Stage 6 – Pre-employment checks

If successful at the in force interview stage you will receive an offer letter stating that you will be appointed subject to satisfactorily passing vetting checks, media checks, finance checks, references, attendance criteria, medical & fitness tests and drugs & alcohol tests.

The role of a Police Officer is demanding.  During the application and selection process we will be assessing your mental and physical fitness to undertake the role.

Medical Assessment

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

You will be asked to complete a confidential medical history questionnaire.  Depending upon your medical history, we may have to contact your GP/ specialist for further information.  Once you have been declared medically fit we will then progress your application to the next stage.

Fitness Test

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


We send reference requests to all your previous employers in the last 5 years. If you haven’t been employed for 5 years, we will ask for a character reference or an educational reference.

Attendance Criteria

The Force has a sickness/absence criteria of: no more than 33 working days and/or no more than 5 separate occasions of sickness absence in the previous 3 years.

Vetting Checks

The vetting process is entirely confidential and the outcomes (other than pass/fail) are not shared with anyone else in the organisation (including trainers, future line managers or fellow trainees) or anyone outside of the organisation (including family).  We will carry out security checks on you and your:

  • Spouse/Partner
  • Father
  • Step father/mother’s partner
  • Mother
  • Stepmother/father’s partner
  • Brothers/sisters (full/half/step)
  • Children/children of your partner (only those age 10 years and over)
  • Any other adult living at your address
  • Financial circumstances – 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 Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVAs), will be assessed by the vetting unit on a case by case basis. 

Applicants with outstanding County Court Judgements (CCJs) or have been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, will be rejected. If you have discharged bankruptcy debts then you will need to provide a Certificate of Satisfaction with your application.  At least three years will need to have passed since the date of discharge.

Applicants with cautions/convictions/reprimands, other than some motoring offences, may not be accepted.

Drugs Testing

As part of the Vetting process you will be required to undergo drugs testing.  All drug testing processes are entirely confidential and only the presence of illegal substances will be disclosed to the Force Vetting Unit (by the third party drug testing laboratory). Prescribed medication, including that for individuals with certain disabilities or individuals that may be transitioning, is not tested for in the process.

Biometric Vetting

We will need to take your fingerprints and DNA samples to carry out some final vetting checks against the national police database.