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 If you do not provide evidence of your qualification and/or level of experience with your application then it will be withdrawn from the application process.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.


More information on reasonable adjustments can be found here.


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

As an organisation we actively encourage the use of Welsh internally, to increase opportunities to see, hear and use the language when conducting our business. While you can apply to join the force with no Welsh ability, it is expected that all Police Staff recruits will achieve level 1 Welsh by the end of their probation, and level 2 Welsh by the first or second year of service depending on role applied for.


The Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011 replaced the Welsh Language Act 1993 and as part of the new legislation, in Wales the Welsh language has equal legal status with English and must not be treated less favourably. Public bodies no longer need to develop and implement Welsh language schemes but instead now must comply with a set of national Welsh language standards.