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Police Officer Recruitment - England & Wales

Details of Entry Requirements and How to Apply.

General Entry Requirements - Police Constable

The basic criteria required for application is:

  • Aged between 18 years and  55 years (age limit can vary depending on the force).
  • A British, Irish or a Commonwealth citizen (whose stay in this country is not subject to restriction)
  • Of good character
  • Physically fit and healthy
  • A full driving licence (or in the process of learning)

The pay and conditions of service for a constable can be found by clicking this link to Pay and Conditions

To apply click this link to the Home Office Police Recruitment Site for England and Wales only and complete the online enquiry. A representative from the Police force of your choice will then contact you.


General Entry Requirements - Special Constable

Special Constables are ordinary members of the public who give up their own time in order to assist the regular officers in their duties. Special Constables have the same powers as a regular officer and are required to attend for duty for a minimum number of hours per month normally around 16-18 hours. The role is unpaid, but the uniform is provided free and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses are paid by the force.  

The basic criteria required for application is:

  • Aged between 18 years and  50 years (age limit can vary depending on the force).
  • A British, Irish or a Commonwealth citizen (whose stay in this country is not subject to restriction)
  • Of good character
  • Physically fit and healthy
  • People in certain jobs are not suitable due to conflicts of interests e.g. licensees, security officers and court officials etc.

To apply for the Special Constabulary use the Police Links page to go to the web site of the force you wish to join. The forces own site will give you details of the e-mail address, telephone number or postal address you need to contact for an application form for that forces Special Constabulary.

If you have any queries or are in any doubt regarding entry requirements, please contact your local Police force recruitment section for guidance. Find their web site by using the Police Links page.

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