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Useful Advice on Applying

If you haven’t applied to us before, here’s some useful tips for completing your application:

  • Please apply on our application form for a specific role we’ve advertised. Unfortunately due to the volume of enquiries we receive we cannot accept speculative CVs.
  • Note our closing date and time: we’re very strict on this and forms received after our deadline cannot be accepted. If you’re sending your form to us by e-mail then please check it has arrived before the deadline. We’re happy for you to call us and check at any point – ring our recruitment team on 0300
    122 8900
  • If you wish to send your application electronically, use the e-mail address, but please don’t duplicate this application by sending it in the post as well.
  • If you are sending paperwork to us via post, please ensure you put the correct postage on the envelope as your application, or valuable documents, won’t reach us.

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 from 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, and 8.00am to 4.30pm on Friday. 

Outside those times please email us on and we’ll be in touch as soon as practicable.

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.

Recruitment Vetting

As part of the recruitment process you will undergo Recruitment Vetting.

Below is a list of eligibility and vetting criteria. We advise that you take time to note the below prior to applying for any vacancy.

Police Constable/PCSO/Special/Police Staff/Volunteers

Eligibility/Vetting Criteria

All candidates must fulfill a number of criteria in order to be eligible to apply:

  • You must be a UK, EU or Commonwealth Citizen, or a foreign national whose stay in the UK is free of restrictions.
  • You must have lived in the UK for the last three years. If you have spent time abroad in the last three years you will need to check with us whether you can apply.
  • You must not have a current CCJ or have been made bankrupt (until three years after the discharge of the bankruptcy debt)
  • Persons with large and/or numerous defaults or subject of Individual Voluntary Agreements will not be eligible.
  • You must not be a member of BNP or similar organisations.
  • You must not have any tattoos which could be considered offensive and all tattoos must be able to be covered with a long-sleeved shirt.

As part of your application a significant number of background checks will be carried out, including:

  • Checks of the Police National Computer, local intelligence systems and other Criminal Justice databases for yourself, co-residents and family members - note that minor offences may not necessarily be a bar to appointment but any offence committed as an adult or juvenile which resulted in a prison sentence (including custodial, suspended or deferred sentence and sentences served at a young offenders institute or community home) will result in rejection.
  • Where past convictions, offences or involvement in criminal investigations are not disclosed by an applicant this will be treated as an attempt to mislead and so raise honesty and integrity issues which will lead to rejection.
  • In addition, for applicants who apply to become a police officer, special or PCSO biometric tests will also be undertaken requiring the taking and checking of the applicant’s DNA and fingerprints against a national crime investigation database.


Applicants for vetting clearance should understand and consent to the process taking place. Consent is signified by the applicant completing and signing the declaration on the vetting forms. Third party consent cannot be obtained directly and applicants are advised that it is their responsibility, where practicable, to inform every person whose details they include on the vetting form.

Vetting is a pre-requisite for employment and therefore those who refuse to support the process will not be considered.

Vetting Dimension

The breadth of vetting checks will increase in proportion to the sensitivity of the role and may include applicant, family members, cohabitants and associates.

The criminal history of an applicant or family member may not be compatible with employment in certain roles. In addition, personal circumstances including excessive debt, alcohol or drug dependency or psychological issues may be unacceptable.

In addition, to allow meaningful vetting checks to be completed, a minimum period of three years residency in the UK is required. If you have spent time abroad you will need to check with us whether you can apply. Applicants for higher level clearances (Management Vetting) must demonstrate a minimum period of five years residency in the UK.

Sensitive Personal Information

The vetting process includes completion of questionnaires which may contain sensitive personal information about the applicant. Such personal information is treated in confidence and retained securely within the Vetting Unit.


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