How to apply
We are not curently recruiting PCSOs.
Do you have the qualifications?
To apply to become a PCSO, you must have a GCSE grade A to C in both Maths and English Language (or equivalent level 2 or above qualifications in both of these subjects).
If you do not have these qualifications, but would be interested in joining us as a PCSO, please contact us by email: SSFPCSORecruitment@nthwales.pnn.police.uk.
You must hold the qualification at the time of submitting your application.
We cannot accept 'expected grades', as you will need to supply copies of your certificates as part of your application.
Are you eligible?
Eligibility requirements for the police service are fairly detailed. After registering your details in the e-recruitment system, there will be some questions to determine whether you are eligible to apply. They will cover the following topics...
You must be 18 or over at the time of submitting your application.
You need to be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national, a Commonwealth citizen, or a foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the UK.
You must have resided continuously in the UK for a three year period immediately prior to submitting your application. You cannot have been absent from the UK for more than six months during this time.
If you have been serving with the British Armed Forces or on UK Government Service, you are considered to have been resident in the UK.
We are unable to consider you if you have outstanding County Court Judgements, or a current Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA), or have been registered bankrupt within the last three years.
This vetting information provides more details.
If you are a member of the BNP or a similar organisation - or have ever been a member - you are not eligible to apply.
Tattoos are allowed at North Wales Police, but they must not be offensive or undermine the dignity and authority of your role.
During your application we will ask you to send us a photo and a description of your tattoos.
Some examples of tattoos we would not accept are:
- Swear words
- Naked bodies
- Weapons that are not linked to a tribute to your service in the armed forces
- Any tattoo ridiculing a particular belief or religion
We need to be sure we recruit people of the highest quality, so our application process involves several challenging steps.
Even if you achieve them all, be aware that it does not automatically guarantee a position with us. We have to balance the operational needs of the Force with the number of vacancies.
If you meet the eligibility criteria and want to apply, please read through the information below for full details about the steps involved.
Create a profile and register your details on our e-recruitment system.
If you have also applied to another force using this system, you will need to create a separate profile for your North Wales application. This is because different forces handle the application process differently.
The first part of the process asks questions to determine if you are eligible to apply.
If you are eligible, you will be guided through the application process. First, there will be some online tests. These will include an online Behavioural Style Questionnaire and a Situational Judgement Test.
You can find out more about these tests in these guidance documents:
If you do not have the required GCSE in English and Maths, but feel your experience equates to this level then you will be able to take a psychometric test (Verbal Reasoning and Calculation). This will test your academic ability.
If you pass these tests, you will move on to complete the online form.
You do not need to complete the whole form in one session, you can save your progress as you go along.
Depending on the answers you have provided, we may need to review your application.
If there are any issues we need to discuss with you, we will contact you to do so.
Successful applicants will then move onto the next stage.
The interview is to help us understand more about you as an individual and your ethics and values.
It will last about 40 minutes and is based on:
- the Competency and Values Framework [PDF]
- your research into the role and North Wales Police as an organisation
We are flexible in terms of language used in the interview. You will need to let us know whether you want to speak in English or Welsh, or a combination of both if that is easier for you. The interview is not a test of your Welsh skills.
Your details will be sent to our Vetting unit to start carrying out background checks. Our Recruitment Team will obtain references from your former employers and/or academic institutions.
We will only contact your current employer with your consent – it will be one of the last stages of the process.
You will be asked to provide a fingerprint and DNA sample, to be stored on the Police Elimination Database.
Policing has never been an easy job. You will be required to handle a variety of situations involving physically challenging tasks.
You will need strength, agility and stamina to deal effectively with situations as well as to defend yourself and others. You also need to be fit to handle police equipment safely and to work shifts.
The fitness test is a way for us to ensure you are fit enough to cope with the demands of the job.
Learn more about what the test involves [PDF].
You will have been given a medical history questionnaire and an optician’s form. These must be completed by your doctor and optician – please note that they may charge you for doing this, and it can take up to four weeks to return the forms to you.
Once your medical papers have been viewed by our Occupational Health Unit, you will be invited to attend for a medical assessment with our nurse and Force doctor.
As part of the medical you will be required to undertake a drugs test.
Eyesight standards (Gov.uk)
Here at North Wales Police we actively encourage all our staff and officers to use Welsh in their daily lives at work.
Therefore we ask all new PCSO recruits to demonstrate basic skills in the Welsh language (level 2 competency).
The review will take place in an informal manner with a sympathetic Welsh speaker. We offer support and guidance to help you achieve the required level for the role.
We also have online learning resources that may assist you with your learning. Please note it is a spoken review - there is no written test.
If you are a fluent Welsh language speaker or went to an all Welsh speaking school then you won’t need to complete the review. This will be verified during the process.
Once the process is complete and information gathered, we will decide whether to offer you a position.
If you’re successful, we’ll write to you offering a place on the next available intake.