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

The recruitment process:
1. Application Form
2. National Sift
3. Online Assessment Centre
4. In house interview
5. Pre-Employment Checks
6. Enrolment with University
7. Start Date

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

Please note that external applications can take between six and nine months to process and we require candidates to have a full manual UK driving licence in order to apply.

PC Recruitment Process

Visit the entry routes page to find out which entry route is right for you. Each entry route has a different application form on the job portal. Please make sure you select the correct entry route to apply for on the portal.

Before completing your application form ensure you read the guidance notes. Incomplete application forms will not be considered for shortlisting. 

When completing your form:

  • Save your progress regularly as you can return and complete your application at a later stage.
  • A maximum character count of 5000 exists on the application form fields. This means the word count varies dependent on your content, but as a rough average can equate to around 800 words.
  • As with any web based application, connection problems or a prolonged period of apparent inactivity can result in work being lost. Examples requiring significant time to develop and type could be completed on a locally saved word document, then copy and paste it onto the web portal.

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

The national sift consists of two exercises testing the competencies and values that are important for the role of police constable. You will be asked to complete a situational judgement test (SJT) and a behavioural style questionnaire.

Successful candidates will be invited to attend the Police SEARCH Assessment Centre. Candidates will remain in the Assessment Centre for approximately 5 hours. The Assessment Centre consists of the following activities:  

  • Four interactive (role play) exercises
  • A twenty minute competency based interview
  • Two written exercises
  • Numerical reasoning questionnaire
  • Verbal logical reasoning test

Full details of the Assessment Centre process and preparation materials are available on the College of Policing website

A final interview will be conducted at one of Cumbria Constabulary's police stations and this will be your opportunity to further demonstrate your suitability to join the Constabulary as a police constable.

For interview guidance click here

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

Fitness Test

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.

Guidance on Police Eyesight standards can be found here.

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.

Biometric Vetting
Samples of your fingerprints and DNA will be taken to carry out final vetting checks against our database. You will be required to consent in writing to this process.


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 an educational reference.

Once you have completed the Constabulary recruitment process successfully, you will receive an offer letter from the Constabulary. This will be subject to the final approval from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), our University delivery partner for the PCDA and DHEP programmes. You will be sent a link to the University online application form, which you will be asked to complete and submit along with proof of your qualifications.

DHEP Programme

The Admissions team at UCLan will review your DHEP application form and associated documentation and assess these against the programme requirements, when these have been satisfactorily met, you will be sent an unconditional offer which, once you have accepted, this will enable you to enrol online with the University in time for the start of your employment and course.

PCDA Programme

Once you have submitted your application and proof of qualifications, UCLan will then contact you to complete the apprenticeship eligibility checks needed as the training provider for the PCDA apprenticeship programme. As part of the eligibility checks, you will be asked to complete an initial skills scan, to determine your current level of knowledge, skills and behaviours in relation to the PCDA Apprenticeship standard. On completion of all ESFA apprenticeship eligibility checks, along with the Constabulary as your employer, you will be asked to sign a Commitment Statement, as required for all apprentices before the commencement of PCDA apprenticeship programme. Once apprenticeship eligibility checks have been completed, and all the signed documentation has been received, you will be sent an unconditional offer, followed by enrolment details to enable you to enrol with the University online in time for the start of your employment and course.

Once you have successfully passed all of the above stages we will contact you and give you all the details you need to know about your start date and your future career with us!