Police Officer

Standard Entry Requirements

To join the police service you have to be at least 18 years of age, you have to be the minimum of this age as you you will be more mature. Another standard requirement A British citizen, a Commonwealth citizen, a citizen of the Irish Republic or a Foreign National with unrestricted right of residence in the UK, this is a requirement as you need to think about the public's safety, as you don't know whether they're going to agree with all our decisions. Besides the straight forward requirements you also need to meet the eyesight standard as you need to be able to see far distance for example a car number plate that's been stolen and you then need to track it down . Also your not aloud any adult criminal convictions that include dishonesty, violence or serious motoring offences, these may lead to rejection of your application.

Physical Entry Requirements

You will carry out a shuttle run over a 15 Metre area and run in time with a bleep. At the end of each level, the time in between the bleeps is shortened and you therefore have to run faster to keep up with the pace. You will complete four shuttle runs and the recruit pass mark is level 5.4. This involves running for approximately 3 minutes 40 seconds. The purpose of the fitness test is to ensure that candidates have a basic level of fitness for entry into the police service. Your application may be withdrawn if you fail this fitness test.

Medical Entry Requirements

A standard is height is required. Also you have to have a certain Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement. BMI measurements should range between 19-30 - classified as normal weight range. BMI's outside this range may require your application to be deferred until an appropriate weight is achieved. Also Drug testing is required you will be tested for illegal and non-prescriptive drugs. If you fail the test then this will mean automatic rejection.

Educational Entry Requirments

The education requirements needed to become part of the police service is you will need to have a reasonable standard of English and numeracy if you are to succeed during the selection process.

Application Process

If you are interested in the police you must check if you are eligible for the job.


Standard entry requirements

To join the Ambulance service you need a clean, current, full driving licence held for a minimum of one year and preferably experience of driving larger vehicles and carrying passengers a clean standard criminal record check a fitness test, occupational health screening this includes normal color vision and manual dexterity are important and medical assessment including eye tests spectacles are acceptable. Also experience of dealing with the public, especially sick, disabled and elderly people;
first aid certificates as evidence of your interest;
voluntary experience in organisations such as St John Ambulance , St Andrews Ambulance Association and British red cross, also experience in life-saving techniques, which you can gain by volunteering as a community 'first res-ponder' in association with local ambulance services and
office-based work in an ambulance service.

Physical entry requirements

To become considered for the ambulance service you need to complete a fitness test, a few of these tests are; Grip Strength, Leg and Back Pull, Sit and Reach, Aerobic Stop Test. There are different standards for each gender eg on the grip stength test a woman is required to reach a score of 40-32 and a man is required to do 40-35.

Educational Entry Requirements

You can qualify as a paramedic by one of the following ways;

  • by completing a foundation degree, diploma of higher education (DipHE), or degree in paramedic science or paramedic emergency care (subject titles vary)
  • by applying for a student paramedic post with an ambulance trust and studying whilst learning on the job (these are limited in number and not all trusts offer them).

Medical Entry Requirements.

The only medical requirement for the ambulance service are to pass a eye color test.

Different Types of application forms

The application form process is a very personal document where you record everything to do with you, the police service and paramedic service they both include all questions such as; name, address, dob, contact details, nationality, convictions and cautions, tattoos, health and eyesight, business interests, finical position, education, qualifications, training, why you want to be in the service?, a health assessment, a personal statement and what do you expect the job to be like.

Requirements and advice for completion of application forms

Requirements For the application forms are use the appropriate style of writing , if it says black ink and block capitals then this is what you must do. Make sure you be conscious about your grammar and spelling, also you could photocopy the form couple of times so you can practise it and get it right.

Interview Preperation

For Both services you need to know for the interview the key aspects are where the interview is?, what time you should be their?, what you need to wear? and what you need to take with you?. You also need to be punctual, polite to other candidates, be genuine, don't get agitated and take care with personal appearance.

Three Skills and Three Qualities For the Police Service

Three qualities in the police service that are required during an interview are integrity, good attitude and punctuality these qualities are needed in an interview because you have to make a good impression to the person your interviewing.

Three Skills in the police service that are required in a seizure self confidence, communication skills and teamwork skills, these skills are needed in a seizure because you need to work with other teams in the service also you need to communicate with the person you are raiding so they understand what is happening.

Equal Opportity For the police service

The service will comply with legislation that protects people from discrimination at work on the basis of certain protected characteristics listed in current legislation. These are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage or civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex (gender)
  • Sexual orientation.

Physical Tests

Grip Strength

You are required to squeeze a grip meter which records measurements. This test is performed up to 3 times for each hand. You will be expected to reach a score of 32 in the dominant hand and 30 in the subordinate hand over the three tests. The test is in place to measure how strong the hand and arm muscles are and can be likened to use of a nut cracker.

Leg and Back Pull

This test measures the strength in your leg and back muscles. You will be asked to pull against resistance in a standing position. The measurement will be recorded and should reach 120kg.

Aerobic Stop Test

This is performed in two phases.

Phase one involves a warm up test whilst your heart is being monitored. You will be stepping on and off a 30cm step in 3 incremental two minute stages, increasing the rate of stepping as you progress. Your heart rate will be recorded at the end of each two-minute interval.

The test will end if you are unable to complete any stage or if your heart rises above 80% of the predicted maximum value.

As well as the above EPS, candidates will be expected to complete the following after a two-minute rest period, there is no rest period between the following tests:

  • Stepping whilst carrying a 10kg weight (mock first response kit) for two minutes on the 30cm step.
  • Resuscitation (heart compressions only) for two minutes.
  • Stepping whilst carrying two 15kg weights (just less than half the weight of the average human by stretcher) for 3 minutes on the 15cm and 30cm steps.

The test will end if you are unable to complete any stage, if your heart rate rises above 90% of your maximum, if you drop the 10kg weight once or if you drop the 15kg weights more than 3 times.

Skill tests

The test assesses the test takers knowledge of First Aid skills and specialized Paramedic skills. The questions are based upon the following topics:
  • The Human Body
  • General Medicines
  • Paramedic Procedures
  • Handling Emergency Situations
  • Handling Wounded Patients
  • Revival Techniques