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Find a job | Our Recruitment Process for police officers


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.

Our typical recruitment process

The recruitment process for police officer roles can often be long and seem overwhelming. Throughout the process we will keep in touch with you and at the end of each stage, you’ll be notified by email whether or not you are eligible to proceed to the next stage. You can also log in to view your application status. If you haven’t received an email, remember to check your junk mail/filter settings in case our emails are have ended up there.

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Eligibilty questions, National sift and Application form

The first step will be an online application process which includes some eligibility ‘killer questions’. If you pass this stage you will be required to complete two online tests. If successful, you will then complete the online application form.

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National Online Assessement 

If successful at the national sift and online application form, you will be invited to attend a National Online Assessment.

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National Force interview and presentation

You will then be invited to the national force interview and assessment with our senior managers. You will be provided with further details nearer the time, so you are able to prepare.

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Pre-employment checks

If you are successful at the National Interview assessment, you will receive a letter stating that you will be appointed, subject to satisfactorily passing vetting checks, media checks, finance checks, references, medical and fitness tests. Once you have successfully completed all pre-employment checks you will receive an offer of appointment, conditions of service, starter pack and joining instructions.

Key dates

Below are some important dates setting out the time frames for this recruitment process:


  • Recruitment open: 15 August 2022 at 09.30am
  • Recruitment close: 14 September at 11.59pm (* Submit your application as soon as possible. The application window may close early if we receive a high number of suitable applications.)
  • National Sift: Will be confirmed with you
  • National Online Assessment Centre: 21 – 29 November 2022
  • National interview and assessment:  December 2022 and January 2023
  • Pre-employment checks: Will be confirmed with you
  • Cohort start dates: May 2023 onwards​​​​​​​​​​​
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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.

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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).

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Submit your application

When you’ve found a position that you’re interested in you'll have to complete an online application form via our E-Recruitment Portal to be considered.

If it is your first time applying for a position, you will need to register for an account on E-Recruitment. This can be done by clicking “apply” and the portal will ask you to register. You can track the status of your application and view correspondence through this. If you log into the E-Recruitment portal, and click into “Your applications”, you will be able to view the status of your application, communication history, your application form and any other relevant updates.

You will be contacted via the E-Recruitment portal after the vacancy has closed regarding the next stage of the process.

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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.

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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!

We also listen to you if you feel that you want your unsuccesful application reviewed, and you can see your rights in this regard in our appeals policy.

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