Police Staff

Police Staff are employed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset under the direction and control of the Chief Constable. Staff are primarily employed at Police Headquarters, Winfrith, Bournemouth, Poole, Ferndown and Weymouth as well as in smaller numbers at other Police stations throughout the county. Police Staff are an essential part of the Police Service and complement the operational functions performed by police officers. Anyone wishing to take up an appointment as a member of the Police staff should, therefore, be able to identify fully with the aims of the Police Service.


A Civilianisation process over recent years has helped to release operational Police Officers to concentrate on their primary role of front line policing. Whilst Police Staff continue to take on an expanding number of roles which do not need the powers of a sworn police officer. Dorset Police offers an extensive range of paid and unpaid employment opportunities, including not only office based but also those that provide a direct service to the public such as Police Community Support Officers, Control Room Operators, Call Handlers and Detention Suite staff in addition to flexible work patterns and employment status. A quick visit to our vacancies page will certainly give you a great idea of what opportunities are available to you.


If you’re interested in any of the posts advertised, you can download an application pack. Just select the post you are interested in from the Police Staff Current Vacancies page and follow the link on the right hand side of the page. All applicants will be subject to security and financial vetting, identity validation, references and in specific cases a pre-employment health assessment for example where a post is covered by Health Monitoring and involves a function that is intrinsic to the work concerned.


Applications can either be submitted by email to Police-staff-recruitment@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by post to Organisational Development, Recruitment, Human Resources, Dorset Police, Force Headquarters, Winfrith, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8DZ.


The selection process for police staff posts will be by way of an example-based application form – CVs are not accepted. It is important that all candidates provide relevant examples against the "essential" (and if relevant, “desirable”) criteria included in the advertisement and job description/person specification. For example, a post may require good communication or IT skills – you must support this by giving practical examples. You will also need to complete a personal details/equal opportunities monitoring form which initially will be detached and not given to any shortlisting panel. If you are selected for interview, you will be asked questions relating to the essential (and/or desirable) criteria, so you should bear this in mind when formulating your evidence in your application. Comprehensive and extensive guidance notes are available and each applicant is strongly encouraged to read these first.


Dorset Police have been awarded the ‘two ticks’ logo ‘Positive About Disabled People!’. Therefore, all suitably qualified candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum essential criteria of the job description for the post will be short-listed for interview regardless of the total number of applications received. Disability is not part of the decision-making process and issues relating to disability will only be addressed once a decision has been made regarding the best person for the job. Unless otherwise indicated applications are welcomed from individuals wishing to undertake the duties of a post either on a part-time or job-share basis.


If you are unsuccessful at the first attempt, please do not be put off from applying again and in the meantime consider the opportunity of joining Dorset Police as a Volunteer or Special Constable. Find out more using the links on the left of this page.


Do I have to be a British Citizen?

You must be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national, a Commonwealth citizen or a foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom. You will be required to provide proof at any Assessment Centre that you have no restrictions on your stay in the UKand when assessing an applicant’s eligibility under the nationality rules, the force will carry out a check either against a full passport or national identity card or, where this is not available, a Home Office document confirming the individual has the required nationality and immigration status for the post.

Irrespective of nationality, applicants must have been a resident in the UK for three years prior to submitting the application form and the calculation of the three year period of time refers to the period immediately before an application is made, and not any other 3 year period, or any other accumulation of time spent in the UK. 

Foreign nationality is not an automatic bar to recruitment or to granting security vetting clearance (which is a necessary part of the recruitment process).  However, if individuals cannot be vetted in line with the requirements of the National Vetting Policy, they cannot be granted vetting clearance, as the risk cannot be adequately assessed.

Essentially we will need to be able to carry out equitable security checks on you and your family members but in some cases due to disproportionate costs or difficulties in obtaining the necessary information from various countries of your origin or residency we may not be able to satisfactorily carry out these checks.  In such cases the recruitment process cannot continue and it will be necessary for the force to reject your application.  

British Sign Language

We have a video available which provides some important information about Careers with Dorset Police communicated by British Sign Language. You can view these videos by following this link.

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