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Officers who currently work for a Non Home Office Force maybe eligible to apply to Cheshire Constabulary to be recruited into force.
Officers apply to Cheshire Constabulary for a number of reasons, for some it is our reputation as a forward facing force, others are looking for promotion or specialist opportunities, our ‘family-feel’ appeals to some and of course plenty do so for personal reasons.
Cheshire Constabulary is a good police force but the ambition is to be outstanding in everything that we do. Cheshire’s approach is based on neighbourhood policing with a strong ethos of evidence-based practice and problem solving.
As a police officer here in Cheshire, you will be at the very heart of protecting local communities, driven by motivation to keep people safe and you will pride yourself on acting with integrity and honesty and have the highest respect for diversity amongst your colleagues and the communities you serve.
Whatever your motivations for wishing to apply to Cheshire you can be assured that the knowledge, skills and experience that you bring will be valued and welcomed from day one.
If you are an officer from a non-Home Office police force such as:
You will need to meet (or have met prior to appointment) the qualifications for appointment to a Home Office police force as outlined in Regulation 10 of the Police Regulations.
As well as the standard eligibility criteria to be a police officer, you must meet the standard of entry assessment. This can either be via having previously passed the College of Policing standard recruitment assessment process or demonstrating competence in a role that meets the same standards.
When applying to Cheshire Constabulary each application will be reviewed on a case by case basis and the decision whether to progress or withdraw your application from the recruitment process with be at the discretion of our Chief Officers.
In addition to the above you are required to meet the following eligibility criteria:
Cheshire have an ongoing advert for officers applying to Cheshire Constabulary from Non-Home Office Forces, which is always open and readily available for applicants to submit an application.
The following information is asked for:
If you pass this application process and the force has a need to recruit your particular skill set, knowledge and experience, you application will be progressed through to Chief Officers who will make the decision under Regulation 10 if we are able to continue with your application.
If we are able to progress with your application form, you will be invited to the assessment stage of the recruitment process.
We are aware that members of certain non-Home Office police forces may have already passed a College of Policing recruitment assessment, either the current Online Assessment process or the former SEARCH® or Day One assessment centre, as part of a previous recruitment process; there is no expectation that these candidates repeat this process as part of recruitment to Cheshire Constabulary.
If you have not previously passed a College of Policing recruitment assessment, either the current Online Assessment process or the former SEARCH® or Day One assessment centre you may be asked to undertake and pass the Online Assessment Centre as part of the recruitment process. However, if you are able to demonstrate competence in role that meets the same standards you will not have to complete this stage of the process. This decision is at the discretion of our Chief Officers.
Once you have passed the application and assessment stage of the recruitment process, you will be invited to attend a competency and values based initial interview assessed against the Competency Values Framework at a level appropriate to your rank.
In addition to the initial interview assessment, depending on your rank, you will be required to have a further competency-based assessment with the Deputy Chief Constable.
If you pass the Interview process and the force has a need to recruit to your particular skill set, knowledge and experience, you will be progressed through to the Conditional Offer stage of the process.
We will conduct the following pre-employment checks as part of your application to Cheshire Constabulary:
Those successful at pre-employment checks will be issued a formal offer and progressed to an intake date. As per Regulation 10, as a new recruit you will be required to undertake an initial learning programme, either the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) (where applicable) or an appropriate Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) entry programme, subject to the provisions of the determination under Regulation 10 (Annex BA).
Cheshire Constabulary will assess all prior experience and learning, accrediting previous experience, courses and learning programmes previously completed during your service which may result in a reduction of the overall length of time that you are in training.
If you are applying at the rank of Sergeant or Inspector you will be required to meet (or have met) the national promotion standard, the National Police Promotion Framework (NPPF), in accordance with the provisions of the Police (Promotion) Regulations 1996.
Once recruited to Cheshire Constabulary, if you are appointed as a PC you will be appointed on a probation period for a minimum of two years as outlined in Regulation 12. If you are appointed to a higher rank than Police Constable if is at the discretion of Cheshire Constabulary Chief Officers the probationary period that you will be subject to.
The pay point and annual leave entitlement that you are appointed on is at the discretion of Cheshire Constabulary Chief Officers and in line with Police Regulations 2003.