Eligibility, Vetting and Fitness Test

Everyone who applies to work at Lancashire Constabulary needs to meet our eligibility requirements detailed on this page.

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As part of your application to be a Police Constable you'll also need to pass the following stages:


Personal Eligibility



 You’ll need to meet the following:

  • Aged 17 or above on the day you apply and must be aged 18 or over upon appointment (we don’t have an upper age limit and value the life experience that career changers bring).
  • Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) or other organisations such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
  • If you have a criminal record, this doesn't mean you won’t be considered. This depends on the nature of your conviction. Please declare any cautions or convictions on your application form. If you don’t you’ll fail vetting due to integrity concerns.
  • You must not be registered bankrupt with outstanding debts, have outstanding County Court Judgements (CCJs) against you, or be subject to a current Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA).
  • Tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent or numerous are not acceptable. Please supply photos and measurements of any tattoos along with your application.
  • You can re-attend our National Assessment Centre (NAC) if you failed the NAC within the last 3 months providing you were within 5% of the pass mark.  Otherwise you will need to wait 6 months between taking the NAC.




Police officers encounter stressful situations, trauma, physical confrontation and work long hours on shifts. You'll need to be resilient enough to cope with the demands and pressures of police working and be in good health mentally and physically.

After passing the recruitment stages, you'll need to complete a medical questionnaire and get it signed by your doctor. You'll then have a medical examination to ensure you meet our BMI and health standards.

Your BMI must be between 18 and 30. You'll also be asked to provide a urine sample whilst at your appointment, which we'll test for illegal substances.

We follow the Government's guidance on police health officer requirements. You can find out more about these and check the list of specific health conditions.


Biometric Vetting

After your medical appointment, you will also be required to have your fingerprints scanned and a DNA sample (mouth swab) taken to check against the national police database.

Eye Sight

You must have:

  • Corrected distance vision of 6/12 or better with either the right eye or left eye.
  • 6/6 vision with both eyes together with spectacles or contact lenses if worn.
  • Corrected near visual acuity of 6/9 or better, with both eyes.

You'll need to go to an optician at the medical stage to have your eyes tested and this will be checked at your medical assessment. If you don't pass the test we'll be unable to take your application any further. Please note that these are minimum standards and do not guarantee entry into specialist roles.

Can you become a Police Constable if you are colour blind?

If your colour blindness is monochrome, you won't be able to apply. However, mild anomalous trichromacy is acceptable.



You must:

  • Be a British Citizen, or hold a passport from a full EU Member State. You can also apply if you're a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident in the UK with indefinite leave to remain.
  • You must have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately before applying.

This is because we need to vet all applicants equally. To do this we need to ensure applicants have a checkable history in the UK. Applicants who cannot be vetted cannot be appointed.  

If you live permanently in the UK, you are considered to be a UK resident.

If you have moved overseas and severed major ties to the UK (e.g. closed bank accounts and sold property) you are considered to have surrendered your residency in the UK.  This applies to people who maintain bank accounts purely for the purpose of receiving regular payments, e.g. a UK pension.

If you have:

  • Spent a significant period of time overseas without returning to the UK but with the intention of returning in the future
  • Taken a gap year or similar before or following university
  • Travelled for a year or
  • Spent time overseas visiting family

then we may be able to consider you. We'll need you to provide full details and will consider each case on its own merits.  This list is not exhaustive and is a guide only.

If you have been posted overseas as part of your service with HMG or the armed forces you are considered to have been resident in the UK for the period that you were abroad.

If you have been overseas as the spouse, partner or dependent of a member of the armed forces posted overseas then it may be possible to obtain the necessary assurance for us to establish a checkable history. We'll consider each case on its merits. The same principle applies to any family members who were also resident overseas as part of an overseas posting, tour of duty or military deployment.

What next?

We recruit police officers in groups so that new entrants can train together and gain the best start.

Register your interest and we'll keep you updated with opening dates for Police Officer applications and useful information about becoming a Police Officer.

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