Entry criteria for Police Community Support Officers

  • There are no minimum or maximum height requirements.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GCSE English Grade C or equivalent (literacy level 2, NVQ Level 2, BITEC first diploma) or a higher qualification.
  • Only applications from British citizens, EC/EEA nationals, Commonwealth citizens, or foreign nationals with indefinite leave to remain in the UK will be accepted.
  • If you have a criminal record/conviction, it may lead to your application being rejected.
  • All convictions/cautions (including any person known to the applicant) will be considered on individual merit, taking into account circumstances of the offence, the age of the individual, when the offence was committed, the lapse of time since the offence, and evidence of good character since the offence. Undisclosed convictions/cautions will lead to rejection.
  • Applicants who have served any period of imprisonment or youth detention will not be considered for appointment.
  • Applicants who have existing County Court judgements outstanding against them or who are registered bankrupt and their bankruptcy debts have not been discharged for at least three years will not be considered for appointment. Applicants who are the subject of a current Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) will not be considered.
  • Applicants must be physically and mentally able to undertake police duties.
  • Applicants must be in good health, of sound constitution and able to both physically and mentally to perform the duties of a Police Community Support Officer once appointed. Applicants will need to complete a medical history questionnaire and undergo an eyesight test satisfactorily before appointment.
  • Some tattoos (whether visible or not) and facial piercing might be unacceptable.
  • The BMI of Police Community Support Officers is required to be between 18 to 30. Applicants who do not meet this standard will have their application withdrawn.

Please note: Vetting checks take place throughout the application process; these are carried out on all Thames Valley Police applicants.

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