Your recruitment experience may differ slightly depending on the role you’re applying for. But the process does contain some core aspect:
pre-employment checks to include vetting, references, medical, drug test and bio metrics
The selection process for police staff posts is by way of an example-based application form and interview.
As part of our pre-employment checks, we undertake drug screening. This is conducted by an external company called Abbott. The process involves samples of hair being collected and analysed to determine whether any of the following six core substances are present:
Amphetamines (including ecstasy)
Opiates (e.g. morphine and heroin)
Before this you will be required to complete a consent form to confirm that:
you consent to the screening taking place
you accept that a positive screening will be recorded on your medical file (if applicable)
you have declared if you have taken any medicines within the period relevant to the history
you understand that a positive result could affect a successful application.
Any candidate who refuses to sign the consent form will have their application terminated. All new police officer recruits will have to have these samples taken as part of the recruitment process.