Am I eligible to become a police staff member?

South Wales Police encourage people from all backgrounds to join the organisation.

Listed below are the basic eligibility requirements for those wishing to become a member of police staff.

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a vacancy with South Wales Police.  There is no upper age limit.

You must be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in theUnited Kingdom. Foreign nationals andUK citizens who have lived abroad may have to wait some time for security and vetting clearance.

In accordance with Home Office guidance and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ National Vetting Policy, candidates are reminded that they must meet minimum residency criteria for specific periods immediately before an application is made.

For roles that require basic level vetting the minimum period is 3 years; for roles that require MV/SC level the minimum period is 5 years; for roles that require DV vetting the minimum period is 10 years.

This is to satisfy the requirement to vet all applicants in an equitable manner and the UK police service does not currently have any means of facilitating vetting checks overseas, to the extent required of those who have been resident in the UK. Applicants who cannot be vetted, cannot be appointed.

Please see specific requirements in the person specification for the vacancy you are interested in applying for. You will be required to provide certificates evidencing relevant skills and abilities if you are invited to interview.

Tatoos which are particularly prominent, garish, offensive or undermine the dignity and authority of your role are unacceptable. This guideline also applies to facial piercings. Each case will be considered on its own merits.

Financial Status
All applicants will have their financial status checked. These checks are carried out because police officers and staff have access to privileged information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption. Any applicants with outstanding County Court judgements, who have been registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, will be rejected. If you have discharged bankruptcy debts then you will need to provide a Certificate of Satisfaction with your application. Applicants who are the subject of a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) will not be considered.

Criminal Record
You may still be eligible to join the police service if you have minor convictions /cautions, but there are certain offences and conditions that will make you ineligible. This includes anyone who has received a formal caution in the last five years, committed a violent crime or public order offence. When making our decisions we are guided by NPIA Circular 2/2011 and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ National Vetting Policy for the police.

Due to the level of access and sensitivity of some roles/ posts within South Wales Police, they are designated as requiring an enhanced level of vetting. If appropriate, you will be notified of this requirement during the recruitment process.

Membership of the BNP or a similar organisation
South Wales Police has a policy of prohibiting any of our officers or staff from becoming members of the BNP, or a similar organisation whose aims, objectives or pronouncements may contradict the duty to promote race equality. If you are, or have previously been a member of the BNP or a similar organisation, your application may be rejected.