Is it possible to become a police officer if you have a criminal record?

Over the last few years, the rules regarding eligibility to become a police officer have been slightly relaxed. However, there are still strict entry requirements and some convictions/caution will result in your application being immediately rejected whilst others will be considered on a case by case basis.

We have published some new information which sets out how your criminal record might affect your application to join the police.

If you have a criminal record and were accepted to become a police officer, we’re keen to hear from you and share your story anonymously. Email us at


For more information

  1. For practical self-help information  – More information on this can be found on our looking for (and keeping) employment and volunteering section
  2. To discuss this issue with others – Read and share your experiences on our online forum – specific occupations and professions
  3. Questions – If you have any questions about this, you can contact the helpline.
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Debbie Sadler