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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about policing or the law? You may be able to find the answer here.

Through our frequently asked questions section we aim to help you find the answers you need without having to call us to ask for information. We've provided answers to questions on a range of topics which are regularly asked of police forces up and down the country.

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Applications can be accepted at the age of 18. There is no upper age limit for applying to the police service, but bear in mind that the normal retirement age is 60 years ad that new constable recruits are required to undertake a two year probationary period.

For specific recruitment queries, you will need to contact your chosen force directly via their 101 number. Also see the website in related information for more details on eligibility and the application process.

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