Are you eligible to apply?

Vetting & right to work

It is essential we verify your identify, confirm that you live at the address you have stated and have the right to work in the United Kingdom.

Vetting Requirements

You must be a British citizen, an EC/EEA national, a Commonwealth citizen or a foreign national with no restrictions on your stay in the United Kingdom (UK). You will be required to provide proof at any assessment centre/interview that you have no restrictions on your stay in the UK and must have been a resident in the UK for three years for the role which requires recruitment vetting and five years for a role which requires management vetting prior to submitting the application form (from the time of submitting the application). Please note foreign nationality is not an automatic bar to recruitment or to granting security vetting clearance. However, if individuals cannot be vetted in line with National Vetting Policy, their application will not be progressed.

For further information on vetting exclusions please read the a Police Staff Eligibility document.


In order for the Force to confirm your identity, you will need to supply your current passport plus a second document, which shows your address* (dated within last three months).  If you cannot supply a passport, we will need two different documents from the following list (warrant cards will not be accepted).

The documents we may accept from a candidate to establish their identity will include:

  • Current and valid passport
  • British Driving Licence (valid and up to date)
  • Birth Certificate (full certificate, issued within 6 weeks of birth)
  • Utility Bill (dated within last three months and showing current address)

If the two documents you bring with you do not show your current address, you must provide a third document that does, e.g. bank or credit card statement)

*if you are a student, you will need to provide proof of your permanent and term time residence.

Rehabilitation of Offenders

Due to the nature of police work, all posts are exempt from Section 4(ii) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions Order 1975) and therefore all applicants MUST disclose information about any convictions and cautions.  This includes those which are spent (including driving).  If you are appointed by Devon & Cornwall Police and it later becomes known that you or your partner have failed to disclose these convictions / cautions, this may or is likely to result in dismissal or disciplinary action.

Right to Work

A right to work check means that the Force will check a document which is acceptable for showing permission to work. This must be done before employing a person to ensure that they are legally allowed to do the work. If the person has time-limited permission to work in the UK, a follow up check must be undertaken.

Devon & Cornwall Police have a duty to prevent illegal working by carrying out in-house prescribed document checks on all potential employees and encouraging management to do the same. The Force will prevent illegal working and ensure only the employment of people who have permission to work lawfully in the UK.

For a full list of documents deemed acceptable in determining your right to work in the UK, please visit the site.

Devon & Cornwall Police will obtain the original copies; check the validity of the documents presented and make a copy for retention, recording the date the check was made.

Political Restrictions

The public expects the highest standards of integrity and behaviour from the Police Service; therefore, it is vital that members of Devon & Cornwall Police secure and maintain the confidence of all communities in line with the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

There are memberships of certain organisations which are considered inappropriate for all members of Devon & Cornwall Police, as they are incompatible with the Force responsibility to promote equality and diversity. In line with Home Office Circular 12/2005, the following memberships are forbidden for all members of the Force:

  • The British National Party (BNP)
  • Combat 18
  • The National Front

What is a Political Restricted Post?

A politically restricted post prevents an individual from having any active political role either in or outside the workplace and will automatically be disqualified from standing for or holding elected office. They are also restricted from canvassing on behalf of a political party or a person who is or seeks to be a candidate, and speaking to the public at large or publishing any written or artistic work that could give the impression that they are advocating support for a political party.


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Devon & Cornwall Police
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Middlemoor, Exeter

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