Recruitment FAQs

I am not a British citizen or I have lived abroad – will this affect my application?[+ / -]

You can still apply to South Wales Police as long as you are an EC/EEA national, a Commonwealth citizen, or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom.

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.

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.

I have a criminal record. Does this mean I can’t apply?[+ / -]

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 the NPIA Circular 2/2011 and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ National Vetting Policy for the police service.

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.

Where will I be working?[+ / -]

This will be shown on the advert, and you will have an opportunity to ask at interview. However it is a condition of your employment that you may be required to work anywhere in the area of the South Wales Police, that would stand the test of reasonableness.

Where should I go on my first day?[+ / -]

Employee Resourcing and your new line manager will contact you to arrange this. Please ensure that you inform us of any change of circumstances or details so that we can always contact you.

When and how will I be paid?[+ / -]

You will be paid monthly by credit transfer to your bank on the last working day of every month.

When will you contact my current employer?[+ / -]

We will only contact your current employer once you have been recommended for appointment following your interview. Any offer of appointment will be made on satisfactory completion of all medical, reference and vetting procedures.

How long will my background checks take?[+ / -]

This will vary for each individual depending on where they and their family have lived, and where they have worked.

Can I join a Union?[+ / -]

Yes, the current South Wales Police recognised Unions are Unison and GMB.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?[+ / -]

You will be provided verbal feedback by the chair of the shortlist/interview panel.

Do I have to work shifts?[+ / -]

Some roles do require shift working, for example, Public Service Centre Operators and Crime Scene Investigators. Allowances are paid for shift working and will be as advertised on each individual vacancy. Most roles however require normal office hours.

If I have a disability can I apply?[+ / -]

South Wales Police welcomes applications from people with disabilities as defined by Equality Act 2010 i.e. a person is disabled under this Act if they have a physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term (over 12 months) adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

If you consider yourself to have a disability, please inform us of the type of adjustments you might need to assist you in participating in the recruitment and selection process. South Wales Police will try to make the reasonable adjustments required where practicable.

South Wales Police have been awarded the two tick symbol, which is the national standard recognised by disabled people and is awarded to employers who demonstrate, to the Department of Work and Pensions (Jobcentre Plus) that they have achieved, and are committed to, continually achieving five commitments relating to the employment of disabled people. For example, any disabled applicant who meets the minimum criteria, for the role they have applied for, will be interviewed.

Please note that once a conditional job offer has been made, an applicant will be asked to complete a functional assessment form and attend a health screening where appropriate, which will require them to meet the health criteria intrinsic to the functions of that role where specified with or without reasonable adjustment.

Are there any support networks available?[+ / -]

The following support groups have been set up within South Wales Police:

  • Black Police Association
  • Female Police Association
  • Gay Staff Network
  • Ability Support Network
  • Christian Police Association

What training opportunities will I be offered?[+ / -]

South Wales Police believes that providing staff with increased skills, knowledge, qualifications and competence will ultimately lead to our customers receiving a better service and our workforce feeling motivated and engaged. As a result we can offer a wide range of developmental opportunities.

Electronic Personal Development Review (EPDR). The post holder will be subject to annual appraisal which will incorporate a review of the above duties and performance of the post holder.

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