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What qualifications do I need to join?

At the present time specific educational qualifications are NOT a requirement for the role. Although a good understanding of written and spoken English is required.

What is the starting salary?

The starting salary for a PC is £24,177 (plus an additional annual £1000 location payment)

Can I apply if I am not a British Citizen?

Applicants should be UK or commonwealth citizen with a right of abode in the UK.  If you’re not a UK citizen, member of the EEA or a Swiss National, you must have a visa entitlement to live and work in the UK.  All applicants must usually have been resident in the UK during at least the preceding 3 years at   the time of application.  Some roles may require a longer period.

Do you have to live in Bedfordshire to work for Bedfordshire Police?

There is no restriction on where you live, however, take into consideration that you could be posted anywhere within Bedfordshire.

Do I need a driving licence to join?

Due to the cancellations of driving lessons and testing during Covid-19 candidates can start in the role before having a full manual driving licence. However, all applicants MUST have a full UK Driving Licence at the time of completion of the probationary period otherwise their service can be terminated.

How long before I hear if my application was successful?

The application form will be assessed by trained assessors and you will be informed within 4 weeks of submitting your application as to whether you have been successful.Frequently asked  questions Police officer

I have medical conditions? Will that prevent me from joining?

Bedfordshire is an inclusive organisation and each candidates medical declaration will be taken on a case by case basis.

How long would it be before I could join a specialist team (firearms/traffic/dogs/crime etc.)?

You are required to complete 2 years in post as a Police Officer before you are then able to apply for promotion or other internal teams/positions within the force. 

Can you join if you have been in trouble with the police in the past?

If you have had any previous cautions or convictions please detail these on your application form.  Each application will be judged on a case by case basis; however, it is essential that you disclose all previous cautions or convictions, regardless of whether you believe they are relevant. 

I have visible tattoos, can I still join?

Tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent or numerous are not acceptable.  Please supply photos, measurements and explain any symbols of any tattoos along with your application and a decision will be made.

If you have any questions that have not been included in this document or would like any advice or guidance with your application please email


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