North Yorkshire Police are currently looking for new police constables.
While being a police officer will offer you a challenging and versatile work environment, not everyone is cut out for the job.
Shift patterns will range from nights to lates and earlies, four days on and four days off in a fast-paced 24/7 environment, where no two shifts will be the same.
From being the first on the scene and making arrests, you will investigate a wide range of crimes such as burglaries and assaults, going that extra mile to ensure the best chance of securing a conviction.
The role will also offer you career progression and a chance to specialise in an area that interests you the most such as major crime or counter terrorism.
Does that sound like something that would interest you?
Then check out the list below to find what it takes to become a North Yorkshire Police officer as there are several things you either must do or cannot do.
You must be aged 17 or over at the point of application and must be 18 by the time you are appointed.
There is no upper age limit although the compulsory retirement age for constables is 60 years and there is a two-year probationary period.
Health, fitness and eyesight
Applicants must be in good health, of sound constitution and able both physically and mentally to perform the duties of a police officer once appointed.
Successful applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment or who are placed in a pool of successful candidates will be asked prior to appointment to fill in a medical questionnaire and undertake a medical examination which will also include an eyesight test.
Failure to meet the medical and eyesight standards will mean you cannot be appointed.
You will also be required to pass a physical fitness test.
There are different routes into policing. For an entry role you must posses a Level 2 Qualification in Maths and English Language (equivalent to GCSE grade A-C or Level 4 or above).
You must also possess a Level 3 qualification within the meaning of Section 3 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 or the equivalent experience.
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Where an applicant does not hold a level 3 qualification, training or work experience will be considered – whether undertaken in or outside England and Wales – which is considered to be equivalent to a level 3 qualification.
North Yorkshire Police require a full UK driving licence on application.
If you hold a driving licence, full or provisional, please include your driving licence number and category.
You must pass the police security vetting clearances.
Honesty is of the highest importance in policing.
If you have a criminal record, this doesn’t mean you won’t be considered. It depends on the nature of your conviction and circumstances will be considered on an individual basis.
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To be eligible for appointment you must be a British citizen or a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area, or Switzerland.
Commonwealth citizens and other foreign nationals are also eligible but only if they are resident in the UK free of restrictions.
If you are a Commonwealth citizen or other foreign national, you must provide proof that you have no restrictions on your stay in the UK.
Tattoos are not a bar to appointment.
However, the force says some tattoos could potentially offend members of the public or colleagues, or could bring discredit to the police service.
It depends on their size, nature and location, and sometimes on the extent.
Members of the public are largely accepting of police officers and staff with visible tattoos.
Visible tattoos are unacceptable if they could reasonably be interpreted as discriminatory or offensive and/or indicate attitudes or views inconsistent with the College of Policing’s Code.
Careful consideration will be given to any tattoo on the neck, face or hands in deciding if it is acceptable.
This includes considering the size, nature and prominence of the tattoo. Keep this guidance in mind when deciding whether to have such a tattoo.
Membership of British National Party or similar
The police service has a policy of prohibiting any of their officers, or staff or volunteers from becoming members of the British National Party (BNP), Britain First, Combat 18 or the National Front, whose aims, objectives or pronouncements may contradict the duty to promote race equality.
If you are a member of the BNP or similar, your application will be rejected.
Unless the chief officer decides otherwise, you will not normally be eligible for appointment as a police officer if you have any of the following business interests:
• You hold any office or employment for hire or gain (other than as a police officer) or you carry on any business.
• Your spouse or partner or any other relative living with you keeps a shop or similar in North Yorkshire.
• You, your spouse or partner or any relative living with you holds or has a financial interest in any licence or permit relating to liquor licensing, refreshment houses or betting and gaming or the regulation of places of entertainment in North Yorkshire.
However, the chief officer may decide to allow the business interest, if he/she thinks it is compatible with being a member of the force.
Applicants will have their financial status checked.
These checks are carried out because police officers have access to privileged information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption.
Applicants with outstanding county court judgements, who have been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, will be rejected.
If you have discharged bankruptcy debts you will need to provide a Certificate of Satisfaction with your application.
How to apply
The roles available are for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship entry route only.
North Yorkshire Police are not currently accepting applications for the Degree Holder Entry Programme.
You have until 9am on Monday, January 25 to apply. You can apply here.
If you have a learning difficulty and require reasonable adjustments in completing your application form email HRTalent&Resourcing@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk.
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