Special constable recruitment process

Stage 1: Application

Before you apply, check that recruitment is open and that you are eligible to apply.

Your application will go through a formal papersift process.  This includes the marking of competency based answers.

Download the application forms here

Stage 2: Interview

If you are successful at the application stage, we will invite you to an interview. 

Interviews will be held at Force HQ in Nettleham, Lincoln or at your local station. Interviews should last no more than 45 minutes.

Interview panels consist of police officers of differing ranks and members of the Special Constabulary

Stage 3: Fitness test

To ensure you are fit enough to carry out the role of a Special Constable, you must undertake a fitness test before being appointed. Your fitness will be assessed through a bleep-test. You must reach a minimum of 5.4 to pass.

Your fitness will be assessed annually to ensure you continue to maintain the required fitness level.

Stage 4: Medical

We will ask you to complete a medical history questionnaire and attend a medical appointment.  This is with our Force Physician in Lincoln.  It will include a medical examination, eyesight and hearing test.

Stage 5: Pre-employment checks

We will conduct comprehensive vetting checks and request references.


We will conduct police checks on you, your immediate family and any adult living at the same address as you.  We will also request National Security Vetting and carry out financial checks.

DNA and fingerprints (Biometric Vetting)

We will take samples of your DNA and fingerprints and check against outstanding crimes.  We do this after we make a provisional offer, but before a final offer to appoint.


We will write to your two chosen referees.  One of which should be your current employer.

When all the necessary checks are complete, we will write to you to confirm your acceptance.

Once we have received satisfactory clearance, we will allocated a place to you on the next available intake.  This is providing there is room available at your chosen station.  Your appointment is subject to your continued suitability.  

Stage 6: Uniform fitting

We will invite you to Force Headquarters for a uniform fitting.  This will take place in the two weeks leading up to the Initial Training Programme start date.

Whilst in your uniform, you will have your photograph taken for your warrant card.

Stage 7: Training

Attendance on all dates within the Initial Training Programme is mandatory before you can go out on duty.  

More help and support

Contact the Resource and Succession Planning Team

Lincolnshire Police Headquarters
PO Box 999
01522 558235
Email: Resourcing@lincs.pnn.police.uk

03 Jun 21 12:26 PM

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