Eligibility Criteria for all routes

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply and join.
  • There is no upper age limit for applying to the police service. But please bear in mind that the normal retirement age for police officers is 60 years and that new recruits are required to undertake a two-year probationary period.
  • There are no minimum or maximum height requirements.
  • If you have a criminal record/conviction, it may lead to your application being rejected. National Police Improvement Agency circular 02/2011 sets out the criteria for all convictions/cautions that will be considered.
  • Only applications from British citizens, European Union/European Economic Area nationals and Commonwealth citizens, or foreign nationals with indefinite leave to remain in the UK will be accepted.
  • Applicants must have a full manual UK or EEA driving licence.
  • All convictions/cautions (including those by 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 will not be considered.
  • Some tattoos (whether visible or not) and facial piercing might be unacceptable.
  • Applicants must be in good health, of sound constitution and able to both physically and mentally to perform the duties of a Police Officer once appointed. All medical criteria will be checked – including eyesight, hearing and Body Mass Index (BMI must be at least 18 and no more than 30). This part of the process will be managed by the Occupational Health Unit.
  • Applications will not be accepted if individuals have previously applied unsuccessfully, in the last six months (between date of failure and closing date for TVP applications), to another police force in England and Wales that requires candidates to undertake the College of Policing Police SEARCH® or PCSO Recruit Assessment Centre.
  • Have a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP).
  • Police Officer applicants must live within thirty crow miles of two main Police stations but one of the stations MUST be within 20 crow miles at the point of applying. Our current main Police stations are Abingdon, Amersham, Aylesbury, Banbury, Bicester, Bracknell, Cowley, Didcot, Henley, High Wycombe, Loddon Valley (Wokingham), Maidenhead, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Taplow, Thame, Wantage, Windsor, Witney.