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Eligibility criteria to become a Police Constable

There is a specific eligibility criteria that you must comply with to become a Police Constable. You must complete the questions below in order to be emailed an application pack. If you do not comply with this criteria or answer the questions truthfully your application will not be progressed.

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Are you aged between 17 and 57 years of age? (if aged 17, you will not be eligible for appointment until after your 18th birthday, and you must hold a full UK manual driving licence upon application)
Do you have a minimum of a Level 2 qualification (or equivalent) in English language and Mathematics? This can be either grade C/4 or above at GCSE level or Level 2 Functional skills.
(Please note that you are required to submit copies of all relevant certificates alongside your application. We are unable to progress your application without these).
Do you hold a full Level 6-degree qualification in Professional Policing Practice, or a full Level 6-degree qualification in any other subject?
Please note that you are required to submit copies of all relevant certificates alongside your application. We are unable to progress your application without these.
Do you have a minimum of two A levels at C/4 or above, or an equivalent Level 3 qualification, (as defined in the Education and Skills Act 2008, including international qualification equivalents), that equates to a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points?
You can check your tariff points here: UCAS Tariff Points - Calculate Your Entry Requirements
Do you have between 32-63 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of 2 A-levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification (as defined in the Education and Skills Act 2008, including international qualification equivalents)?
You can check your tariff points here: UCAS Tariff Points - Calculate Your Entry Requirements
Are you a PCSO successfully completed your probation period or Special Constable, confirmed fit for independent patrol?
If you are a Special Constable, please note you must have completed the full initial training and be signed off for independent patrol. If you are a PCSO, you must have completed your probation period and be confirmed in post.
Have you served in the Armed Forces?
Have you served for at least three years (pre 1999) or four years (post 1999)?
Are you a British citizen, a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) or a citizen of another country with the legal right to enter or leave to remain?
Have you resided continuously in the United Kingdom for the past 3 years? The only exceptions are being stationed abroad through the Armed Forces or having taken extended holiday / travelled for a period of 12 months or less where your UK residency has been maintained.
Have you ever been convicted for any offence or had any formal cautions by police for any offence or any bind-overs imposed by any court as an adult or juvenile? These include traffic convictions and fixed penalties for motoring (please select No if this includes speeding convictions where 3 points or a speed awareness course was issued, unless there are more than 3 occurences in the past 5 years.) disorder offences, anti-social behaviour orders and any appearance before a court martial? This includes spent convictions and NFA'd (no further action).
As you have declared you have convictions, we will need to run a PNC (Police National Computer) check on you to further determine your eligibility. Could you please supply your full name (including any middle names or previous names), your date of birth and town of birth. Please also give full details of your convictions, including dates and outcome even if it was NFA'd (no further action). If you do not consent to providing this information we will mark your form as ineligible.
Please give full details of your convictions, including dates and outcome even if it was NFA'd (no further action). 
Are you subject to an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA), have an outstanding County Court Judgment (CCJ), been registered bankrupt or become insolvent as a former Director of a limited company within the last three years?
Do you have any tattoos?
Do you have any tattoos on your neck or face?
If yes, please note you will not be eligible to apply.
Do you have any tattoos on your forearms, hands or any other visible tattoos when wearing short sleeves?
If yes, please note you will be required to send photos of these tattoos with your application form for assessment. Any tattoos seen to be discriminatory, rude, lewd, crude, sexist, sectarian, homophobic, violent or intimidating will result in your application being withdrawn.  
Are you a member of the British National Party (BNP), Combat 18, National front or similar organisation?
Do you take an active part in politics?
If so, are you willing to cease the active part you take should you be appointed?
Do you hold a full UK manual driving licence?
If you only hold a provisional licence you will not be eligible to apply.
Do you have any restrictions on driving (excluding the use of prescription glasses)?
Do you intend to carry out any employment for hire or gain or carry on any business should you be appointed as a Police Constable?
Do you or a relative intend to continue to hold or have financial interest in a licence or permit relating to a liquor licence, refreshment house or betting and gaming or the regulation of places of entertainment in the area of the police force in question should you be appointed as a Police Constable?
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We will collect and use personal information and special category data for employment/contract purposes and will not use or disclose information for any other purposes without your consent, unless required to do so by law, or where the use or disclosure is permitted by law and is necessary and reasonable to do so. We take care to ensure the information we hold is accurate, up-to-date and deleted when no longer required. 

As we need to run additional checks on you, it may take us longer to determine your eligibility. If you are successful, an application pack will be emailed to you. We will also contact you to advise of an unsuccessful outcome.

For further details on how we use information and your information rights, please contact the Data Protection teams or visit: www.suffolk.police.uk.
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