Recruitment Campaign January 2015

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

UPDATE (01/10/2018)

All Police Scotland divisions are currently available for selection on the Posting Preference Form.  We will however continue to prioritise applications based on the resourcing demands of the organisation.

**Exciting opportunities are available NOW for police officers in L division (Argyll).  Any candidate selecting  L division (Argyll) on their posting preference form will be prioritised through our selection process and, if successful, will be offered a place on the next available intake.  If you would like to speak to a member of the recruitment team about this possibility, please call 01355 566363.**

A revised application form is now in use as of 01/10/2018. Please note this form includes a mandatory word count to be used when answering the questions.  If you do not submit this revised form your application will not be accepted.


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.