Police Staff Application Pack

Attendance requirement

The regular and reliable attendance of all staff at work is fundamental to the ability of Dorset Police to effectively deliver its annual Policing Plan and enable the Force to achieve two clear strategic objectives – To Make Dorset Safer and To Make Dorset Feel Safer.  In recognition of this all external applicants are required to complete an Attendance Self-Declaration form. 

However, this will only take place at the end of the relevant selection process, for the successful applicant(s) only and as part of the conditional offer/final pre-employment checks.


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.  


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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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