Police Officer Recruitment - Frequently Asked Questions...

Is there a minimum age limit for the role of Police Constable?

Yes. You must be 18 years old to apply for the role of Police Constable. There is no upper age limit for applying to the police service, but bear in mind that the normal retirement age is 60 years and that new recruits are required to undertake a two-year probationary period.

Can I apply if I failed the NAC with Lancashire Constabulary or any other Force?

If you failed the NAC on or after 4th July 2017 then you would be ineligible to apply

Can I transfer my existing NAC score to Lancashire Constabulary?

If you passed the NAC on or after the 1st July 2017 your NAC score will still be valid to transfer, note however you must complete and pass the paper sift with Lancashire Constabulary before you are able to transfer your score.

What is the minimum NAC score I can transfer?

You  can transfer an NAC score of 50% or above, however there is no guarantee that you will be appointed due to the calibre of other candidates and the number of vacancies available.

I have a medical condition; does this prevent me from joining?

It will depend upon the nature of the medical condition. We require all applicants to pass our medical assessment to ensure you meet the BMI and health standards required. You will also be required to provide a urine sample whilst at your appointment; this will be tested for any illegal substances. 

I have tattoos; will this stop me becoming a Police Constable?

Not necessarily. If you have tattoos you will need to declare these on your application form. We will ask you to send us 2 photos of each tattoo to show us the location and nature of it/them. We will then assess the tattoo(s) against our standards.

I am not a British Citizen. Can I still apply to join Lancashire Constabulary as a Police Constable?

Yes. If you are a Foreign National or Commonwealth Citizen you must have leave to enter or remain in the UK for an indefinite period. Most EC/EEA nationals have the right to reside in the UK and so will not need to demonstrate this. You must also have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years.

I have an un-discharged County Court Judgment; am I eligible to apply to be a Police Constable?

No. Police Constables have access to sensitive information so all applicants will have their financial status checked. Applicants to the police service should normally be free from un-discharged debt or liability and able to manage existing loans. The emphasis is on the sensible management of debt.

I have an ongoing Police Constable application with another force can I still apply?

No. You must not have an ongoing application with another Police Force or, had an application to Lancashire Constabulary or any other Police Force rejected within the last 6 months.

Do I need a Driving Licence to apply?

Yes, this is an essential requirement. You must have a full driving licence at the time of applying.

I have a motoring offence(s). Can I still apply to become a Police Constable?

Lancashire Constabulary will need to assess the motoring offences. However, if you have more than three separate endorsable traffic convictions (including fixed penalties) within the last five years prior to the application date you may not be eligible to join Lancashire Constabulary as a Student Constable.

I have a criminal record. Can I still apply to become a Police Constable?

Eligibility will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence. It is not possible to set out a full list of convictions that will preclude a person from becoming a Police Constable. There may also be circumstances where an individual whose suspected involvement in crime, or criminal associations make an offer of employment inappropriate.

If I am successful in my application to become a PCSO or Special Constable, can I transfer to become a Police Constable?

No. You would have to go through the official recruitment process like all other applicants in order to qualify as a Police Constable.

I am a serving PCSO or Special Constable, can I transfer to become a Police Constable?

No. You would have to go through the official recruitment process like all other applicants in order to qualify as a Police Constable.

I would like to become a Firearms Officer/Dog Handler/Detective/Air Observer etc – if my application is successful can I join the unit straight away?

No. All newly recruited Police Constables must undergo a two year probationary period, so you could not apply for any specialist posts within Lancashire Constabulary until you have completed at least two years’ service.

Can you become a Police Constable if you wear glasses or contact lenses?

As part of the recruitment process you will need to undergo an eye test. New recruits must have at least 6/12 vision in the right or left eye, or at least 6/6 in both eyes. Those who wear glasses or contact lenses must have at least 6/36 unaided vision in both eyes. For further information please refer to the eligibility criteria.

Can you become a Police Constable if you are colour blind?

If your colour blindness is monochrome, you would be unable to apply. However, mild anomalous trichromacy is acceptable.

If I have a Disability can I apply to become a Police Constable?

Lancashire Constabulary welcomes applications from people with disabilities as defined by the Equality Act 2010 i.e. a person is disabled under this Act if they have a physical or mental impairment which has substantial and long-term (over 12 months) adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day tasks. If you consider yourself to have a disability, please inform us of the type of reasonable adjustments you might need to assist you in participating in the recruitment and selection process. Lancashire Constabulary will try to make reasonable adjustments required where practicable.

I have epilepsy. Can I still apply?

You can still apply to become a Police Constable. We will look at each case on its merits and take guidance from our Occupational Health Support Unit.

I have diabetes. Can I still apply?

You can still apply to become a Police Constable. We will look at each case on its merits and take guidance from our Occupational Health Support Unit.

I have Dyslexia. Can I still apply?

You can still apply to become a Police Constable. Should you require reasonable adjustments i.e. extra time at the Assessment Centre, you must submit a Psychologists report which was undertaken when you were aged 16 or over. This must be submitted with your completed application form. Without this report reasonable adjustments will not be made.

Is there a height restriction for a Police Constable?

No. There is no minimum or maximum height restriction.

How much will I be paid?

The starting salary for new recruits ranges from £19,578 to £22,668.  Those candidates with relevant experience from within the police service are likely to start on £22,668.  Similarly, where a candidate has other relevant experience or the possession of a relevant policing qualification, the higher starting salary may also be justified.  The decision on starting salary will be considered and justified on the merits of each individual case.

If I am successful where will I be posted?

Successful applicants should be prepared to be posted anywhere within Lancashire, postings are decided in accordance with vacancies and threat and demand.

What hours will I be working as a Police Officer?

Police Officers are required to work on a full time basis covering a 24 hour, 7 days a week rota including weekends, Bank Holidays and Christmas, Boxing and New Year’s Day.

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