Applications are only available when we are recruiting for police officers.
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.
Stage 2: National sift
The national sift consists of two exercises testing the competencies and values that are important for the role of police constable. You will be asked to complete a situational judgement test (SJT) and a behavioural style questionnaire
Stage 3: Assessment centre
If your application is successful, we will invite you to attend an assessment centre.
This is normally held at the College of Policing assessment centre in Ryton near Coventry. At present, we will invite you to attend an online assessment. Further details can be found on the College of Policing website.
If you are successful at the national sift, you will be invited to attend an online assessment process with the College of Policing. The College of Policing online assessments have been developed to enable effective assessment of the required competencies and values that are important for police constables. The exercises that you will be required to undertake as part of the assessment process are:
Competency based interview
You will be given sufficient time to prepare in advance of any assessment and be provided with all the information that you will need. You will be provided with your result approximately three to four weeks after your assessment. You can find the latest news and updates relating to assessment activity on the College of Policing website
Stage 4: Interview
If you pass at the assessment centre, we will invite you to an interview with us at Lincolnshire Police.
You should carry out research on Lincolnshire Police and policing issues in the county. You should show why you have applied to become a police constable and why you wish to serve with Lincolnshire Police.
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 7: Pre-employment checks
We will conduct comprehensive vetting checks and request references covering the past five years.
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. We do this to ensure that Lincolnshire Police employ people with the highest levels of integrity, who can behave professionally at all times, as the public would expect from the service.
The vetting process is entirely confidential, and you will be required to provide details of the following persons:
children/children of your partner (only those aged 10 years and over)
any other adult living at your address
The vetting checks look for any previous behaviour (for both the applicant and family/associates) which may present a risk to the force. As an officer you will be in a privileged position, with access to police premises, assets and information, therefore it is necessary that we conduct appropriate checks prior to your joining. We will look at your previous arrests, cautions, convictions, investigations that you may have been part of, penalty notices intelligence etc. We will also check that you are not in a vulnerable position, whether this be financially or otherwise.
The information is reviewed by our vetting team, and a decision will be made surrounding your suitability for the role. Without vetting clearance, you will not be able to progress with your application.
Should you have any queries regarding your suitability, please call the PC Recruitment team on the number at the bottom of this page.
DNA and fingerprints (biometric vetting)
We will take samples of your DNA and fingerprints and check against outstanding crimes. We do this before we make a provisional offer.
We will request references from all your employers and educational establishments for the last five years. We will not take a reference from your current employer at this stage, unless you specify that they can be.
You will need to account for any gaps in your employment or education history, if this falls within the past five years.
When all the necessary checks are complete, we will write to you to confirm your acceptance.
Your application is held until we have confirmation of a start date as a police constable. Your appointment is subject to your continued suitability.
Hi, I'm Tom Hig, and we're part of the operational training team here on police HQ in Nettleham. And today we're going to demonstrate a few techniques regarding the fitness test.
So, this video is going to give you a few hints, tips and basic techniques on how you can improve the fitness test, also known as the dreaded bleep test.
So, whether you're thinking of joining as a special, a regular or you're currently serving and you're just looking to improve your performance, then this video is for you.
So before I show you some techniques and give you some training tips, I just want to dispel a few myths. First of all, a lot of people tell me they train for the bleep test by going to spin or running on a treadmill. This training is good, however it doesn't incorporate any form of turning, which is crucial to the fitness test itself.
Secondary, not many people know this, but if you don't set the gradient at least 1.5% on a treadmill it's actually the equivalent of running downhill. Why is that? Well, the treadmill has a motor, it does some of the work for you, meaning you don't actually propel your body forward like you would do naturally. So by setting the gradient to around 1.5% it would counter this and stimulated you running on the flat.
One final thing which is becoming more and more common is the amount of officers who are incredibly anxious before the fitness test. This anxiety increases your heart rate, it puts a massive amount of adrenaline to your body and can actually fatigue you before you've even started. So how can you combat this? Well don't laugh, but something as simple as downloading the [bleep test] app from the Google Store or wherever if you have an iPhone, and just listen to it whenever you have a spare five minutes. It will actually help you massively. When listening to it you can also visualise yourself comfortably making the line each time to bleep sounds. And when you combine that with the tips and training methods that I'll outline next, when it actually comes to do the test for real and hear the sounds of the dreaded bleep it actually won't feel so bad, there won't be so much of a shock. And ultimately, you'll feel a lot more confident.
Okay, let's have a look at the first tip I'm going to give you. It's really easy, and anyone can use it. This is simply to slow down before the line and not actually on the line itself. The harder you have to stop the more energy that's required. We want to keep as much energy in the legs as possible. So, by coming off the gas four to five metres away from the line will allow you to naturally slow down before you get there. The idea here is to save as much energy as possible in your and so you can use that to accelerate away from the line, as opposed to break. Just like approaching a set of traffic lights when they're on red, if you're accelerating all the way to it and then slammed on your brakes last minute, it will require a lot of energy. However, if you slow down naturally by coming off the gas, there's a good chance only minimal force will be used by the brakes. And this is the exact same principle you can apply with the bleep test itself.
So now we've understood how to slow down before the line, let's have a look at the turn itself. You might notice when Rebecca reached the line she wasn't facing forward and her foot doesn't want to come around 90 degrees so it's pointing in the same direction as the line. By turning your body as you're about to step over the line brings the foot around naturally in the same direction as the line. Again, this cuts down on the braking aspect. It saves energy, is more efficient and it allows for much smoother transmission during the turns.
The key point to this is if you are going to turn left then it is your right foot that should be on the line and vice versa.
So we've demonstrated a few techniques and tips, let's look at how we can train for the fitness test and incorporate all of this together.
You can pretty much do this anywhere, outdoors, indoors. All you need is about four or five metres, which is 13 to 16 feet off the top of my head. Now we look at training to reach level 5.4, as this is the minimum standard required to join, which you have to maintain on a yearly basis. You can apply this training method irrelevant of ability so long as you know how many shuttles it is to reach your desired level.
So to reach level 5.4, believe it or not, is just 3 minutes 36 seconds. I know some of you might be watching thinking "no that's not right, it feels like at least 10 minutes". I'm sorry, it's only 3:36. I've even timed it myself.
It's also a total 35 shuttles, across a 15 metre hall. So the formula I'm going to give you is a 25% formula. This is 25% of the number of shuttles it takes to reach your goal, which indicates to reach over 5.4 works out to just under nine shuttles. You then do this six times through, which works out at 54 shuttles in total, which is 19 more than what's required on the day itself.
So nine shuttles, quick break, get your breath back and you're going to do this six times through. Ideally, you want to be doing this two to three times per week. And the key point here is it's important to practice turning on each leg, because you may not always be lucky enough to land on your strong leg.
Once you can manage this comfortably and feel ready to progress to the next stage there's options that you've got available to you. You can either increase the number of shuttles you are doing. So instead of just doing nine shuttles, you could do ten, 11, 12. You can increase the amount of sets you do, for example instead of just doing six, you could do seven, eight or nine. And if you feel super ambitious, you could even incorporate a squat or a squat jump after to each turn to add some real strength to your legs.
So by utilising these tips, techniques and training methods in this video, it will massively help.