PC FAQs

 
You need to be 18 at the point of application, although there is no upper age limit the compulsory retirement age for a Police Constable is 60 years and new recruits are required to undertake a 2 year probationary period.

 You will be required to undergo a fitness test as part of your pre employment, the fitness test is in the form of a bleep test.

In order to pass the fitness test, you will need to be able to achieve a level 5.4.

You will need to be able to demonstrate one of the below four elements:

1. Served as a Special Constable for a minimum period of 2 years at the point of
application
2. Demonstrate you have served as a Police Community Support Officer
(PCSO) for a minimum of 18 months at the point of application
3. Demonstrate you have achieved 5 years military service
4. Demonstrate you have achieved a level 3 qualification within the meaning of
Section 3 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 (see section 2, question 13 for
further details) - this qualification can be in any subject as long as it is a level 3.

During your initial training period, you will only be required to work Monday to Friday, 8am - 4.30pm.

The shift pattern you will work once in your operational posting will vary and will be explained to you during your training period.

Applicants need to be aware that they will be expected to serve within the Cleveland force area. However, every effort is made to take personal needs and circumstances into account where possible. It is worth noting that there will need to be a balance between personal and organisational needs.

 Full time Police Officers work 40 hours per week.

During your initial training programme, you would be expected to work full time, Monday - Friday 8:00am - 16:30pm.

Any requests for flexible working to reduce hours after the training stage would need to be considered on a case by case basis.

All new recruits are entitled to 22 days per year plus leave in lieu of bank holidays.

Once you have completed your initial training package and successfully completed your 2 year probationary period, you will be eligible to apply for any advertised specialist roles or development opportunities. For example, this could include Road Policing, Dog Section, Operational Crime and many more.

Yes, there is a specialist Police Officer uniform that will be supplied during the training period.