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The recruitment process is split into three main areas:

  1. Application Form  
  2. In-house Interview
  3. Pre-Employment Checks

It is important that you do sufficient research into the organisation, our priorities, structure and role of a PCSO to ensure this is the right career for you.

The application procedure consists of several challenging steps designed to ensure applicants of the highest quality are recruited in Cumbria Constabulary.

Please note that external applications can take between six and nine months to process.

PCSO Recruitment Process

Please follow the instructions on the job role on our Job Portal - this will be available when we are open for recruitment.

All applicants will be notified as to whether they have been successful.

A final interview will be conducted at Police Headquarters, Carleton Hall, Penrith (or online) and this will be your opportunity to further demonstrate your suitability to join Cumbria Constabulary as a PCSO. The interview will be based on the Police Professional Framework role criteria for a PCSO. The areas which will be tested are specified below:

  • Decision Making
  • Professionalism
  • Public Service
  • Working with Others
  • Openness to Change
  • Serving the Public

Medical Screening

You will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire which must be signed by your General Practitioner and returned confidentially to our Occupational Health Unit.

All medical questionnaires will be assessed by our Occupational Health Nurse Advisors who may require further information from your medical practitioner. Candidates who are declared as “fit to proceed” will then be examined by a medical practitioner on behalf of Cumbria Constabulary.

We will check:


Candidates who are successful following the assessment centre and final interview, and have a BMI of 30 or above will be contacted by Occupational Health and asked to provide evidence of their body fat composition. If this does not exceed 25% for male candidates and 35% for female candidates they will be permitted to progress to the medical stage. Those with a body fat percentage of >25% will be deferred until the reach the required level.
• Eye sight test
• Colour vision
• Lung Function
• Hearing

Vetting Checks

We will carry out internal and external vetting checks on you and your spouse / partner, members of your family including step brothers and sisters, and half brothers and sisters. We will also check your / partner’s children if they are over 10 years and any other adults who reside at your address.

Financial checks will also be carried out on all candidates. Those with outstanding County Court Judgements (CCJs), Individual Voluntary Agreements (IVAs) or who have been registered bankrupt will be rejected. If you have discharged bankruptcy debts, you will need verification from the court of this and three years must have lapsed since the date of discharge.

Fitness Testing

We test on endurance fitness and you are required to pass the fitness test before we can continue with your application.

Candidates will be required to run a fifteen metre track in time with a series of bleeps which become increasingly faster. A good indicator of the fitness level needed for this test is to be able to run at a good pace for around four minutes over a distance of about 700 metres.


Cumbria Constabulary will seek references from your current and previous employer. Any gaps in employment will need to be explained and verified. If you have not been in employment, we will ask for a character reference or an educational reference.

Becoming a PCSO

When you have completed all parts of the recruitment process you will then be offered a start date on one of our PCSO Induction course.

The Induction course in Cumbria lasts for seven weeks during which time you will be required to undertake classroom and practical learning. There will be a requirement for study outside of course hours, both within and outside the classroom environment.

Having completed the initial learning phase you will then be tutored by an experienced officer within the Territorial Policing Area. This will enable you to gain practical experience of basic policing and also start working shifts. Assessment of your performance will be carried out by trained staff during this period.