Police Officer Rejoiner FAQ

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How do I apply?

To apply you need to visit the West Midlands Police Website and view the ‘Police Officer Rejoiners Constable 2200001N’ vacancy. You will need to create a profile if you have not already done so, and then complete and submit the application.

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Is there a restriction on how long you can be out of policing to apply to rejoin?

No there is no restriction, we welcome the knowledge and experience gained from previous Police Officers, if you have been out of policing for a significant period of time we will provide additional training internally to make sure you feel comfortable before returning to full duty.

I have retired as a Police Officer, can I rejoin?

If you have retired unfortunately you are not eligible to rejoin WMP as a Police Officer. We do however have many other staff and volunteer opportunities available where we would welcome your knowledge and skills.

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Am I required to live within a certain distance of the force/posting to apply?

There is no requirement to live within a certain area/distance within the force however please bear in mind you may be posted anywhere within the West Midlands and we cannot make any guarantees on specific locations of work.

Can I rejoin if I did not serve with WMP?

Yes, as long as you served with a UK Home Office Police Force or British Transport Police we would welcome your interest in rejoining.

Do you accept rejoiners from Civil Nuclear, MOD or any other non home office forces?

No we do not accept rejoiners from either of these as they are not Home Office Forces and the training is not transferable. If you are unsure, please ask us here:

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I didn’t complete my full training and probation period – can I rejoin?

No you must have completed your full training and probation period and be signed off as a substantive officer to rejoin. If this was not completed and you are interested in becoming a Police Officer again you can apply through the PCDA/DHEP route (subject to eligibility).

What rank will I return on?

At the moment we are only accepting applications for Constable Rejoiners. We are not currently recruiting for any higher ranks.

What salary will I return on?

You will return on the salary you were receiving when you left the Service previously.

If returning from a different force other than WMP, this will need to be checked with the payroll team.

Please note that no allowances from previous forces will be included and if you were entitled to other benefits during your initial employment such as housing allowance, relocation allowance etc. the schemes may no longer be available.

What is the process for rejoining?

An application must be submitted online, this will then be reviewed to determine if you are eligible.

Once it’s confirmed you are eligible, you will then need to sit a CVF based interview.

Upon successful completion of the interview, a knowledge check will be conducted. You will then be subject to all background checks which include:

  • Vetting and CTC checks
  • Medical checks
  • References
  • Fitness test (bleep test to level 5.4)
  • Biometrics (Fingerprints and DNA)
  • ID checks

After successful completion of the above, we will then look to arrange a posting and suitable start date, subject to training needs.

I was previously a WMP Officer can I have my old collar number?

We appreciate that collar numbers hold a lot of significance to employees of WMP, we have explored the opportunity for rejoiners to be allocated previous collar numbers however unfortunately this is not possible; this is due to many issues including pay, tax and various WMP systems which are linked to the collar number.

You will be issued a new collar number once you join.

I was previously vetted, do I need to go through the vetting process again?

We understand that you may have recently been subject to vetting, however all WMP staff and officers must undergo our vetting and CTC background checks when entering our organisation.

Can I choose my posting?

We ask for preferences in relation to your posting and location, however we always state this is not guaranteed. You are not able to choose your own posting. Your skills and experience will be reviewed along with your address to review and decide the most suitable posting.

The key consideration for the decision of the posting is the operational need, so you can be posted to any location and department within the force.

When will my posting be confirmed?

The postings are decided once the background checks are completed or near completion. We will request the posting and update you as soon as possible.

If a start date is approaching and your checks have been completed but a posting has not been decided, an offer of employment can be sent out without the posting confirmed. The posting will then be confirmed once it has been decided.

What is involved within the training?

Training will be based upon the outcome of your knowledge check and tailored to your individual needs. They will include an induction, personal safety training and first aid training.

Will my previous continuous service be carried across?

As you have resigned/left and are applying to rejoin, your previous continuous service will not carry on upon joining WMP. The continuous service date will start from the date you join us.

Can I rejoin the Pension Scheme?

Yes, however please be aware that you would be joining the most recent pension scheme that the WMP offers; depending on the length of time away from the service this may have different Terms and Conditions compared to the scheme you paid into previously.

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