To become a special constable, you will need to be successful in our recruitment process. The following information will help you work out if you are eligible.

If you have any further questions please email policeofficerrecruitment@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk 

  • You must be aged over 18 to join the police service
  • You must have a minimum of GCSE's English and Maths graded 9-4/A*-C or equivalent qualification (aligned with the new Police Constable entry routes requirement).
  • A full driving licence is required at the start of training. A provisional licence is accepted for now but a commitment must be made to gain a full licence before the start of training
  • You must be available to attend all of the stages of the recruitment process

Our recruitment officers can answer any questions you may have and offer any support you need throughout the process.

Previous convictions and cautions

You will be expected to detail all convictions and cautions (including those spent). Police National Computer (PNC) records will be checked and any omissions could affect the outcome of the vetting process. This will be reviewed on a case by case basis. This information will NOT be divulged to your family, employer or Wiltshire Police manager. For more information please visit the home office guidance on recruitment 

Employment exclusions

Applicants who are employed in the following roles will not be eligible for selection:

  • Armed Forces Personnel
  • Traffic Wardens, civil enforcement officers and school crossing patrols
  • Neighbourhood and Street Wardens
  • Highways Agency Traffic Officers employed in an 'on-road' capacity
  • PCSOs
  • Members of private constabularies
  • Ministry of Justice employees (Magistrates, Judges, Clerks, CPS)
  • Immigration Officers
  • Security Personnel (including door supervisors)

Applicants in the below roles may be eligible at the discretion of Wiltshire Police Recruitment or Chief Officer and will require written support from their respective employers, Chief Officer, Governor or local NHS Trust. Applicants may also be required to produce a copy of their job description for consideration by the recruitment manager:

  • Armed Forces Reserves
  • Fire Service
  • Medical or Health Professionals
  • Serious Organised Crime Agency Staff (SOCA)
  • Prison Officers
  • Probation officers, youth and social workers
  • Holders and their partners of premises licences and designated premises supervisors, licensees of betting/gaming premises. 


All applicants need to have resided permanently in the UK for a minimum of three years prior to applying. However if you have resided outside the UK for a time but can provide sufficient information to enable meaningful checks to be conducted in relation to that period, we will consider your application alongside the information you provide.


Applicants will not be considered if they have an existing County Court Judgement (CCJ) or have been declared bankrupt in the last three years.