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Frequently Asked Questions

Transferee Recruitment

If you have previously unsuccessfully applied to transfer to Dorset Police you will be required to wait six months from the date that you were removed from the process.

Yes. It is possible to transfer with your flexible working pattern.

Dorset would have no objection with someone applying to transfer whilst on a career break depending on the length of absence prior to an application. It should be noted that it may be difficult to demonstrate 'recent' roles/skills which we ask for. Each application will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Individuals may also find that the option to return after a career break is with the original Force and not directly transferable but this is something candidates will need to discuss with their own force.

No. We are pleased that you are considering applying for a transfer to Dorset Police but in order to apply you must be fully signed back to work.

You will need to submit the following documents with your applications for pack

  • photos of your tattoos (if applicable),
  • a copy of your last three years sickness record
  • a copy of your last two fully completed Performance Development Review (PDR) or a copy of your PDP/SOLAP/LDR
  • confirmation of probation completion if you have three years or less service.

No. You must have completed your two year probationary period in order to be eligible to transfer. 

Please provide a written explanation with your application and include any correspondence, signing you off your probation.

A process can take between three and six months from application launch to start date, dependent on an applicant’s individual circumstances.

We will contact your Personnel Department and Professional Standards Unit if you have been successful at shortlisting.

All transferees are required to attend a three day induction course and undertake any relevant training courses before they take up their posting.

Yes as we are not currently recruiting transferees at sergeant level.

Any national qualifications, e.g. Ospre, will be recognised once you have supplied evidence of your result. Other qualifications will be looked at and countersigned if the skill / qualification is equal to our standards. In some cases, the skill may need to be reassessed, for example driving.


Posting decisions are made in accordance with Force requirements to the area of greatest organisational need. We will however take into consideration where you live and your posting preference. Any acceptance of a formal offer is on the basis that any requests to transfer station/divisions upon appointment will not be considered for a period of two years. (Unless there are exceptional pressing welfare reasons that arise subsequent to your transfer) It must be stressed that any offer of appointment is subject to your acceptance and undertaking to travel for duty anywhere within the Force area.

Dorset Police operates a number of different shift patterns designed to meet force and divisional operational requirements. If you are successful through the recruitment process, you will in your ‘offer of appointment’ letter, be allocated a posting. Details of your exact station and shift pattern will normally be given to you during your first week of service.

Any current or previous service is recognised for annual leave purposes and you will receive a pro-rata entitlement upon transfer. You will be required to take all your current entitlement in your current force as it will not be possible to transfer outstanding leave.

Additionally, time owed in lieu cannot be transferred over. Every effort will be made to honour any pre-booked holiday/time off arrangements although this ultimately will be at the discretion of your supervisor.

Your pay will be in accordance with the national rates for your rank and service. You will transfer on the same pay point and  increment date you currently receive providing there has been no break in service. The only exception to this is MOD Police and Police Scotland who operate alternative pay scales. In this instance the current salary would be realigned to the national rates. Salaries are paid directly into your bank or building society account on the last working day of every calendar month.

Under most circumstances, your pensionable service is directly transferable from one Force to another. Therefore your pension transfers across with you. So long as you do not have a gap in your service your transfer will remain as continuous service.

If you are applying as a transferee to Dorset Police, you should not resign from your current Force until you have completed all aspects of the selection process and received written confirmation of a start date and posting. Your resignation should be effective from midnight preceding your date for joining Dorset Police. This will ensure that there is no break in service, and that your rights are continued.

For those officers who currently receive housing or rent allowance in their existing Force, an equivalent allowance will be paid.

Dorset Police do not pay any removal expenses.

Basic car course - 1 day. Basic driving is the first level of police driving. The candidate should possess the skills required to drive vehicles used by the police safely and competently.

Standard/unmarked car course. Three week course introducing the police system of driving and training officers how to handle driving in response situations. The 4th week of the course is by invitation only. Officers demonstrating sufficient skill in the initial 3 week phase will be asked to complete the 4th week.

Advanced car course. Four week course designed to refresh and enhance the skills learned during the standard sar course, to the police advanced level of driving.

We are continuing to promote, but an officer transferring to us would probably need to have served one year (tenure of the post offered) before being supported for promotion.

Unfortunately not, as transferees are expected to go straight into post which is not possible without relevant up to date training and experience.

Unfortunately not, as transferees are expected to go straight into post which is not possible without relevant training and experience in the UK.

We would hope to get transferees in place within 4-6 months from initial application, dependent on the current roles available and the time taken by individuals to complete all stages of the recruitment process.

  1. Transferee application
  2. Shortlisting
  3. Interview based on skills, competencies, Force Values and Code of ethics
  4. Job Related Fitness Test
  5. Medical Suitability
  6. Vetting
  7. Home Force reference

Integrity, Professionalism, Fairness and Respect.