Eligibility

The requirements needed for a police staff job are different for every one and the candidate specification clearly identifies the requirements to undertake the role.

We are committed to Equality and Diversity. We welcome applications from members of minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities who are currently under represented in our workforce. All applications will be treated on merit.

Listed below are the basic eligibility requirements for those wishing to become a member of police staff.

Age

You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a vacancy with Lancashire Constabulary. There is no upper age limit.

Nationality

You must be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom. Foreign nationals and UK citizens who have lived abroad may have to wait some time for security and vetting clearance.

Residency

In accordance with the College of Policing Vetting Code of Practice and associated Authorised Professional Practice (APP) candidates must meet the 3 year minimum UK residency criteria which applies to the period immediately before an application is made, and not any other time period or accumulation of time spent in the UK. 

The need for the residency rule arises from the requirement to vet all applicants in an equitable manner and to ensure applicants have a checkable history in the UK, so that meaningful vetting enquiries can be undertaken.  Applicants who cannot be vetted cannot be appointed. 

If an individual resides permanently in the UK, they are considered to be a UK resident.

An individual who has moved overseas and severed major ties to the UK (e.g. closed bank accounts and sold property) is considered to have surrendered their residency in the UK.  This would apply to people who maintain bank accounts purely for the purpose of receiving regular payments, e.g. a UK pension.

An individual who has spent a significant period of time overseas without returning to the UK but with the intention of returning in the future or who has taken a gap year before or following University or has travelled for a year or spent time overseas visiting family may be able to be considered.  Full details including dates will be required and each case considered on it’s merits.  This list is not exhaustive and is a guide only. 

An individual who has been posted overseas as part of their service with HMG or the armed forces is considered to have been resident in the UK for the period that they were abroad. 

Where an individual has been overseas as the spouse, partner or dependent of a member of the armed forces posted overseas can be considered to have been resident in the UK if their place of residence was within the confines of the establishment, e.g. a military base.  If they were residing outside this, they are considered to have been resident overseas.

Education

Please see specific requirements in the candidate specification for the vacancy you are interested in applying for. You will be required to provide certificates evidencing relevant skills and abilities if you are invited to interview.

Financial Status

All applicants will have their financial status verified through a credit reference check. These checks are carried out because police staff have access to privileged and highly sensitive information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption. Applicants to the police service should normally be free from un-discharged debt or liability and be able to manage existing loans.  The emphasis should be on the sensible management of debt.    

Applicants who have existing County Court Judgements outstanding against them or have been registered as bankrupt and have not discharged their bankruptcy will not be considered.  Applicants who have been registered as bankrupt and have discharged their bankruptcy debts will not be considered until three years after the discharge of the debt.  Debt Relief orders (DRO) will be treated in the same way as a bankruptcy.   

Careful consideration is given where a credit reference check reveals that an applicant has a current individual voluntary arrangement (IVA).  Clearance decisions will not be made until there is evidence that the applicant has maintained regular IVA repayments over a number of months and then each case will be considered on it’s merits.  The same principle applies where that are defaulted accounts.   

Applicants who can show they have and are adhering to debt management arrangements may be considered.  Documentary evidence will be required to demonstrate their commitment and adherance to any such debt management arrangements and each case will be considered on its merits.

Criminal Record

Convictions or cautions will not necessarily preclude you from appointment into police staff posts. It will depend on the role applied for and the nature and circumstances of the offending behaviour. 

You MUST declare all convictions for any past offences, formal cautions by the police (including cautions as a juvenile i.e. under 18 years of age) and any bind-overs imposed by any court, unless they are spent by virtue of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.   You must read the question on the vetting form carefully and seek advice from the Vetting Unit if you are unsure what you should include and disclose.   Failure to disclose the required information will probably result in vetting clearance being declined.

The College of Policing Vetting Code of Practice and associated Authorised Professional Practice (APP) advise that applications for a position as a 
police staff member are to be rejected in all cases where:

  • offences were committed as an adult or juvenile which resulted in a prison sentence (including custodial, suspended or deferred sentence and sentences served at a young offenders’ institution or community home); or
  • the applicant is a registered sex offender or is subject to a registration requirement in respect of any other conviction.

For all other convictions or cautions there is a rebuttable presumption that they should be rejected.  In particular, the following should result in rejection: 

  • offences where vulnerable people were targeted
  • offences motivated by hate or discrimination
  • offences of domestic abuse.

Forces are advised to take particular care where an individual has been convicted of (or cautioned for) offences of dishonesty, corrupt practice or violence.

Each case will be considered on it’s merits and, whilst the rebuttable presumption is that convictions, cautions or other sanctions should lead to rejection, there may be cases where this may be disproportionate in the circumstances. 

Due to the level of access and sensitivity of some roles/posts within Lancashire constabulary, they are designated as requiring an enhanced level of vetting.  If appropriate, you will be notified of this requirement during the recruitment process.

Tattoos

Tattoos which are particularly prominent, offensive or undermine the dignity and authority of your role are unacceptable. This guideline also applies to facial piercings. Each case will be considered on its own merits.

Membership of the BNP or a similar organisation

Lancashire Constabulary has a policy of prohibiting any of our officers or staff from becoming members of the BNP, or a similar organisation whose aims, objectives or pronouncements may contradict the duty to promote race equality. If you are, or have previously been a member of the BNP or a similar organisation, your application may be rejected.

*The Chief Constable reserves the right to reject any candidate whom he may consider unsuitable for the police service.


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