Police Constables (PCs)

In Cheshire Constabulary, we have officers from all different backgrounds in a variety of roles protecting and serving the communities of Cheshire.

Whatever your background; your skills, knowledge and personal attributes could bring something unique and valuable to Cheshire Constabulary. 

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.

So you want to be a Police Constable

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:

  • Have completed and passed the Level 3 Certificate in Knowledge of Policing from a College of Policing approved provider.
  • Have reached an educational standard of 2 x A Levels (or above) or an equivalent ‘Level 3’ qualification. Note: individuals with qualifications higher than the minimum educational requirement will also be eligible to apply.
  • 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' entry qualification 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 18 years of age.
  • Possess a full UK manual driving licence.
  • Not have a live application form at any stage of the police constable recruitment process with another police force.
  • Not have applied to become a Police Constable and been unsuccessful at the interview stage with Cheshire Constabulary in the last six months.
  • 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.

For more detailed information about the above criteria, please see the Cheshire Constabulary Information Pack for Police Constable Recruitment.

Applicants will only be considered if they meet the above essential criteria. A more detailed list of the required eligibility criteria can be found in the information pack. All applicants are advised to read the information pack before applying.

You should also read the Police Professional Framework document which details the competencies for the role of a police officer.

 

Before you apply

As a Police Constable with Cheshire Constabulary you’ll get the chance to make a difference and really contribute to the lives of the people in the community, build relationships and tackle crime.  Your job will be to reduce crime and the fear of crime, and promote confidence among local people that the police understand and are prepared to deal with the issues that matter most to them.

If you’ve got what it takes, we can offer you a wide range of benefits and rewards.

Cheshire Constabulary is proud to offer a benefits package that provides a range of opportunities and options for all.  Some of these are detailed below, further information can be found at employee benefits.

Salary

As a new Police Constable, you’ll receive a starting salary of £22,896, potentially rising to £38,001 within your first 7 years (figures published August 2017)

Leave

The starting annual leave entitlement is 22 days per year, rising to 30 days a year depending on your length of service. This is on top of public holidays in lieu. You can also expect other forms of leave, including maternity, paternity and adoption leave, special leave (with or without pay) and parental leave.

Pensions

When you start as a new Police Constable you’ll receive automatic membership of the police pension scheme. This isn't compulsory, so you can choose to opt out if you want to.

Joining Cheshire Constabulary as a new Police Constable is the start of an exciting and rewarding journey that could take you anywhere.

During your first two years with the force, you’ll be working alongside experienced response officers and putting your training into practice where no two days are the same – dealing with everything from anti-social behaviour and burglary to missing people and domestic incidents. 

After completing a two-year probationary period as a student officer you will become a full Police Constable, where we offer a range of training and continuing professional development opportunities to help make the most of your skills.

Specialist roles

After becoming a Police Constable, you will be able to build upon your experience or move into a variety of specialist roles dependent on your career aspirations and the vacancies across the force. There are also promotion opportunites for individuals who decide upon this as their career pathway.

 

Applying to be a Police Constable

When applying to Cheshire Constabulary as a Police Constable, you will progress through seven 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 be recruited as a Police Constable.

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 engaged with our Positive Action initiatives, 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.

Prior to starting your application you are advised to complete the College of Policing pre-application questionnaire.

You are required to complete an application form. The application form consists of personal information, competency based questions as well as regarding your motivation for applying to be a Police Constable with Cheshire Constabulary. 

During the eligibility and marking stage we will check that you meet all of the criteria previously detailed before continuing with your application. These will include:

  •  Qualifications
  •  Tattoos
  •  Residency
  •  Declared convictions

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria (detailed above) your application will not be progress with and you will be withdrawn from the recruitment process. 

If you meet the eligibility criteria your application form will be marked by trained assessors who have received training in Standards of Practice and Unconscious Bias to ensure fairness and legitimacy of process.

You will receive an information pack around two weeks before your assessment. This will contain all the information you need to prepare yourself for the assessment centre process.

