Police Recruitment Advice

It is likely that more and more forces over the next few years will adopt the procedure of recruiting police constables internally, from existing Police Community Support Officers and Special Constables whom have served 18 months / 2 years or more. Certainly, this practice is currently being undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service and I see more and more forces following suite.

One very important point before you contact any force that is currently recruiting Special Constables. You need to apply as a Special Constable to the force that you wish to serve as a Police Constable. The reason for this, is that service in this role counts for nothing outside the force you volunteer for. So if you are a Special Constable in say Thames Valley, the Metropolitan Police is very unlikely to consider you for the role of Police Constable, regardless of how long you have been a Special Constable. So if you want to be a Police Constable in say the Metropolitan Police, you need to become a Special Constable with the Metropolitan Police (not any other force).

Note: Not all forces are likely to adopt this process.

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David Vidgen

David Vidgen is a former police recruitment manager responsible for overseeing all police recruitment marketing including application form and assessment centre practice days, recruitment website, adverts and community outreach programmes such as Gay Pride.