Shift patterns

Not all roles require you to work a shift pattern. Those roles that require shift work will be advertised and include the expected shift pattern for you to consider. There will be a certain level of flexibility, where possible, but this would be discussed should you be the successful candidate.

Postal applications

Unfortunately we cannot post application forms out to you, as we have an online recruitment portal. At Cleveland Police we aim to be as environmentally friendly and cost efficient as possible, for this reason we have decided to go paperless and we no longer accept any forms in paper format.

Age limit

Police staff jobs require all applicants to be 18, if you are under 18 please have a look at our Police Cadets. We have no upper age limit.


To apply for our roles here, you need to go on our current vacancies page and select a job you wish to apply for; this will then redirect you to our online recruitment portal. You then need to fill our application form, focussing on referring closely to the Job Description and evidencing the job essential and desirable criteria in your answers.


The vetting process is maintenance of the highest levels of honesty and integrity, and the prevention of corrupt, dishonest, unethical, or unprofessional behaviour. We carry out necessary checks into personal life such as background, family members, and associates to ensure Cleveland Police employees are to the highest standard and can uphold our force values.

These checks can take a number of weeks (depending on the level of vetting needed for your job) because of the thorough research our checks need.

After you've applied

Your application will be passed to the relevant hiring manager for shortlisting. This is an anonymous process.

Should you be successful at the shortlisting stage, you will then be invited to the next stage of the process, which could include things such as a presentation, an aptitude test or another form of assessment. as well as an interview.

Should you pass all required elements, you will then receive your conditional offer and begin your pre employment checks.

Pre employment checks are generally vetting, submission of a medical questionnaire and reference checks. Some more specialist roles could require additional elements.

If you are unsuccessful at any of these stages, you will receive an e-mail, to the e-mail address that you registered with, to inform you of the outcome.

If I have had absences in my previous employment will this affect my pre-employment checks?

This would only be identified by the reference check process and is considered on a case by case basis.


All roles that are advertised include their individual job description. This document will inform you of any required qualifications.


This is part of our pre-employment checks here at Cleveland Police, we require the previous 3 years employment or previous two employers.

If you do not want us to contact your current employer until the other pre-employment checks have cleared please let us know.

Criminal convictions

Eligibility will depend on the nature and circumstances of the offence. It is not possible to set out a full list of convictions that will preclude a person from joining the force. Each case will be considered on its own merits, and if the offence is deemed sufficiently serious a person will be rejected irrespective of age at time of offending.

There may be circumstances where an individual does not fall within the criteria, but whose suspected involvement in crime, or criminal associations make an offer of employment inappropriate.