, tailoring your approach to address their particular needs and fears.
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.
To be eligible applicants must meet at least one of the following entry qualification criteria:
- The minimum eligibility requirement to apply to be a Police Constable (IPLDP) with Cheshire Constabulary is for applicants to hold a level 3 qualification (2x A Level grade A*- D) or equivalent Level 3 at the time of applying.
have achieved an academic or vocational qualification gained outside England and Wales which is considered by the UK National Recognition Information Centre to be a level 3 qualification.
In addition to meeting at least one of the above 'Education eligibility' criteria, at the time of application candidates must also:
- be a European Economic Area (EEA) National or a Swiss National. (Commonwealth citizens and Foreign Nationals are also eligible to apply but are required to have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period.)
- have resided in the UK for three continuous years immediately prior to application
- be aged at least 17 years of age
- possess a full UK manual driving license.
- not have tattoos which cause offence, are excessive or considered unprofessional.
- ideally not have a criminal record. Any previous criminal convictions or cautions (including those spent), fixed penalty notices, traffic offences or any involvement with the police must be declared.
- not be registered bankrupt, subject to County Court Judgements or Independent Voluntary Agreements.
- be prepared to work shifts and serve anywhere in the Cheshire area.
- be dedicated to providing a service to the people of Cheshire and be prepared to uphold the Police Service Statement of Common Purpose and Values.
- meet the basic eligibility criteria to become a Police Constable.
The Standards required of a Police Officer are laid out nationally in the Code of Ethics, which can be accessed via the College of Policing website.
Applicants will only be considered if they meet the above essential criteria.