Common Questions | Counter Terrorism Policing

Common Questions

View the latest recruitment questions from Counter Terrorism Policing

How do I apply for a role with you?

Visit www.counterterrorism.police.uk/careers/ or local police force websites for our vacancies, you can also view our recruitment timeline.

A career in Counter Terrorism Policing (CT Policing) is like no other. Every day offers a variety of exciting challenges and exceptional opportunities played out on a regional, national and international stage.

Your skills could help protect the UK. With the ongoing terrorist threat, there has never been a more important time to be working alongside some of the best and brightest to help keep people safe.

Do I have to be in the Police or already be working in policing to apply for a role with you?

Whether you’re a serving police officer, police staff or have never worked in policing before, there are opportunities for you to explore. A career in Counter Terrorism Policing (CT Policing) offers a range of roles spanning the UK, you won’t always need a background in security to play a part in keeping the UK safe. From finance to project management, data analysis to communications and more, we are always looking for vast range of skills, knowledge and experiences to join our talented teams.

Do I become a police officer if I am working with you?

No. You could join as police staff and there are many opportunities for you to explore – from finance to project management, data analysis to communications and more, we are always looking for vast range of skills, knowledge and experiences to join our talented teams.

Every police officer recruit completes a two or three year probationary period as a general Police Constable. This gives you the skills and experience you need to progress your career. From there, you have the option to move into a huge variety of roles, including specialist positions like working within the Counter Terrorism Policing network.

Can I join CT Policing to train as a police officer?

Every police officer recruit completes a two or three year probationary period as a general Police Constable. This gives you the skills and experience you need to progress your career. From there, you have the option to move into a huge variety of roles, including specialist positions like working within the Counter Terrorism Policing network.

The roles within Counter Terrorism [CT] Policing are as varied and exciting as they are across the rest of policing.  Our detectives can be involved in some of the most high profile investigations in policing. There are specialist officers working with businesses to support them in protecting their buildings, staff and customers as well as ensuring they are prepared should an attack happen so that the impact is minimised. Officers stationed across the world liaise with our international partners to support CT investigations. Within the network there are officers who specialise in combatting chemical incidents, firearms incidents, vehicles as weapons, radicalisation of the vulnerable – the list is endless and those who work within it are considered by many to be the best in the world.

Do you only have full time roles?

Not at all. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, including part-time working or job shares. CT Policing is always working to build upon our diverse workforce to reflect the country we serve, so you’ll enjoy a varied and fulfilling working environment.

We work hard to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where all our people feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to reach their full potential. An inclusive culture enables us to do things differently, working in ways that meet individuals’ needs, flexing working patterns to ensure life-work balance is healthy so that we deliver the best for the organisation.

This better equips us to make a difference, to staff wellbeing and to the success of CT Policing in keeping people safe from terrorism.

Why is the job offer following my interview not a firm offer?

Security vetting and pre-employment checks form an essential part of the recruitment process for all of our roles. Please note that your job offer will be subject to you passing these checks, which may take up to six months or longer. We advise that the successful candidate not hand in their notices until they have passed these checks.  

When will I have the firm job offer?

You will receive a firm job offer once you have successfully passed security vetting and pre-employment checks. Information and guidance is available to support applicants during the vetting process.

Why do I have to undergo security vetting?

Some of our roles mean you will have access to the most sensitive material on a daily basis, which will require security vetting and is part of our recruitment process. Please note that this can sometimes take up to six months or longer. Information and guidance is available to support applicants during the vetting process.

When should I resign from my current role?

We advise that the successful candidate not hand in their notices until all security vetting and pre-employment checks have concluded, you will receive a final offer letter once this has been done. The initial offer (pre vetting) will be conditional. These checks are an essential part of the recruitment process for this role. Please note that your job offer will be subject to you passing these checks, which may take up to six months or longer.

Why can’t I start my role before the vetting is complete?

Everyone working within, alongside or on behalf of the police service must maintain high ethical and professional standards. A thorough vetting check is key to assessing an individual’s integrity and suitability for the role, identifying any areas of vulnerability that could be exploited.  Vetting protects the individual, their close associates as well as the Organisation.

