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Our approach to recruitment

We’re proud to employ some of the very best talent in the Derbyshire and beyond. Their talent and dedication are what make our force so successful. In order to select those people, we apply an objective process and provide a world-class candidate experience. Our process is built on ensuring equality of opportunity for all and appointing the best person for the job.

We celebrate diversity. Our community is incredibly diverse, so we should be, too. That’s why we’re working hard to build an inclusive workforce, where you can be yourself. Whoever you are. Wherever you’re from. We’re currently under-represented in a number of areas and recognise that this message needs to reach talented individuals who can add diverse skills and experiences to our organisation.

We're always pleased to hear from talented people. So if you have any questions about the opportunities that we have available across the force, or if there's anything else you'd like to know before you apply (or indeed during the recruitment process), please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Our typical recruitment process

Your recruitment experience may differ slightly depending on the role that you’re applying for. But the process does contain some core aspects - application, shortlisting, interview, pre-employment checks and offer. Whatever the process, you can be sure that we’ll keep you informed of your progress.


Application form

The first thing you’ll need to do is fill out an application form through our recruitment portal. You'll be asked to provide evidence against the criteria found in the job description.



You may be invited to join us for an interview, undertake some written exercises or to deliver a short presentation.


Pre-employment checks

Before being appointed, you’ll need to successfully complete our pre-employment checks which include vetting/security checks and a medial assessment. We’ll also need to check your financial status.



Finally, we'll be asking for references from your current employer and all previous employers in the last three years.

Making a great application

Preparing your application

When you have found the job you would like to apply for, don't start filling in the application form straight away. Take some time to prepare, as this will make the task much easier. Gather together all of the information that you'll need, including details of your academic achievements and training, your employment history, your referees, any criminal and financial history and photos of any tattoos on your hands, forearms, face and neck. Finally, read the instructions carefully to ensure that you complete the sections correctly and in full on the application form.

Download our application top tips (PDF, 664KB)

Making a great application

Writing your application

Our vacancies are advertised on our careers website. Each advert will detail the purpose of the role, responsibilities and essential job specific criteria required for the role. Before you make your application you should carefully read the job advert and or job description and assure that you can provide sufficient evidence to meet the core skills and job specific criteria for the post. You should plan the completion of your application being mindful of the closing date for the vacancy, as this is a fixed date that will not be negotiated (except where a reasonable adjustment is appropriate and has been agreed beforehand).

Download our application guidance (PDF, 1.3MB)

Making a great application

Performing well at interview

The interview is a competitive process - not everyone we see can be offered a job, even if they all interview well. Your goal is to be the preferred candidate by providing high-quality evidence and creating a good impression. We want you to be yourself. But there are ways to ensure interviewers see you at your best. One thing you can do to make a real difference is to prepare. The more comfortable and familiar you are with the demands of the job you’ve applied for and how you can personally add value to it, the better you’ll come across at interview.

Our recruitment team

People are the key to our organisation's success, and we pride ourselves on our friendly and highly effective approach. We don’t want you to feel like a number, despite the volume of positions that we recruit for we want you to know that we’re always on the end of the phone if you ever need anything.

We want to get the best out of you, allow you to really show yourself at your best and really get to know you. We’re always looking for new ways to improve our knowledge, advance the service we offer and develop our processes to make them as clear and efficient as possible. So, if you’ve got any feedback please let us know!

Equally, if you're looking for feedback on your application, you can request that by filling out our recruitment appeal form.

Contact the recruitment team