Eligibility

Date published: 11 December 2019 13:52

I’m not 18.  Can I still apply?

You must be 18 or older at the close of the initial registration.  There is no upper age limit for applying to the police service, but bear in mind the normal retirement age is 60 and new recruits are required to undertake the required probationary period.  For the Police Constable Apprenticeship Degree this is three years and for the Degree Holder Entry Programme this is two years.

Are there height restrictions?

No, there is no minimum or maximum height requirements

What qualifications do I need to hold to apply?

To apply for the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), you need to hold a Level 3 qualification (such as an A Level) or have relevant military experience (completed the minimum term of service, usually 4 years)

Do I need a driving licence to apply?

Yes, you will require a full manual UK/EU driving licence prior to registering your interest.

I have a criminal record, can I still apply?

Eligibility will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence.  It is not possible to set out a full list of convictions that will preclude a person from becoming a police officer. Each case will be considered on its own merits, and if the offence is deemed sufficiently serious a person will be rejected irrespective of age at time of offending.  There may be circumstances where an individual does not fall within the criteria, but whose suspected involvement in crime, or criminal associations make an offer of employment inappropriate.

I have a motoring offence(s).  Can I still apply?

We will need to assess the motoring offences.  However, if you have more than six penalty points on your driving licence and / or two or more motoring offences within the three years prior to the application date you may not be eligible to apply to join as a student officer.

I am not a British citizen, can I still apply?

Yes.  If you are a foreign national or Commonwealth citizen you must have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period. Most EEA and Swiss Nationals have the right to reside in the UK and so will not need to demonstrate this.

Can I apply if I’m ex-military?

Yes, you can apply if you are ex-military, even if you have a pension.  You just need to be retired or be working through your re-settlement.

I have tattoos, will this stop me from applying to be a police officer?

Not necessarily.  All tattoos and piercings must be in line with South Yorkshire Police’s Appearance and Standards Policy.

Tattoos visible on your face, neck, hands or head are not permitted.  Tattoos visible on your forearms or visible in an open collared/short sleeve are not considered appropriate for those in public facing roles and must be covered.

Any tattoos which could be deemed inappropriate or cause offence will also not be accepted.

If you have tattoos, you will need to make a declaration at the time of application.  We will ask you to send in two digital pictures of each tattoo. Please note that you must declare ALL tattoos, whether visible in uniform or not.

(One distance photograph clearly showing where on the body area the tattoo is located and a second close up photograph that we can use to assess against our standards).

I have piercings, will this stop me becoming a police officer?

You must not have any facial or tongue piercings, or any piercings which could impede your ability to perform the role.