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Pre-requisites for recruitment to Cyprus Police

In case vacant positions for the Police / Fire Service are announced in the Official Government Gazette, interested applicants may obtain application forms (P.80) for participation in a written examination, in accordance with the Evaluation of Candidates for Appointment to the Public Service Laws of 1988 to 2008, from the Recruitment Office at the Cyprus Police Academy, or the Divisional Police Headquarters, any Police Station, or the Police website (www.police.gov.cy). Applications must be completed according to the relevant instructions and submitted to the Recruitment Office at the Cyprus Police Academy by the deadline as set out in the vacancies announced in the Official Government Gazette.

Candidates for recruitment or appointment to the Police / Fire Service must:
a. attach photocopies of the following documents to the application form:

  • Birth Certificate or Naturalization Certificate
  • Army Discharge Papers (for males)
  • School Leaving Certificate from a Secondary School recognized by the Department of Education or
  • Diploma / Degree from a Tertiary or Post Secondary Institution
  • Recognized Certificates mentioned in Part B of the Application for Recruitment to the Police (P. 80)
  • Certificate of previous work experience in the Public Service etc
  • Identity card

b. pay 45euro to participate in the written examination – against receipt (G.A. 110)

Written Examination for recruitment to the Cyprus Police

According to Reg. 4(I) (g) of the Police (General) Regulations of 1989, as amended, a candidate must succeed in a written examination according to the existing Regulations, receiving a minimum aggregate mark of 50% and a pass mark of 40% in each of the subjects of the written examination. The examination is prepared by the Examinations Service of the Ministry of Education and Culture, through delegation to a committee of three Officers. This committee is responsible for the entire exam process; in accordance with the Evaluation of candidates for Recruitment to the Public Service Laws of 1998 to 2008, it is responsible for each subject included in the Examinations, for setting the exams, supervision, grading the papers and preparation of the list of the successful candidates.

The written examinations for the recruitment of Police Constables and Special Constables include:

(1) MATHEMATICS

A. a. Measurements and weights, measurement units

b. Elements of arithmetic: Divisibility, Exponents of integers, Fractions and decimals, Largest common divisor, Least common multiple, Fractional numbers – properties and operations, Conversion of fractions to decimals and vice versa, Mathematical problems involving fractions and decimals, Ratios and proportions. Directly and inversely proportional amounts, Scaled plan and related problems, Simple and combined method for solving three relative problems, Problems with division into directly and inversely proportional parts, Problems on movement.

Note: The problems are solved either with practical arithmetic or with algebra (equations or systems).

B. Elements of Statistics:

a. Basic definitions: Population, Unit, Statistical data, Quantitative and qualitative properties, Population census

b. Presenting statistical data: Frequency, Frequency table, Relative frequency, Percentage frequency.

c. Grouping of data.

d. Interpretation of frequency charts, Bar chart, Pie chart, Frequency chart, Frequency polygon and histogram

e. Measures of a distribution: Arithmetic mean, Median, Mode.

C. Geometry:

Pythagorean theorem, perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes (triangle, parallelogram, rectangle), regular rectilinear shapes (triangle, square, hexagon), areas and volumes of a rectangular parallelepiped, cube, upright prism, cylinder, cone, sphere, area and perimeter of circle.

D. Consumer problems:

Percentages, interest, compound interest, exchange, commission, V.A.T., etc.

E. Trigonometry:

Trigonometric numbers of the acute angle of a right angle triangle, use of trigonometric numbers for solving problems (the values of the trigonometric numbers will be provided). The use of a calculator is prohibited.

(2) MODERN GREEK

a. Essay Writing (one compulsory topic)

b. Reading Comprehension

c. Language: Sentences, synonyms, opposites, etymology, derivatives (nouns, adjectives, etc)

(3) ENGLISH

a. Essay Writing (one compulsory topic)

b. Reading Comprehension

c. Language: Sentence transformation, cloze passages, vocabulary exercises (derivatives, etc)ART VΙ

(4) GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

a. Current Affairs

b. Geography of Cyprus

c. History of Cyprus and Greece

d. Geography of Europe (Capital cities, monuments, rivers, mountains, etc.)

e. European Union and International Organisations

PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTS

According to Reg. 4(I) (h) of the Police (General) Regulations of 1989 (51/89), as amended, a candidate for enrolment, or appointment to the Police must also succeed in a series of Fitness Tests. The fitness tests and the required levels are set out in Table B’ of the above mentioned Regulations. They include the following:

a. Long Jump - min. 2,5m for men, 1,5m for women (three attempts)

b. High Jump – min. 1,00m for men, 0,70m for women (three attempts)

c. 1000m run for men, 800m run for women within a maximum time of 5’ and

20” respectively (in one attempt)

The Applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

a. Be a Cypriot citizen.

b. Submit satisfactory character references. If she/he has previously served in the Army of the Republic of Cyprus, the National Guard, the Public Service or has held any Government position or a position in any organization of public law or in any Police Force, then s/he must be able to present satisfactory evidence that during the work period in question s/he was of good conduct.74PART VΙ

c. Be over eighteen years of age and not older than twenty eight, unless s/he has previously served as a member of the Cyprus Police on the date the current Regulations came into effect or s/he holds a degree or diploma from a University that is recognized by current law, in which case s/he should not have reached the age of 40 at the time of submitting the application. The above shall not apply for the appointment of Regular Special Constables and Special Constables that are candidates for recruitment or appointment to the Police. Special Constables who were recruited to the Police, prior to April 2004, may apply for regular recruitment, regardless of their age.

