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Key questions and answers for those thinking of applying to become a police officer.

Recruitment update for police officers – coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we wanted to update you on the current position for the continuation of our recruitment processes.

Welcoming future police officers is as important as ever and recruiting individuals that are passionate about making a difference to the communities we serve.

We are making some changes to some of the recruitment elements in our process to be able to do these virtually, some of which are already in place and some to get in place as quickly as we can. Local forces are now running virtual interviews and we are working with the College of Policing on a virtual national force assessment centre which we expect to be ready in the coming weeks. This means a change for the timeframe of the process and we will keep you up-to-date with the progress of your application.

Our recruitment team are committed to supporting you and appreciate current circumstances may mean more questions, so please drop us a note with any questions you have at:

We look forward to receiving your application and progressing the ones we have already received!

Can I apply if I have a tattoo?

On the whole, yes. Some tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent or numerous may result in the rejection of your application. If you are concerned, please email a picture of your tattoo to our recruitment team at for advice.

Do I need to have a driving licence at the point of application? 

Not necessarily. If you are actively working towards achieving your licence, we would still welcome an application from you. However, you must obtain your full driving licence prior to starting on an intake.

I have a student visa. Is this sufficient to apply?

Unfortunately, international students cannot apply.

Will I live and work in the same area? 

Not necessarily. You could be posted anywhere across the county. If you live in Hertfordshire, you may well find yourself working close to home, or you may be in another part of the county altogether.

What length of probation will I have?

Two years. During this time you'll continue to receive some classroom-based training, and will be assessed in the workplace.

What are the hours like?

You'll be expected to work a rolling shift pattern that includes 'earlies' (early mornings from 7am), 'lates' (late afternoon to late night, or through to early mornings at the weekend) and 'nights' (late night to morning). Each shift is around nine to ten hours. It does take a while to get used to the hours, and it is important to maintain your personal fitness to help you adjust.

Now that you have found out more about being a police officer with us, why don't you register your interest.

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