Police Constables (PCs)

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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 license.
  • 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.

Applicants will only be considered if they meet the above essential criteria.

 

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 £23,124, potentially rising to £38,382 within your first 7 years (correct at time of printing).

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 2 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 opportunities for individuals who decide upon this as their career pathway.

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

Cheshire Constabulary reserves the right to retract an offer at any stage of the on-boarding process.

As an employer, we strive to ensure that all of our processes around recruitment, progression and development are open and transparent and applied consistently and fairly.

We recognise that there is still a great deal of work to be done if we are to be fully representative and are addressing these gaps through a wide variety of work and initiatives including the development and roll out of more familiarisation events which provide useful information to potential applicants on not only the roles which they are interested in applying for but also the key stages of the application process with handy hints and tips on how to make a successful application.

The Insight Programme aims to increase the representation of females, BME, LGBT or members of the community with a disability.

Visit the Insight Programme page for more information.

 

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.

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 from MFSS Resourcing.

We welcome applications from all members of the community who are willing to work at any location across the county and who meet out eligibility and recruitment standards.

Reasonable Adjustments & 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 mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk at the earliest opportunity.

 

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 your application will not be progress with and you will be withdrawn from the recruitment process.

Further information about eligibility criteria can be found on the College of Policing website www.college.police.uk

The SEARCH Assessment Centre will take place at Cheshire Constabulary Headquarters, Winsford.

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
  • Numerical reasoning test
  • Verbal logical reasoning test
  • Two written exercises
  • Four interactive exercises

Further information about eligibility criteria can be found on the College of Policing website www.college.police.uk

This stage of the recrutment process is where Cheshire Constabulary actively applies positive action.

Candidates successful at the SEARCH Assessment Centre who 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.

Each candidate will be asked set questions based on the personal qualities for the role of a police constable. These will be assessed against set criteria and will be awarded with a PASS or FAIL at this stage of the process.

 

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 from MFSS Resourcing on how their application will be progressed. Candidates are progressed in line with the prinicples 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.  Candidates are advised not to hand their notice into their current employer upon receipt of a 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
  • References

If you require further information on the medical standards including eye sight standards, please visit the College of Policing website www.college.police.uk

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.

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

Candidates are advised, not to hand in their notice until they have received their Final Offer of Employment.

You will commence your 16 weeks 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.

Cheshire Constabulary reserves the right to retract an offer at any stage of the on-boarding process.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Due to the large number of applications we envisage to receive we are not in a position to provide any feedback in relation the application form or interview. If candidates would like to receive feedback on the Assessment Centre, you will have to contact the College of Policing direct. 

No, you are strongly advised not to hand your notice into your current employer until you have received your Formal Offer.  Successful candidates will receive their Formal Offer of Employment once all pre-employment checks have been successfully completed and an intake date confirmed.

Any tattoos which could be construed as being offensive to any religion or belief, is in any way discriminatory, violent or intimidating, will not be accepted to join Cheshire Constabulary. If you declare that you have tattoos you are required to provide a brief description of these tattoos along with clear photographs at the point of application. 

Regular updates will be provided and candidates can also contact MFSS Resourcing about their application by emailing mfss.resourcing@cheshire.pnn.police.uk.  Candidates are advised not to call 999 or 101 in relation to their application. 

No. To be eligible to apply, you must be age 18 years at the point of application. 

These details can be found on the advert. 

You are not eligible to apply if you have a live application form at any stage with another police force.  If you have applied to be a police constable with Cheshire and were unsuccessful at the interview stage with Cheshire Constabulary within the last 6 months you are not eligible to apply.

If not in a commutable distance to Cheshire Constabulary you may need to consider moving to an area closer to work as if successful through the recruitment process you may be posted to any of our Local Policing Units across Cheshire.

There is no maximum age limit on applications, candidates are required to be both physically fit and healthy to perform policing duties safely and effectively.

Any significant changes in personal circumstances during your application, such as permanent partner, new residents at your home, change of address, arrests, cautions or convictions or association with criminals should be notified to MFSS Resourcing.

Each application is considered on an individual basis and reviewed by our Occupational Health Department.

The probationary period for a police officer is two years.

Police officers work a 40 hour week. Depending on where you are posted, the shift patterns may vary. A shift pattern will consist of early shifts, late shifts, night shifts, bank holidays and weekend shifts. Operational demands may require your rostered shift/rest days to be cancelled and re-scheduled at short notice.

The initial two year probationary period is full-time. Once your probation has been confirmed a request for flexible working can be made.

Support is avaible throughout the recruitment process for applicants with a protected characteristic.  For more information regarding the support available please email our Positive Action team at Corporate.HR.Admin@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

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.