Life on the beat isn’t for everyone but that doesn’t mean you can’t work for South Wales Police.

Staff roles vary enormously from Communication Officers to HR Business Partner, IT specialists to Custody Detention Officers. Your skills, experience and expertise could be what we’re looking for.

South Wales Police prides itself on our exceptional people so if you feel that you would like to come and join us keep an eye on our current vacancies

Cautions and Convictions

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. Please check against the role eligibility criteria before applying.



You must be a British Citizen, citizen from the European Economic Area (EEA), Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom. You must also have been continually resident in the UK for the three year period immediately before an application is made. 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.


Political Affiliation

South Wales Police has a policy of prohibiting any of our officers or staff from being 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 will be rejected.



For certain Police staff roles you will be required to have obtained a specific level of qualification or have sufficient experience of working in the required field. This will be clearly stipulated on the role profile. If you do not provide evidence of your qualification and/or level of experience with your application then it will be withdrawn from the application process.



Candidates with visible tattoos may be eligible for appointment. Each case will be considered on its own merits, taking into account the number, nature, size, prominence, appearance and location of the tattoos. Tattoos must not be offensive to colleagues or members of the public or undermine the dignity of your role within the Force. Tattoos on the neck, face or hands are still deemed to be unacceptable but consideration may be given in some circumstances considering the size, nature and prominence of the tattoo. If candidates choose to have any additional tattoos during the recruitment process, after passing eligibility checks, the onus is on them to advise HR and provide appropriate photographs which will need to be checked.



The importance of honesty and integrity is made clear throughout our application process. Police staff are subject to the Standards of Professional Behaviour, which clearly set out what is expected from police staff.

You MUST declare all convictions for past offences, formal cautions (including as a juvenile) and any bind-over imposed by the courts. You should also include all traffic convictions.

The salary range, contracted hours and shift allowances for a Police staff role will be clearly stipulated on the vacancy application page.


What can South Wales Police offer you:

  • Training and development opportunities
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity pay (where eligible)
    Career Break – Staff can apply for a career break (after 2 years’ service)
  • Assistance and advice from Occupational Health and access to a range of support services which include: Charitable Trust and Police Mutual
  • Childcare Vouchers – exchange part of your salary for tax and NI free childcare vouchers
  • Access to subsidised gyms
  • Cycle to work – obtain a new bike to travel to work through your salary saving tax and NI
  • Lifestyle Discounts which include travel subsidiaries, an eye care scheme and many more
  • Staff Support Networks which include: Female Police Association, LGBT Network, Black Police Association, Christian Police Association, Ability Support Network, Police Federation, Unison, GMB.


Benefits of working for South Wales Police.

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.


If you are successful, you will have to complete a medical questionnaire and dependent on the post you may have to undertake a medical examination e.g. hearing test/eye test

Our 2021 Intern Programme is now open

We are looking for people with diverse skills and experiences to join our successful team.

This is an excellent opportunity for students and graduates who are looking for work experience in one of the many specialist departments across South Wales Police (SWP). Commencing in September 2021, the 12 month Internship will allow for on the job learning and development, and will provide you with support from a number of staff networks within SWP and a support network specifically designed for our Interns. To be eligible for the Intern programme you will need to be studying for a degree and looking for a year’s placement within SWP or alternatively you will have graduated within the last 3 years.

We have a strong commitment to equality and diversity both within the organisation and in the service we provide. Our aim is to promote and achieve a fully inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. Find out more about how we are working towards a representative workforce.

Reflecting the diverse specialisms in the force, the intern programme has opportunities across a broad range of roles. This is an opportunity for you to enhance your skillset and expertise whilst being able to contribute new ideas and work to make a difference in society. We particularly welcome applicants from under-represented groups.

Our current intern opportunities sit within:

  • Graphic Design
  • Internal Communications Peoples Services

Additional intern opportunities will be uploaded in the coming days covering a range of departments and specialities. Check out our vacancy page for all current opportunities.

This year we also have Project Support Assistant Intern positions in each of our Basic Command Units across the Force. These roles will be based in Cardiff, Pontypridd and Swansea. If you are applying for one of these roles please ensure you check the location of the vacancy is correct before submitting your application.

To apply for any of these exciting internship opportunities, or for additional information on the roles currently available, please see here.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic we are developing alternative methods of working.