From fitness to vetting, discover what it takes to join the CNC.
Our work is of national importance. So it’s vital that our recruitment process is as thorough as possible. Learn more about the stages you’ll go through to become a CNC officer.Search Jobs
Firstly, you’ll have to fill out an online application form. This gives us all of the details we need to identify whether you’re eligible to go through to the next stage.
Please note, our application form does ask you to provide quite a bit of your personal details about a wide range of topics. This includes information about your family, tattoos, business interests, financial position, and any previous convictions or involvement with the police (visit our Entry Requirements section to find out more).
After submitting your application, we’ll shortlist it against our national recruitment criteria.
We’ll let you know the outcome within six weeks from submitting your application.
If you’re successfully shortlisted, we’ll invite you to a telephone interview with a member of our Police Officer Recruitment team.
In the telephone interview, we’ll ask you three questions related to your application.
Your responses will then be scored against the role profile for an Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO).
If you successfully pass the telephone interview, we’ll let you know within three working days, and invite you to attend an Assessment Centre at the next opportunity.
During the Assessment Centre, we’ll invite you to undertake a variety of different tasks.
There will be a group assessment, we’ll then test your dexterity and ability to take instruction when handling weapons in our firearms assessment.
At the end, you’ll then complete a competency-based interview, which is designed to enable you to provide examples of evidence of past actions as a predictor of future behaviour.
Upon passing the assessment centre, we’ll ask you to undergo a medical examination. This includes a fitness assessment. Typically there will be a minimum of a three-week period between the assessment centre and the medical stage. This gives you time to obtain a medical declaration from your GP and a signed opticians form. These are important, as our Occupational Health team will need them to decide if you’re able to go through the assessments.
If you successfully pass our assessments, we’ll be in touch to make you a conditional offer. Once you’ve accepted, we’ll contact your current employer for references and begin the security vetting (more information on this can be found in our hints and tips section below).
As we carry out reference checks for the last three years of your employment, it can be a lengthy process. To help speed things up, we’ll ask you to provide all of the necessary information we need. If appropriate, we’ll also carry out military and police service checks, which can take up to three months to complete. If all of your references pass our checks, you’ll then need to have your fingerprints taken during your first week at the Corporate Learning and Development Department. These are used purely for crime scene elimination purposes.
Now it’s time to start your initial 17-week training. This will be a residential course delivered by our Corporate Learning and Development Team (CLD) based in Oxfordshire, and our Firearms Training Unit (FTU) based in Surrey. We’ll cover all of your accommodation and meal costs, as well as some travel expenses.
Our work is of national importance. So it’s vital that our recruitment processes are thorough. The application process will vary depending on which police staff role you are applying for.Search Jobs
Complete the online application. This gives us all of the details we need to identify whether you’re eligible to go through to the next stage of selection for a police staff role.
After submitting your application, we’ll shortlist it against the criteria necessary for that role.
If you’re successfully shortlisted, we’ll invite you to an interview.
In the interview, we’ll ask you competency questions related to the role for which you are applying.
Some roles will have additional assessments, you will be notified of these before the interview process.
You will be notified of the outcome of the interview process.
In some police staff roles you may be asked to undergo a medical examination, however this is mainly for safety critical roles.
If you successfully pass your interview assessment process, the HR team will contact you to make a conditional offer of employment. Once you’ve accepted, the referencing and security vetting processes will commence (more information on this can be found in our hints and tips section below).
As we carry out reference checks for the last three years of your employment, it can take sometime to obtain these, however, in order to help speed things up, we will require you to provide all of the necessary information. If appropriate, we’ll also carry out military and police service checks, which can take up to three months to complete.
The more information you give us in your application, the quicker the whole process will be.
Be prepared to answer a lot of questions, including every interaction you’ve had with the police.
If you are applying to join as a police officer you’ll have to complete a multi-stage shuttle run to level 7.6. We recommend practicing a few times before your fitness assessment.
While many conditions won’t impact your application, some may not be compatible with specific roles. A full list of our medical standards can be found here.
This is the most time consuming part of the application process, and can take up to three months. So make sure you account for this. The type of vetting required will depend on the role you’re applying for.
The initial foundation training course for a CNC Police Officer is 17 weeks and takes place both in Oxfordshire, and in Surrey (where firearms training is carried out).
Many of our new police officer recruits have never used a firearm before. Our training is recognised internationally as being excellent and our experienced firearms instructors will show you how.