When applying to Cheshire Constabulary as a Special Constable, you will progress through a number of stages. These stages are listed below to help you understand the process you are about to embark on. All candidates are required to successfully pass every stage of the process to become part of the Special Constabulary.
We are an equal opportunities employer and are committed to attracting, supporting and developing a workforce representative of the communities that we police and serve. We strive to ensure that all personnel practices, including recruitment are applied consistently and fairly. As such we expect all staff involved in the recruitment process to share this commitment.
Therefore, 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. This is supported through our Standards of Practice and Unconscious Bias training that is delivered to all of our assessors.
At the end of each stage of the recruitment process, you will be notified whether or not you have been successful and therefore eligible to proceed to the next stage. All correspondences will be sent via email.
We welcome applications from all members of the community who are keen to serve our communities and who meet out eligibility and recruitment standards.
Reasonable adjustments and accommodations
It is important that you consider if you would like to request arrangements that will assist you in completing the selection process. For example, in relation to disability, dyslexia, learning difficulties, pregnancy, menopause, religion or belief, injury etc. Any requests for reasonable adjustments will be considered and arranged where possible. This information will be treated with the utmost confidence. If you require any support or further information please email us at the earliest opportunity.
You are required to complete an application form. The application form consists of personal information as well as regarding your motivation for applying to be a Special Constable with Cheshire Constabulary.
During the eligibility stage we will check that you meet all of the criteria previously detailed before continuing with your application; these will include:
Any potential conflicts of interest
If you do not meet the eligibility criteria your application will not be progress with and you will be withdrawn from the recruitment process.
Further information about eligibility criteria can be found within the eligibility section.
Candidates successful through eligibility checks will be invited to complete the National Sift. This will include the following two exercises:
Situational Judgement Test (SJT)
Behavioural Style Questionnaire (BSQ)
These exercises are used to assess capabilities, strengths and behaviours which are important within the role of Special Constable.
Cheshire Constabulary interview
Candidates successful at the initial application stage and meet the Cheshire Constabulary standard will be invited to an in force interview. This is a panel interview in front of Operational Officers and Police Staff representatives which will last approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
The Interview will be assessed against the Competency and Values Framework (CVF). Candidates will be required to demonstrate their values across the interview, providing the rationale and evidence (Level 1) to demonstrate their suitability for the role of Special Constable with Cheshire Constabulary.
The panel members will all have received an interview briefing as well as training in Standards of Practice and Unconscious Bias to ensure fairness and legitimacy of process.
Candidates who pass interview stage will receive an update on how their application will be progressed. Candidates are progressed in line with the principles detailed above and the intake numbers, a candidates application may be put on hold.
A conditional Offer of employment will be issued to candidates who are being progressed onto an intake. Candidates will not automatically receive a conditional offer if they pass the interview stage, a candidates application may be put on hold.
The pre-employment checks that you will be required to successfully complete within the agreed timescales are as follows:
Signed GP statement (fees payable by applicant)
Opticians (fees payable by applicant) - Cheshire Constabulary is a force which does require individuals to meet Group 2 DVLA standards and therefore must be able to undertake blue light driving.
Occupational Health (medical appointment)
Drug screening Test
Final vetting/security checks
If you require further information on the medical standards including eye sight standards, please visit the gov.uk website
Candidates have two attempts to complete the fitness test, candidates will be invited back to re-take the fitness test 3 weeks after their initial attempt. Failure to complete it on the second attempt will result in your application being withdrawn.
Any non-attendance or delay in attending appointments or this stage of the process may result in you not meeting a specific intake date and you application to join Cheshire Constabulary either being put on hold or being withdrawn.
To ensure you are fit enough to be a police officer, you will undertake a fitness test.
We are looking for the minimum standard to demonstrate you will be able to work effectively as a police officers.
If successful at all these stages, you will be offered a formal offer of employment for this volunteer position and Once you have received a formal offer you will be placed on the Specials Initial Foundation Training Course which takes place at headquarters in Winsford.
The training programme is estimated to take 3 months to complete, and training is scheduled to take place on a Saturday apart from Personal Safety Training. This will take place on three consecutive weekends on both Saturday and Sunday.
The course is designed to ensure that you are thoroughly grounded in the basic aspects of police work before you can begin to carry out police duties. You will be trained in self-defence, powers of arrest, points of law and preparing evidence for court, among other things.