What are the eligibility criteria for applying to transfer to Police Scotland?
You must be a serving officer from a “Home Office” governed Police Force and have completed 3 years continuous service. If you are member of non Home Office Forces such as the Ministry or Defence Police or Civil Nuclear Constabulary you cannot apply to transfer.
Can I include additional period of service from the Special Constabulary or Police Custody Support Officer (PCSO) roles to reach the 3 year service bracket?
No. The qualifying service must be 3 years continuous as a Police Constable.
Are there any circumstances whereby I can apply for a transfer when I have less than 3 years service?
The Recruiting Department may consider exceptional circumstances and these should be directed by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org at the Recruiting Team for consideration.
If successful in the selection process, am I guaranteed to be posted to my first choice location?
All applicants are requested to submit a preference form on application indicating the three divisions that they would consider for posting. First choices cannot be guaranteed as the allocation of officers is carried out on a demand led basis.
The recruiting department will take cognisance of the needs of transferring officers in relation to re-locating and provide assistance where required.
Can I carry forward policing specialist training such as Public Order, Firearms etc?
Yes, Police Scotland recognises National policing qualifications and if you include these on your application (including dates) these will be added to your unique personnel record.
It will be a requirement for you to attend or refresher or conversion training but this will be tailored to suit your level/experience.
If I am successful in the selection process for Transferring to Police Scotland will I remain on my current pay scale and qualify for Housing Allowance or CRTP payment?
If you are successful you will be placed on the PNB pay scale commensurate with your service bracket. This will be in line with other Police Scotland Officers.
If you are in receipt of Housing Allowance, this will be paid at the standard rate and any CRTP will be paid at the Police Scotland current rate on a monthly basis.
If you are not in receipt of CRTP but have spent 1 year at the top of your pay scale, you would need to carry out 1 year in Police Scotland before becoming eligible to submit an application.
If I have completed promotion examinations in OSPRE will these be transferable to Police Scotland?
Any OSPRE qualification can be transferred and will be included on file to allow you to apply for promotion to the rank that your OSPRE entitles you to. As there are different levels it is important that you provide evidence of your qualification.
If I am a serving Detective Officer, or member of a Specialist Department in my home force, can I transfer to Police Scotland and be retained in CID or apply for a specialist department role? Or, am I required to return to Uniform duties in all cases?
You may request consideration to remain in CID, however this cannot be guaranteed and it is likely that you will be expected to spend some time in uniform to adapt to the changes in legislation and policing procedures.
Applications should not be made on the premise that you will remain in CID. Once you are appointed to Police Scotland you can apply for specialist roles which are advertised on the Force Intranet.
Can I apply to transfer on promotion to Police Scotland or how do I continue my career development?
Police Scotland normally only accepts transferee applications from Constables. On arrival all officers can enter the Police Scotland National Promotion Process using existing OSPRE qualification or apply for a Diploma in Police Leadership and Management which affords access.
How long is the training that I would be expected to undertake and where would this be based?
The Transferee Conversion course has a duration of 3 weeks and based at Police Scotland College – Tulliallan. It is a residential course which traditionally will take place on two occasions (Intakes) per year – March and October.