Police Staff Recruitment Process Watch
It is not a police officer role though....
Depends on the force too and how many applicants they are taking in on the job?
What role and force are you looking at? I only know about my force (West Yorkshire Police) so what I said could be very different to your force (if different)
After the interviews and/or any tests / assessments, you should find out whether you've been successful within a couple of days or 7 days at most.
If you accept the offer, that's when referees will be approached for a written endorsement of you. At the same time the appropriate vetting process will be undertaken. This is the 2nd element of the recruitment process and the time this takes will depend on the role you're applying for. Most Police Staff roles will only require basic Force Vetting checks; however, if you're applying for a 'designated' role, then the checks will be more stringent and drawn out. There are 2 vetting processes (Police Force and National Security) and a number of vetting levels within each. The more sensitive the role you apply for, the vetting will be more intrusive, and time consuming, but a successful application at the highest level shouldn't take longer than 7-8 months otherwise it makes the whole recruitment process pointless. In practice, a lot of organisations would start you early and restrict access to the most sensitive material.
The vetting process may also be delayed if the case officer requires to clarify certain information - this may involve additional research and/or an interview with you.
As I said earlier, the majority of Police Staff roles should only require basic vetting checks, and the timescale I mentioned in my first post should be reasonably accurate.