What we are looking for

Successful applicants come from every walk of life. However each individual must be able to clearly demonstrate that they possess the wide range of personal qualities and attributes essential to become an officer with Police Scotland, such as:

  • Ability to demonstrate a realistic appreciation of the role and duties;
  • Ability to demonstrate adequate knowledge of key areas such as the training programme, fitness and conduct standards;
  • Highest levels of personal integrity, honesty, conduct;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Strong community and customer focus;
  • Personal effectiveness;
  • Emotional resilience;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Respect and understanding of equality and diversity;
  • Effective team working skills;
  • Proven level of physical fitness;
  • Strong desire for continual personal development;
  • Ability to study, learn and pass ongoing academic assessment, particularly throughout the two year probationary period;

Are you what we are looking for?

Becoming a police officer is an incalculable commitment to public service.

Public confidence in the police depends on police officers demonstrating the highest level of personal and professional standards of behaviour at all times, both on and off duty.


Before you consider applying to join Police Scotland you should read about our Code of Ethics for Policing in Scotland and Standards of Professional Behaviour, which both provide guidance about what the public should expect from all officers and what all officers should expect from each other.


The Code of Ethics for Policing in Scotland reflects the three values of Police Scotland , those being Integrity, Fairness and Respect and encompasses our commitment to Human Rights . These obligations are reflected within the Constable's Declaration, found within the Police Fire and Reform Act 2012.


The Code of Ethics for Policing in Scotland apply to all officers and members of staff whilst the Standards of Professional Behaviour apply to all officers up to the rank of Chief Superintendent. They are not intended to describe every situation but rather to set a framework which everyone can easily understand. They enable everybody to know what type of conduct by a police officer is acceptable and what is unacceptable.