Eligibility Criteria

Official logo for York St John University

This page provides the eligibility requirements needed to join Humberside Police as a Police Officer and should be used alongside the Police Officer recruitment guidance.


You must be of 17 years of age or over to apply and 18 years of age by time of appointment. There is no upper age limit for applying to the police service but please take into consideration that the normal retirement age is 60. 


You must either be a British Citizen, a citizen of the EU or other states in the EEA, or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK. 


Applicants must have resided in the UK for three continuous years immediately prior to application.  Any period of travel needs to less than one year.

If you have been abroad during the last three years while serving in the UK Armed Forces or working for the UK Government, your application will still be considered.

Driving Licence

Ideally you should hold a full, valid manual EU/UK driving licence. If you do not currently hold a full manual UK/EU driving licence, you must be hold one by the end of year 1 from the date of your appointment. 

Please ensure you upload an image of the front of the driving licence (if applicable) at time of application.

Membership to British National Party (BNP) or similar group

The Police Service strictly prohibits any of their officers or staff from becoming members of organisations whose aims and objectives may contradict the duty to promote race and equality.  E.g. the BNP, National Front or Combat 18.  If you are, or have been a member of such an organisation you are not eligible to apply.

Police Officers are not permitted to take in active part in politics.

Academic Qualifications

Maths and English – Level 2 (Equivalent to GCSE A-C)

Whilst it is desirable for our applicants to have a level 2 qualification in Maths and English.

Where this is not the case, you will be required to complete the level 2 qualification  alongside your apprenticeship. You must achieve this level by the time your probation ends.

Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)

During your training you will be required to undertake study towards a BA (HONS) in Professional Policing Practice. Based on this requirement, applicants must hold a level 3 qualification this can be either an A level (or equivalent) in two subjects or an NVQ/BTEC at level 3 Equivalent qualifications are listed below: 

Hold a Level 3 Qualifications (Equivalent to 2 A levels – more information is provided in the table shown below)* Proof of qualification is required at the time of application and an image of all relevant qualifications must be uploaded at the time of application.  We are not able to accept predicted grades.

* If you have qualifications from outside the UK then please contact us before you apply so that we can make an individual assessment about whether you meet our application criteria.  If you have served in the armed forces and have successfully completed the minimum term of service (usually four years) and have achieved an exemplary reference please contact us before you apply, so that we can make an individual assessment about whether you meet our application criteria.

A requirement to be eligible to apply for the PCDA route of a Student Police Officer is any level 3 qualification that is the equivalent to 2 x A Levels. It may be possible for certain qualifications to be grouped together if your highest level of qualification does not meet the level 3 requirement on its own. 

The below table may provide some further guidance on if your qualification meets the requirement. Please note that this is just a guide for reference and is subject to change. Each qualification will be subject to eligibility checks at shortlisting.

Chart showing qualification/A level equivalence

Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

This programme is designed for those people who already have an existing level 6 honors degree in any Subject (or overseas equivalent)

Armed Forces Covenant Siler Award logo

Armed Forces

Humberside Police and York St John University are part of the Armed Forces Covenant scheme in line with this scheme, applicants must have served for at least 4 years.

You will be required to provide a copy of your training record which can be obtained from your relevant Admissions Office, which will be assessed on an individual basis.


All officers are required to comply with the dress code which states that tattoos are not acceptable if they are particularly prominent, garish, and offensive or undermine the dignity and authority of the role. 

Tattoos on the face or head are not permitted, tattoos on hands and neck will be assessed on a case by case basis.

If you have a tattoo you will be asked to provide a brief description and photographs of the tattoo. You will be required to supply two digital photographs of each visible tattoo at the time of your application: 

  • A distance photograph to clearly identify where on the body the tattoo is.
  • A close up photograph to clearly identify the images.

Each photograph should not be more than 1MB in size. Photographs need to be uploaded and attached to your application form. 

If you obtain any new tattoos at any point in the recruitment process, you are must provide photographs as detailed above to the recruitment team for consideration. Alternatively you may wish to seek prior to obtaining any new tattoos to ensure that it will not affect the outcome of your application.  

Cautions and Convictions

Police officers are not considered under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Cautions and Convictions will not necessarily preclude you from becoming a Police Officer.  It will depend on the nature and the circumstances of the offence. All applicants will undergo a comprehensive vetting check at the point of pre-employment stage.

Please note, failure to disclose cautions or convictions will result in your application being terminated.

Financial Position

Checks are carried out as Police Officers have access to privileged and highly sensitive date, which could result in them being vulnerable to corruption. All applicants have their financial status verified. 

Applicants with outstanding County Court Judgements (CCJs) or have been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, will be rejected. Are not eligible to apply.

Business Interest

You must declare any other employment or business interests you intend to maintain in order for this to be reviewed to ensure there is no conflict of interest with your role as a police officer.

Previous Applications

A candidate unsuccessful at Assessment Centre with College of Policing, is required to wait six months before being eligible to attend again.

You are not required to complete an application form if you have attended and passed the National COP online assessment / Search or Day One assessment within the last two2 years with any other force.

Please email us with details of the force you undertook the assessment with and proof that you have passed and the pathway you would like to apply for i.e. DHEP or PCDA.

Fitness test

We test endurance through a fitness shuttle run commonly known as the bleep test to level 5.4. Details about the content of the fitness test will be provided to you at a later date.

Medical Assessment

Police Officers encounter stressful situations, trauma, physical confrontation and work long hours on shifts. They need to be resilient enough to cope with the demands and pressures of police work.  Applicants must therefore be in good health mentally and physically to undertake police duties and this stage is an important part of the process.

A medical assessment will generally be carried out by our Occupational Health Support Unit where they will check the following: 

  • Bodymass (BMI) of 30 or below
  • Eye sight test
  • Colour vision
  • Lung function
  • Hearing

Eyesight Requirements

The standard of eyesight which must be met is specified below

List of the standard of eyesight which must be met in order to apply

*Acuity should be measured using a Snellen eye chart, or equivalent.

**The field of view may be tested using a confrontation test. However, it is recommended that forces use more sophisticated testing equipment, where possible. If the results of the confrontation test suggest that there is a reduced visual field, or if the results of the medical questionnaire suggest an increased risk of reduced visual field, applicants should be referred to an ophthalmologist for a thorough examination of their visual field. 

***Colour vision should be tested using the Farnsworth D-15 test. Applicants should not wear ‘colour correcting’ lenses during the colour vision tests.