FAQs

20.1

How do I get an E.recruitment log in?

Access the E.Recruitment candidate link and register as a new user, where you will be asked for a username (your email address) and to create a password. This can be found in the apply section of this site.

How long does written feedback take?

Feedback is only available if you have attended an interview/assessment and the timescales are; 4 weeks for police staff and 8 weeks for police officers.

I cannot attend the set interview date, can I re-arrange for a more suitable date?

Where possible we will try to accommodate any changes, however this depends on the availability of the panel. All applicants have a right of appeal which must be submitted within 28 days of vetting notification result.

Can I apply for more than one position at the same time?

There is no limit on the number of roles you can apply for. However should you wish to apply again for the same role, you must wait 6 months.

Do all applicants go through vetting?

Anyone who is successful in their application to join BTP, will undergo vetting checks whether they are internal or external. These include proof of right to work, proof of residence, checks of criminal convictions, cautions, warnnings, associations and reprimands. These formal vetting checks will only be progressed upon conditional offer.

Can I have applications for Police Staff and Police Officer live at the same time?

Yes. However it is important to note the police officer application process can take much longer as we currently hold candidate pools.

Can I submit a CV?

BTP only accept application forms. Should you wish to submit a speculative application form, this can be done via the E.Recruitment system.

Can I be notified when you are recruiting?

Yes, by registering on the E.Recruitment site, you can set up job alerts against relevant locations, salary levels and job titles.

If I am rejected by vetting why is there a right of review and not appeal?

The vetting decision made is final, however a review of the process can be requested to ensure consistency.

I’m already vetted in my current Police role, can I carry this over?

BTP can transfer vetting from other forces, however we still conduct our own checks where applicable.

Will you ask for references?

The minimum period for which we require employment references differs between staffing groups.
For Police Staff and PCSO’s references will cover 3 years and Police Officers it is 5 years.

What security checks will I need to undergo to join BTP?

Recruitment vetting and National security vetting- This will depend on the role you are applying for. 

What is BTP’s probation period?

For Police Staff it is 6 months. (Specialist roles such as designated detention Officer are 12 months)
For PCSO’s it is 1 year.
For Police Officers it is 2 years.

What hours will I be working?

Most full time staff positions are 37 hours per week, days and times will be individual to each post.
Some police staff roles work on a 24-7 shift roster, this will be highlighted during the recruitment process.

Is there an age limit for officer applications?

The upper age limit is 57. This is three years less than the complusory retirement age of 60 and allows for the two year probationary period and the expectation of a minimum of one year of service following probation.

Do all convictions prevent applications be successful?

For Police Staff convictions, cautions or reprimands will not necessarily preclude you from appointment. It will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence. For Police Officers, PCSO's and Special Constable applications with any cautions, convictions or reprimands (including juvenile) will preclude you from any appointment.

What is reviewed during the recruitment process?

BTP review application forms, references, behaviours and attitudes throughout the entire recruitment and relevant assessment centre process. Please note that due to the volume of responses, the Recruitment Team will aim to respond to all relevant queries within 4 days.

What is the difference between a conditional offer and a formal offer?

A conditional offer is subject to vetting, medical and reference clearance. On receipt of these we will then issue a formal offer, only at this stage should your resignation be tendered.

Dress and Appearance- What is acceptable?

For individuals employed as Police Officer/PSCO/Special Constables, tattoos and facial piercings are not permited prior to attending assessment centres or whilst on operational duty.  For Police Staff tattoos must be covered at all times.

Assessment Centres- PC/PCSO/Specials

Travel to assessment centres is at an individuals own expense. Please note there is no parking available at BTP assessment centre venues.
Light refreshments will always be provided during an assessment centre process.

How many times can I attend a recruitment workshop

To ensure we can support as many of our interested applicants as possible, we will limit attendance to 3 times per person.

Should I declare all involvement with a police investigation even if 'no further action' was taken

If you have had any involvement in a police investigation you must declare this on your vetting declaration form, even if there was no further action.