The precise details of the process you go through will depend on the specific role you are applying for.
However, all applicants for police staff roles – regardless of their seniority – can expect to go through the following broad stages.
Stage 1: Complete the application form
You will need to complete an online application form at our website. If you do not have access to the internet, telephone contact details of our recruitment team can be found alongside the job advertisement.
When completing your application form, always bear in mind what you’re trying to achieve: that is, to provide the assessors with evidence of how you meet the criteria they’re looking for. Your first task, therefore, is to go through the original job advertisement and information pack thoroughly, making sure you fully understand what those criteria are. We recommend that you read the application form guidance notes which are contained within the on line application form. When you’ve done this, you’re ready to fill in the form.
What to include
You should look to include as much relevant experience, knowledge and skills as you can within the space provided. Where possible, you should do this using examples of where you have carried out similar responsibilities in your work. If you are unable to provide work examples, you may use instances from other aspects of your life, but be sure to keep them relevant. Try also to use only fairly recent examples, avoiding anything that seems old or outdated.
Simply referring to your skills and experience isn’t always enough. Remember that the assessor does not know you or your capabilities, or how effectively you may perform on a daily basis. All they have to go on is what you say in your application. You therefore need to make sure you really sell yourself, taking every opportunity to fill in any potential gaps in the assessor’s picture of you.
If you find that you don’t have specific examples that will highlight your ability to do the job, do all you can to link the experience that you do have with the role you are applying for. You might also use other examples to indicate your willingness and ability to learn new skills or refresh old ones.
Make sure you read the application form carefully and provide full answers to all the questions. Sell yourself.
Don’t say things like ‘I have good communication skills’ without backing it up. Anyone could say they have good communication skills; why should the assessor believe you? By going on to explain ‘I demonstrated strong written communication skills when I...’ you will do a much better job of convincing the assessor of your abilities.
Stage 2: Initial paper sift
Once we receive your completed form, we will check it against our standard recruitment criteria – e.g. convictions and nationality. If you are eligible to work for Lancashire Constabulary, your application will move on to the next stage.
Stage 3: Role-specific paper sift
Following the initial sift your application will be assessed by the department to which you are applying. They will check and score your evidence against the criteria as detailed on the candidate specification. If your application is unsuccessful at this stage, we will contact you by email to let you know.
Stage 4: Interview/Assessment
If your application passes the initial stages we will contact you to arrange an interview. The interview questions will be based around the same criteria as detailed on the candidate specification and will seek to find out how you would perform in the job in question. Depending on the position, you may also be expected to give a short presentation or undertake another assessment – e.g. psychometric testing, typing tests etc. We would also suggest visiting the About Us section of our site for information on our values and force priorities.
Stage 5: Health Declaration form
If you are successful at interview, we will send you a conditional offer of employment together with details of the next steps. This offer will be subject to security, health and reference checks.
A Health Declaration form will be sent to you for completion which our Health Services team will screen. It is imperative that you complete the form accurately and do not withhold any information. In some cases they may need further information (for example from GPs or specialists) and you will be medically pended while this is being obtained. The Equality Act 2010 covers all positions in Lancashire Constabulary . If you have a disability, adjustments will be made if it is reasonable to do so.
During this process you will be required to undertake a Substance Misuse Test and for some specific roles you also have to provide a DNA sample (mouth swab) and have your fingerprints taken.