Life on the beat isn’t for everyone, but that doesn't mean you can't work for Cheshire Police. If the boots aren't up your street, life as a member of police staff just might be. Your skills, experience and expertise could be what we're looking for.
Supporting our front line services requires a large multi-disciplined team working together and making best use of the skills and resources available. It’s these skilled people who provide the organisational capability to police Cheshire.
We have a number of potential career options for you to consider including operationally supportive roles, such as Force Control Centre, Helpdesks, Crime Scene Investigators and Fleet Services. We also offer a number of police staff roles across a variety of departments including Human Resources, IT, Multi Force Shared Services, Procurement, Legal and Communications.
Our force serves a population of over one million people spread across a geographic area measuring 919 square miles.
Cheshire encompasses areas of great diversity, from large rural expanses to areas of extensive heavy industry and urban areas including Chester and Warrington with their vibrant commercial, retail and leisure facilities. We are very proud of our county and are committed to providing the best service possible to our communities.
Cheshire Constabulary is proud to offer an employee benefits package that provides a range of opportunities and options for all.
Just a few of these employee benefits are outlined below:
Flexi time is offered for certain Police Staff roles. We are a family friendly organisation; through offering flexi time we can better accommodate the individual needs of our employees thus increasing job satisfaction. This scheme allows employees to balance work and their personal obligations.
All Police Staff and Officers can claim discount using their Force Identity Card at a number of places including; Domino’s, Vue Cinema, Nandos & Pizza Hut to name just a few. Employees can also purchase a blue light discount card.
Employees who meet the eligibility criteria are entitled to enhanced maternity benefits.
Cheshire Constabulary has a Wellbeing Zone that is available to all employees. The Wellbeing Zone aims to give employees a range of professionally constructed health and fitness programmes, covering all aspects of wellbeing to help and support you.
HealthWorks is the Constabulary’s occupational health provider offering a range of occupational health services, including absence management assessments, health surveillance services, pre-placement health assessments, vaccination services and the provision of strategic health advice to the Constabulary.
The service is a “doctor led” service with a triage facility to ensure that our employees are seen by the most appropriate health professional.
At the end of 2015, the Constabulary signed the Blue Light Time to Change pledge working with MIND Charity, which commits the organisation to ending mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace. The Blue Light Infoline offers confidential, independent and practical support, advice and signposting around mental health and wellbeing.
The Constabulary offers employees a range of employee support networks; these networks provide staff and officers support by sharing information and experience.
For certain roles you will be required to have obtained a specific level of qualification or have sufficient experience of working in the required field. On your application form you must ensure you list all qualifications you have achieved.
If a role profile states the successful applicant has quite a generic qualification e.g. NVQ level 3 then the qualification can be in any subject from Accountancy to Zoology, but if the role profiled asks for a specific level of qualification e.g. Grade C in English then you must be able to demonstrate you have that specific grade.
If you have not got the required level of qualification, you must ensure that you evidence on your supporting statement that you have the relevant level of experience to be successful in post.
If you do not provide evidence of your qualification and / or level of experience then your application will not meet the minimum eligibility criteria and your application will be withdrawn from the process.
To work at Cheshire Constabulary, you will also have to uphold the Police Service Statement of Common Values.
For all positions candidates are required to complete an online application form. Applications will then be shortlisted and successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview.
When completing the required supporting statement, please ensure you provide evidence that links in to the Role Profile including the roles and responsibilities, Qualifications and Experience Section.
Interview questions are currently based on the Personal Qualities relevant to the role. The Personal Qualities can be found on the Role Profile attached to the advert.
Those who are successful at interview receive a conditional offer which is subject to successfully passing pre-employment checks which consist of; referencing, medical questionnaire & vetting clearance.
It is strongly advised that candidates do not hand in their notice to their current employer until all pre-employment checks are complete and a final offer is issued. Cheshire Constabulary reserves the right to retract an offer of employment at any stage of the on-boarding process.
Honesty and integrity is at the forefront of everything that we do, therefore you are advised to be open and honest on your application form and at all other stages of the on-boarding process.
Training and development
For roles in specialised fields, Cheshire Constabulary will provide the training required but background knowledge helps. For example, a Forensic Science degree or studies in science can help if you want to become a Crime Scene Investigator, but you would still need to attend a course set up by the Police.
Once you are employed by Cheshire Constabulary you are able to complete several different E-Learning training packages, and you may have the option to go on various courses relevant to your role.
Cheshire Constabulary is an equal opportunities employer and we want to have a workforce representative of the communities that we police and serve. As an employer, we strive to ensure that all our personnel practices, including recruitment, promotion and development are applied consistently and fairly and that the overriding principle governing selection is merit. We are not fully representative yet and we are addressing this imbalance through a variety of initiatives and by ensuring the conduct and behaviour of our staff is beyond reproach.
Cheshire Constabulary is a Disability Confident Employer. Candidates who have stated that they have a disability and meet all the essential requirements of the role will be automatically invited to the next stage of the recruitment process.