Can I carry across vetting from my current role?

National security vetting at SC or DV may be transferrable, however, Management Vetting (MV) will still be required dependent on which region you are applying for. Each vetting application will be assessed on a case by case basis.

What information do I need to provide for my vetting?

You will complete detailed questionnaires about yourself that will build up a complete picture and information will be required about your wider family background, health, private life, financial situation, political views, hobbies and travel, If further information is required a vetting officer will contact you direct to discuss. To avoid delays to your application please provide full and accurate information.

How long does vetting take?

Security vetting may take up to six months – or longer – and forms an essential part of the recruitment process for this role. Please note that your job offer will be subject to you passing these checks.

How do I know what’s happening while waiting for vetting?

Vetting can take some time and updates will be limited during the process, please contact the recruiter for an update.

Are your roles all now home-based, office based or hybrid?

A lot of roles now offer the opportunity for hybrid working to create greater flexibility and a better home life balance. Job adverts will specify if a role is suitable for hybrid working or whether it will be an office based role. Not roles are suitable for remote working.

Are your roles all London based?

Not all roles will be London based as we are a national network, specific job advert will detail the respective base location. A lot of roles now offer the opportunity for hybrid working to create greater flexibility and a better home life balance.

What opportunities are there for career progression?

Work with us and you will be joining a world-class Counter Terrorism Policing network. In addition to fascinating work and talented colleagues you’ll find a range of benefits including a competitive pension, exciting career pathways which are being developed across the network, generous holiday allowances, and opportunities for secondments across the CT Policing network and much more.

What benefits do you offer?

Work with us and you will be joining a world-class Counter Terrorism Policing network. In addition to fascinating work and talented colleagues you’ll find a range of benefits including a competitive pension, exciting career pathways, generous holiday allowances, and opportunities for secondments across the CT Policing network and much more. For full information please review the job advert as there will be a link to the respective host force and the benefits offered.

What learning and development opportunities are available?

Work with us and you will be joining a world-class Counter Terrorism Policing network. In addition to fascinating work and talented colleagues you’ll find a range of benefits including a competitive pension, exciting career pathways which are being developed across the network, generous holiday allowances, and opportunities for secondments across the CT Policing network and much more.

What is the culture like at CTP?

We work hard to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where all our people feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to reach their full potential. An inclusive culture enables us to do things differently, working in ways that meet individuals’ needs, flexing working patterns to ensure life-work balance is healthy so that we deliver the best for the organisation.

This better equips us to make a difference, from staff wellbeing to the success of CT Policing in keeping people safe from terrorism. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, including part time working, blended and remote working or job shares.

What are the pay ranges?

Pay ranges vary between regions/forces, please refer to specific job adverts for more information.

What is Counter Terrorism Policing doing to improve inclusion, diversity and equality?

CT Policing is always working to build upon our diverse workforce to reflect the country we serve, so you’ll enjoy a varied and fulfilling working environment. With a variety of training and development opportunities, you’ll find a range of exciting career pathways waiting for you.

We work hard to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where all our people feel a strong sense of belonging and are able to reach their full potential. An inclusive culture enables us to do things differently, working in ways that meet individuals’ needs, flexing working patterns to ensure life-work balance is healthy so that we deliver the best for the organisation.

This better equips us to make a difference, from staff wellbeing to the success of CT Policing in keeping people safe from Terrorism. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working arrangements, including part time working, blended and remote working or job shares.

Can I tell people that I work at Counter Terrorism Policing?

Working in Counter Terrorism Policing affords you access to secure systems and intelligence and much of what we do is done on a “need to know” basis. You can tell your partner or close family members that you work in CTP but must not inform them of anything that may place at risk or compromise yourself, your family or the Organisation.

Do I need to be a UK citizen to work for Counter Terrorism Policing?

National security vetting requires the applicant to have been a resident in the UK for a minimum of five years at SC level and 10 years at DV level.  You do not have to be a UK citizen to pass National security vetting.

Some of our roles require access to the most sensitive intelligence and must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access.  However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence and will not be able to perform their duties.