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16/02/2017

The Search is on for Cleveland’s Next Cohort of Rookies!

Cleveland Police is looking for dynamic men and women to join the Force as new recruits.

Applicants from all backgrounds and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply, and are not limited to any particular age group. In fact, we welcome those who are looking for a career change.


Last year’s cohort came from a wide variety of backgrounds, including former Special Constables and PCSOs, graduates, a former SSI steelworker, an electrician, a tennis coach and a lifeguard, people who worked in security and sales, a complaints manager, a chef and a factory worker.


The minimum age to apply is 18, and there is no upper age limit, though you should bear in mind that the normal retirement age for police constables and sergeants is 60. You should also be aware that all new recruits, whatever their age, are required to undertake a two-year probationary period.


There are no minimum or maximum height requirements, but you must be physically and mentally fit to be able to undertake police duties. One of the more rigorous elements of the screening process is the physical fitness training - because our officers must be able to move quickly whilst carrying a lot of heavy equipment, they have to be in pretty good shape. This is why we would advise anyone thinking of applying to do as much as they can to get fit before they do apply. If you pass the assessment process, you will then have to take a physical fitness test. To pass, you will need to be reasonably fit, and able to run short distances fairly quickly. Later you will also have to pass a medical examination.


The application process opens at 11.30am on Wednesday 8th March, and will remain open for three weeks or until 400 applications have been received – whichever comes first.


There are three events that prospective candidates can attend to get more information and ask any questions. These events will be held at Teesside University’s Centurion building:
• March 1st 6-8pm  Room H0.01(Link)
• March 2nd 6-8pm  Room H0.01 (Link)
• March 3rd 6-8pm  Room H01.01(Link)

Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “It is fantastic to be in a position to recruit more officers into the force, and ensure that we have the right number of officers to enable Cleveland Police to deliver the best service we can to the people of Cleveland, to protect them from harm, prevent crime and protect the most vulnerable. In spite of any financial challenges we may have faced recently, this is a significant step for the growth and the development of the Force.


“Our selection process is designed to identify the best applicants who demonstrate that they have the capacity to take on this robust and challenging role. Those who complete the selection process will be promised a very rewarding career full of interesting and new experiences.”


Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: “The issue of police officer numbers is always high on the agenda whenever I attend community meetings, so it is always great news when we are in a position to take on more officers.

“I am thrilled that these employment opportunities are open to local people, and I am sure that there are many talented people out there destined to be great officers.”

A career in policing is demanding, stressful, and at times dangerous. No two days are the same. However, the rewards are exceptional. Not only do you develop strong bonds with colleagues; you also carry out a really worthwhile job that gives you great personal satisfaction.


As a Police Officer your job will be to reduce crime and the fear of crime. You'll work to build relationships with local people and inspire confidence that the police understand and are prepared to deal with the issues that matter most to them. Policing will enable you to work in partnership with the public and other organisations and make a real difference to the local community.
If you think that Policing is the career for you, visit www.cleveland.police.uk/careers for more information.

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