Eligibility – We check applications to ensure applicants have passed probation and have correct promotion criteria depending on rank applied for.
We check eligibility in accordance with Home Office circulars in ACPO guidance, e.g. tattoos must be coverable by uniform.
Detectives – For detective roles we also require proof of relevant Pip accreditation.
We will also at this stage be contacting your home force to verify sickness, training, and to confirm your salary/pension.
Appointment – Once all background checks are complete and home force information has been verified we will send you a final offer of appointment confirming posting, location, training etc.
Induction – We will ask you to attend a 3 week induction period on joining – this will cover things like uniform fitting and ID, introduction to Welsh, Diversity training, Officer Safety training, Data Protection training and courses on our systems.
Re-attestation – Once induction is complete we will invite you to attend a re-attestation ceremony.
Can I transfer to SWP if I have PIP2 accreditation and have same powers as a Police Officer?
Unfortunately civilian investigators are not sworn police officers and are ineligible to transfer to a Police Officer role, this is despite the fact they may have investigative experience.
Can I transfer to SWP if I am still in my probationary period?
Unfortunately officers wishing to apply must have successfully completed their 2 year probationary period at the appropriate rank or Step 4 of the NPPF process as at the closing date of the application process.
What types of roles are you looking to fill?
We are looking for Officers with various skills including Detectives from Constable to Inspector rank so that we can fill a variety of future vacancies as they arise. We do not have a timescale for appointments at the moment. Appointments will depend on applicants’ skills and vacancies across the force area and cannot be guaranteed.
Where will I be posted?
Please note that existing vacancies are for Eastern Basic Command Unit, and certain specialist departments as listed on the application form. If you wish to transfer to other locations or roles within South Wales Police, your application will be held pending future vacancies.
What is the minimum eyesight for officers transferring?
If successful we will ask you to attend a medical appointment, which includes an eyesight test. Minimum standard is currently 6/36 unaided vision (without glasses/contact lenses.
Who will you write to for a reference?
We will contact your HR department to verify sickness, PDR, training, salary and pension. Please provide a direct email and telephone number for them.
What rank do I need to put as a referee?
We would suggest that rank of Inspector or above would be suitable.
Would my training be honoured and transfer to SWP?
Provided training courses attended are nationally accredited, following national guidelines and there is evidence of competence (i.e. certificate of completion of courses and refreshers) they would be transferrable.
I have Ospre 1 and 2 they would be transferrable?
Officers who have Ospre qualification would need to apply for promotion after appointment when we have a promotion recruitment process open at South Wales Police. You will transfer on your current grade.
Which forces are you accepting transferring Officers from?
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