You'll usually apply to one police force at a time. If your application is successful, you'll be invited to an assessment centre where you'll:
- have an interview
- take written tests
If you pass the tests at the assessment centre, you'll then:
- complete a physical fitness test
- have a medical, including an eyesight check
- go though security and background checks
You can prepare for your application by doing the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing.
If you're unsuccessful at the assessment stage, you may have to wait a minimum of 6 months before you can re-apply.
If you've got management experience you could apply for direct entry as an inspector or superintendent.
If you have an upper second class degree, you could apply for the Police Now Graduate Leadership Development Programme.