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police entry requirements

you must be between 18 and a half and 55 years old. physical fit and healthy, have a C at GCSE or functional skill at level 2. you must also be able to run the beep test at 5.4 and a have a full driving licence. you must also have good vision.


Candidates will need to show evidence of the following: you will need to have effective communcation skills, including tact and diplomacy, community focus, thet also need good problem-solving skills, a sesnse of personal responsibility, intergrity and resilience.

you also confidents and a cal manner, good literacy skills in order to accurately record details, teamwork skills and the ablility to work independently. you must have respect for diversity, professionalism, honsety and trustwoerthiness, sound judgement and proper respect for confideniality finaly you must have the ability to act eith resolve, tolerance and restraint.




Application processes

There are 9 stages.

stage 1

People interested in becoming a Police Officer should first check their eligibility by reading our Am I eligible section. If you do not meet any of these criteria it is likely your application form will be rejected


stage 2

Attend a Recruiting Information Seminar. Information on the next one can be found by visiting our events page. If the date for the next recruiting information seminar is not shown (please do not confuse these with Beat Surgeries or other types of events) then keep checking this page regularly for updates.

They usually hold these every six to eight weeks and, depending on the size of the venue, it may only be advertised for a short period of time. We do not normally give dates of seminars over the phone unless the request is under reasonable adjustments. You do not need to book a space but it is important that you arrive early as places will be allocated on first come basis.

stage 3

Only application forms supplied by Leicestershire Police will be accepted. The application form has been carefully designed nationally and has been pre-tested to ensure it is fair to everyone. We are looking for evidence of the qualities you already have or may develop to enable you to carry out the role of a police officer.Your answers here will be used to decide whether your application will proceed to the next stage. It is important therefore to think carefully about your answers. Each competency question asks you to provide detailed examples of situations from your recent past experience. The majority of people find the competency questions in the application form most difficult to answer. Listed below are the typical reasons why people fail the application form stage. Applicants are advised to read this information as it may assist them to complete the form to the required standard

stage 4

It is a good idea to prepare for your fitness test as soon as possible.You may also be invited to an assessment centre workshop which will give you more information on what is involved at the assessment centre and how to plan for it.

stage 5

The Assessment Centre is a series of written and verbal tests designed to determine skill and education level. The day will be demanding and will last approximately five hours. The assessment day is likely to be at NPIA, Ryton-on-Dunsmore near Coventry.

You will be assessed on competencies identified as being essential to the role as a police officer. These are:

  • Effective Communication
  • Customer and Community Focus
  • Personal responsibility
  • Team working
  • Respect for diversity
  • Resilience
  • Problem solving

stage 6

It is a pre-requisite that you attend an interview with a panel of officers before you can join Leicestershire Police. The interview will usually comprise of a panel of two members of the police force and will last approximately 45 minutes where you will be asked competency based questions.

stage 7


The next stage is to look at your medical and eyesight with our Force Medical Advisor and Nurse which may involve requesting additional information and tests from your GP.

We reserve the right to postpone or reject your application if this information cannot be obtained within a reasonable length of time. Reasonable adjustments will be considered in light of Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

stage 8

If you pass your medical we will request references. The references must cover five years and we will obtain a reference from your current employment after seeking your permission. We may also need to obtain character and/or education references.

stage 9



Once you have completed all of the recruitment stages you will be issued with a letter of appointment and information on your initial 26 week, non-residential placement at DeMontfort University where you will undertake a foundation degree.

You will be paid a full salary and all of your fees will be paid. As well as various community based placements, you will be given a number of research based projects to help develop your policing skills.

The whole process up to Letter of Appointment can take up to a year depending upon your circumstances and we will try to keep you updated at each stage and offer guidance whenever we can.

We reserve the right to alter the order of the above stages if required due to operational reasons. You can only apply to one Force at a time. If you fail any stage after receipt of the application form then you will have to wait six months before re-applying.


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army entry requirement

Everybody joining the Army has to meet some basic entry requirements. These differ depending on whether you want to be an officer or a soldier, and serve full time as a Regular or in your spare time as a Territorial.

Soldiers from across the Commonwealth and other countries have a long and proud tradition of service in the British Army. That tradition continues today. The Army welcomes applicants from certain countries and overseas territories, but you might need to have lived in the UK for a set period of time to be eligible for certain roles

Stage one you have to send off your CV. stage two you have to research the application. stage three do your personal statement. stage four complete your application. stage five you have to do your maths and English test. stage six you will be called in for a interview. stage seven you will be asked to do a medical test. stage eight you will be also asked to do a fitness test.


Fitness is important for everyone, but it’s especially important for soldiers. As well as the health benefits that come with being fit, you also need to meet the physical demands of the job. The Army helps develop your fitness, but you will need to meet some basic fitness standards to check that you’re ready to start your Army training but it is very different for officers.



Your fitness is tested during both stages of the Army Officer Selection Board process. Part of the assessment process is the beep test, which is used to measure your cardiovascular fitness. It involves running between two lines, 20 metres apart, within a fixed time determined by the beep. The interval between beeps steadily decreases, so you have to run faster. Your score is determined by the time at which you can no longer keep up. Other tests include sit-ups and press-ups. There are different fitness standards for male and female candidates

Army life can be mentally and physically demanding. That’s why some medical conditions and ongoing illnesses can stop you from joining. A full medical examination is part of the application process, but if you have any of this you can not join.

Asthma, strong asthma-like symptoms or treatment for related illnesses within the last four years

Chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, bronchiectasis or cystic fibrosis.

Active tuberculosis.

Everyone makes mistakes and a criminal conviction doesn’t have to stop you from joining the Army. Be honest about your past history when you come in for a chat, and we might be able to offer you that all-important second chance.
With the chance to learn a trade and skills that last a lifetime, Army life is a great way to make a fresh start.

Other application process you have to go through, are the gerry can lift it changes depending on what job role you are going for, you also have to do the 1.5 mile run, power bag lift and your final interview.


In the final interview theyll be seeing if you are suitable for the role and questions on where you have shown skills and qualities.



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skills and qualities

in the army you need teamwork to the the job done. another skill you need int army Communication you need communication to vital for instant you are about to do a brach you need to know what youer squat is doing at all times. discipline is inporant to the army to make sure you keep a cool and carm head under fire.

honesty will come when you are debriefing on a patrol. pride of apperance is important it show that you are respectable and that you care about your job.

alert is vital to army bescuase you will need to stay aelrt in afghanistan for intant if you was on patrol you would need to keep out out for the enemy and watch you squats back.