The assessment will consist of:

Competency-based structured interview

We will ask four questions about how you have dealt with certain situations in your past. The interview lasts 20 minutes and you will have five minutes to answer each question.

Your verbal communication is assessed throughout the interview.

Numerical reasoning test

We will ask you to answer multiple-choice questions which measure your ability to make logical sense of a situation. This test will last 23 minutes. You will be able to use a calculator.

Verbal logical reasoning test

This 25-minute test will be taken in a room with other candidates. We will give you a description of a situation and extra facts about it. You'll be given a number of conclusions you might come to and you will have to decide if it is true, false or impossible to say.

Two written exercises

The written exercises will each take 30 minutes.

Four interactive exercises

You will play the part of a newly-appointed customer-services officer at a fictional retail and leisure complex. More details will be in the information pack sent to you. You will receive all the information you need to deal with the situations and you should not introduce any extra information.

You will be allowed five minutes to prepare for the interactive exercise, which will involve a role-play situation with an actor.

Candidates must achieve the National College of Policing pass mark of 50% for their application form to be considered for progression to the next stages of the recruitment process with Cheshire Constabulary.

Candidates successful at the SEARCH Assessment Centre who meet the required standard of Cheshire Constabulary will be invited to an in force interview. This is a panel interview in front of operational officers and HR representatives which will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Questions will relate to the Policing Professional Framework and the interview panel are looking for evidence which demonstrates your potential to be a police officer with Cheshire Constabulary. 

The panel members will all have received training in Standards of Practice and Unconscious Bias to ensure fairness and legitimacy of process.

The interview panel will also be looking for candidates awareness of the standards required of a Police Officer, these are laid out nationally in the Code of Ethics, which can be accessed via the College of Policing website.

Candidates who pass the interview stage will be issued with a conditional offer of employment. This is an offer of employment that once you have successfully passed all stages of the pre-employment checks that you will be notified of your intake date and issued a formal offer of employment. 

Please do not hand your notice into your current employed upon receipt of the conditional offer. The pre-employment checks that you will be required to successfully complete within the agreed timescales are as follows:

  •  Fitness test
  •  Medical
    •  Signed GP statement (fees payable by applicant)
    •  Opticians
    •  Occupational health (medical appointment)
  •  Drug screening test
  •  Biometrics
    •  DNA
    •  Fingerprints
  •  Final vetting/security checks

Any non attendance or delay in attending appointments may result in you not meeting a specific intake date and you application to join Cheshire Constabulary being withdrawn.

Once we have received back satisfactory pre-employment checks you will be sent a formal offer of employment. Your start date will be dependent on when there is an intake with Cheshire Constabulary.

You will commence your training at Cheshire Police Headquarters, Winsford. Embedded within the training is the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP).

This is a national programme, led by the College of Policing, to modernise police probationer training throughout the country.

The IPLDP aims to assess student officers throughout their two year probationary period against ten National Occupational Standards.

Included within IPLPD programme:

  •  Induction
  •  Personal safety training
  •  First Aid Training
  •  Criminal law and police procedures training
  •  Community based scenario training
  •  10-week operational tutorship
  •  Assessment against the National Occupational Standards.

Once you have completed your 16 weeks initial training at Cheshire Police Headquarters, you will posted to a Local Policing Unit. 

In agreeing to starting with Cheshire Constabulary, you are agreeing to our Posting Principles which mean that you can be posted anywhere across the County of Cheshire. Our Workforce Planning team considers a range of information when deciding on your posting. As a Police Constable with Cheshire Constabulary you can be posted anywhere across the county.

As part of the recruitment process, Cheshire Constabulary will consider applications from individuals who have achieved an overall pass mark of 50% within the past 12 months at a SEARCH Assessment Centre.

If you have attended a SEARCH assessment within the last 12 months, meet the national standard of 50% or above and the Cheshire Constabulary eligibility criteria then we would be happy to consider your application and request that you contact mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk prior to applying for further advice and guidance.

INFORMATION PACK

Download the Cheshire Constabulary Information Pack for Police Constable Recruitment. 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For any information about the recruitment process please email mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk stating the force in which you are interested in joining.