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The Recruitment Process

This page gives you the lowdown on each stage of the application process. Check what stage of the process you're at:

1. Application - Shortlisting

Your eligibility is being checked.

We will also be reviewing whether you have met the essential and desirable criteria

2. Interviews

If you've been shortlisted we'll be in touch to arrange interview date and time.

But, in the meantime start to prepare for the interview.

  • Read the Job Description
  • Identify a specific occasion from a recent or past experience either in work or personal life
  • It is important that you use real examples of situations that you have been involved in; it is important that the force can see, in as much details as possible, exactly how you behaved.

3. Pre-Employment Checks

This part of the process can take between 6-8 weeks so please be patient.

This includes references checks and medical and vetting checks. For more information on vetting please see the FAQ section.

4. Offer Letters and Contracts

You are at the final stage of our recruitment process, providing all your checks are clear you will receive an offer letter, contract and starter pack.

If there's anything else about the application process that you would like to talk to us about, feel free to give the recruitment team a call on 0300 122 8900. We are open Monday to Friday, 8am until 5pm. Outside those times please email us on and we'll be in touch.

For applicants with hearing difficulties

Derbyshire Constabulary SMS (text messages): 07800 002414. There is a downloadable guide available on the Contact Us page to assist you.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.