Whilst formal qualifications are not necessary, the requirements needed for a police Special are the same as any other member of police officer or staff.

We are committed to Equality and Diversity. We welcome applications from members of minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities who are currently under represented in our workforce. All applications will be treated on merit.

Listed below are the basic eligibility requirements for those wishing to become a member of police staff.


You must be at least 18 years old to apply for a vacancy with Lancashire Constabulary.  There is no upper age limit.


You must be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national or a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom. Foreign nationals and UK citizens who have lived abroad may have to wait some time for security and vetting clearance.


In accordance with the College of Policing Vetting Code of Practice and associated Authorised Professional Practice (APP) candidates must meet the 3 year minimum UK residency criteria which applies to the period immediately before an application is made, and not any other time period or accumulation of time spent in the UK. 

The need for the residency rule arises from the requirement to vet all applicants in an equitable manner and to ensure applicants have a checkable history in the UK, so that meaningful vetting enquiries can be undertaken.  Applicants who cannot be vetted cannot be appointed. 

If an individual resides permanently in the UK, they are considered to be a UK resident.

An individual who has moved overseas and severed major ties to the UK (e.g. closed bank accounts and sold property) is considered to have surrendered their residency in the UK.  This would apply to people who maintain bank accounts purely for the purpose of receiving regular payments, e.g. a UK pension.

An individual who has spent a significant period of time overseas without returning to the UK but with the intention of returning in the future or who has taken a gap year before or following University or has travelled for a year or spent time overseas visiting family may be able to be considered.  Full details including dates will be required and each case considered on it’s merits.  This list is not exhaustive and is a guide only. 

An individual who has been posted overseas as part of their service with HMG or the armed forces is considered to have been resident in the UK for the period that they were abroad.

Where an individual has been overseas as the spouse, partner or dependent of a member of the armed forces posted overseas can be considered to have been resident in the UK if their place of residence was within the confines of the establishment, e.g. a military base.  If they were residing outside this, they are considered to have been resident overseas.


Please see specific requirements in the candidate specification for the vacancy you are interested in applying for. You will be required to provide certificates evidencing relevant skills and abilities if you are invited to interview.


Special Constables encounter stressful situations, trauma, physical confrontation and work long hours on shifts. They need to be resilient enough to cope with the demands and pressures of police work. Applicants must therefore be in good health mentally and physically to undertake police duties. If you pass the recruitment stages, you will be required to complete a medical questionnaire and get it signed by your doctor. You will then undergo a medical examination to ensure you meet the BMI and health standards required. Your BMI must be between 18 and 30. You will also be required to provide a urine sample whilst at your appointment, this will be tested for any illegal substances.   

Financial Status

All applicants will have their financial status verified through a credit reference check. These checks are carried out because police officers and staff have access to privileged and highly sensitive information, which may make them vulnerable to corruption. Applicants to the police service should normally be free from undischarged debt or liability and be able to manage existing loans.  The emphasis should be on the sensible management of loans.    



Applicants who have outstanding County Court / Sheriff’s Court Judgements outstanding against them or are subject of a current Individual Voluntary arrangement (IVA) / Trust Deed should not be considered.  Applicants who have been registered bankrupt / subject of sequestration and their bankruptcy / sequestration debts have not been discharged should not be considered (but can be considered once three years has elapsed from date of discharge).  Debt Relief orders (DRO) will be treated in the same way as a bankruptcy.  A certificate of satisfaction will be required where appropriate. 

Criminal Record

You may still be eligible to join the police service if you have minor convictions /cautions, but there are certain offences and conditions that will make you ineligible.  When making our decisions we are guided by NPIA Circular 2/2011 and the Association of Chief Police Officers’ National Vetting Policy for the police.  If you have previous convictions and/or cautions and want to check whether they will preclude you please email VettingUnit@lancashire.pnn.police.uk providing your full name and any other names by which you have previously been known, date and place of birth, five year address history with dates and details of the sanctions received.

Due to the level of access and sensitivity of some roles/ posts within Lancashire Constabulary, they are designated as requiring an enhanced level of vetting. If appropriate, you will be notified of this requirement during the recruitment process.


Tattoos which are particularly prominent, offensive or undermine the dignity and authority of your role are unacceptable. This guideline also applies to facial piercings. Each case will be considered on its own merits.

Membership of the BNP or a similar organisation

Lancashire Constabulary has a policy of prohibiting any of our officers or staff from becoming members of the BNP, or a similar organisation whose aims, objectives or pronouncements may contradict the duty to promote race equality. If you are, or have previously been a member of the BNP or a similar organisation, your application may be rejected.

*The Chief Constable reserves the right to reject any candidate whom he may consider unsuitable for the police service.




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