Recruitment Campaign January 2015

Are you considering applying to become a police officer with Police Scotland. Make 2018 your year of change. 


The Recruitment Department will be closed from 15.00hrs for staff training on Friday 14 September 2018. 


UPDATE (01/06/2018)

From 1 June 2018 the following divisions only are available for selection on the posting preference form:

A - Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray

C - Forth Valley

E - Edinburgh

J - Lothians and Scottish Borders

L - Argyll and Bute

N - Highland and Islands

P - Fife

V - Dumfries and Galloway

We will be continually reviewing application levels against resource demands and any update to posting preference availability will be posted here.

For more information relating to divisional availability please click here


* Please note: applicants must now only submit their application form (new version from 25 May 2018), posting preference form and equality and diversity monitoring form.


PREVIOUS UPDATE (25/05/2018)

To comply with the requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect on 25th May 2018 we have now amended our police officer and special constable application forms and reviewed how we collect your personal data.

This means that from 25 May 2018 you must submit the new application form.


We are looking for people like you to join one of the biggest and best teams in Scotland.

If you are an honest, hardworking individual who is enthusiastic, motivated and looking for true job satisfaction then you can find it working with us. You’ll receive first class training and be rewarded with an extraordinary job that is like no other.

If you are looking for an exciting and varied career that gives you the chance to have fresh challenges every day then look no further and come and join us as a police officer.

You’ll need to be 18 years or over, meet the residency criteria and be physically fit.

Interested and want to apply? Find out more in the How to Apply pages.

You will need to submit:

  1. Application Form
  2. Equality and Diversity Form
  3. Posting Preference Questionnaire

If you reside in West or East Command (except for P Division) submit to us at:

If you reside in North Command or P Division within East Command or Outwith Scotland (but wish to be progressed by North Recruitment Team) submit to us at

All three forms must be submitted together and the Email header should clearly identify the Command Area you reside . Incomplete submissions will not be progressed and will be returned to you.

You can find more information about joining Police Scotland below or check out our Twitter and Facebook feeds for up to date information about recruitment.

Essential Criteria for becoming a Police Officer

There are several essential criteria which must be met for your application to be advanced further.

What we are looking for

Find out about the personal qualities and attributes that are required to become a Police Officer.

Selection Process

The selection process allows us to assess your overall suitability and is broken down into various stages.

Police Training

Find out more information about the training and probationary period for Police Officers.

Benefits and Salary

Police Scotland offers a range of benefits, including the police pension scheme and an attractive salary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most common questions are answered here, including fitness, health and religious queries.