d. Following an examination by a Government Medical Officer, a candidate should be certified to be of good health, sound in mind and body and physically and mentally capable of performing his/her duties on recruitment. In addition to other criteria it must also be certified that s/he:

(i) has good eyesight with or without the use of spectacles and good hearing without the use of hearing aids,

(ii) is not colour blind, is not flatfooted, does not suffer from any form of physical handicap and does not have any impairment or deformity on his/her body or any part of it,

(iii) is of general physical and mental suitability.75 PART VΙ

e. Is of a height not less than 1.65m for men and 1.60m for women, except in exceptional cases when approval is granted by the Minister following an application submitted by the Chief of Police.

f. Is a holder of a School Leaving Certificate (from a recognized secondary school) or holds a Diploma / Degree from a Tertiary, Post Secondary Level Institution.

g. Has a good knowledge of the Greek language and a satisfactory knowledge of a foreign language.

h. Has passed written examinations, conducted in accordance with the current Regulations, and has achieved a total mark of at least 50% on average, and a mark of at least 40% in each of the subjects included in the exam.

i. Has passed fitness tests conducted by a Committee especially set up for this purpose. The specific tests and the required standards are set out above.

j. In the case of males, has completed his military service or has been permanently exempted from it, but not for medical reasons.

k. Has not been dismissed or his/her services in the Public Service of the Republic or a public law organization were not terminated in the past, due to a criminal or disciplinary offence.

l. Is able to provide information that might be requested regarding his/ her past or former employment, or any other issue that might relate to his/her recruitment to the Police. If any candidate makes any false statement in his/her application or in relation to his/her application for appointment, and consequently is appointed, s/he commits a criminal offence, and in case of conviction, he/she will be dismissed from the Police.

Applicants for appointment to the Police as special Constables must:
a. Be a Cypriot citizen.

b. Present satisfactory character references.

c. Be over eighteen years of age and not older than thirty five.77

d. Following an examination by a Government Medical Officer, she/he is certified to be of good health, sound in mind and body and physically and mentally capable of performing his/her duties on recruitment. In addition to other criteria it must also be certified that s/he:

(i) has good eyesight with or without the use of spectacles and good hearing without the use of hearing aids

(ii) is of general physical and mental suitability

e. Is a holder of a School Leaving Certificate (of a recognized secondary school) or holds a Diploma / Degree from a Tertiary, Post Secondary Level Institution?

f. Has passed written exams, conducted in accordance with the Regulations of this Law, and has achieved a total mark of at least 50% on average, and a mark of at least 40% in each of the subjects included in the examinations.

g. Is able to provide information that might be asked of him / her regarding his/her past or former employment or any other issue that relates to his/her appointment to the Police. If any candidate makes any false statement in his/her application or in relation to his/her application for appointment, and consequently is appointed, s/he commits a criminal offence, and in the case of conviction will be dismissed from the Police.

h. Has completed his military service or has been permanently exempted from it, but not due to medical reasons.

i. Has not been dismissed, or his/her services in the Public Service of the Republic or a public law organization were not terminated in the past because of a criminal or disciplinary offence.

j. Has not been convicted of a serious offence that entails lack of integrity or moral indecency.

Recruitment, promotions etc of specialised personnel

Cyprus Police recruits, from time to time according to needs, specialized personnel for carrying out specialized duties.

The Chief of Police can, with the approval of the Minister, appoint as specialized personnel, a person who is not more than 40 years old, and who has a recognised University Diploma / Title / other equivalent qualification, relevant to the duties of the specific position, as these are outlined in the advertisement of a position (the vacancies are announced in the Cyprus Government Gazette and at least in three daily newspapers). A candidate can be appointed in the combined position of Constable (Scale A5 2nd grade), Sergeant (Scale A8), Inspector (Scale A9), Chief Inspector (Scale A10) and Superintendent B’ (Scale A12 (+2)), according to the provisions of the annual governmental budget. A candidate who:

• is a holder of a University Degree / Title, or has another equivalent qualification including a valid commercial pilot licence, an airframe and engine maintenance engineer licence or avionics licence is recruited as a sergeant. A valid commercial pilot licence, airframe and engine maintenance engineer licence and avionics licence is that licence which has been legally issued or renewed by the relevant Civil Aviation Authorities. It is assumed that the country that issued / renewed the license is a member of the International Organisation of Civil Aviation, and that the licence is recognised by the Civil Aviation Department of the Cyprus Republic).

• has a specialisation and holds a recognised Diploma from a Tertiary Institution (according to the relevant legislation) is recruited as a Constable.

• is a member of the Police who has served as a Sergeant (or at a higher rank) and is appointed as a specialized member, in a combined position, is recruited at the Rank which he/she held before his / her recruitment to the specialized post.

Procedure for the recruitment of persons to specialized positions

• An Advisory Selection Committee is appointed by the Chief of Police, after the approval of the Minister of Justice and Public Order. The Committee is made up of an Assistant Chief of Police who is appointed as its President, three Senior Officers and a member of the Public Service who holds a position of Scale A13 or higher and has a specialisation in the field in which the candidate is going to be appointed.

• Announcement of the vacancy in the Cyprus Government Gazette, outlining the required qualifications, prerequisites, as well as the duties concerning the appointment.

• Evaluation of the submitted applications by the Advisory Selection Committee. PART VΙ

• The candidates who fulfill the requirements as set out in the announcement of the vacancy are invited to take a written and oral examination, on topics relevant to the vacancy, conducted according to the Law on the Assessment of Candidates for employment in the Public Service, of 1998-2008.

Note:

Only applicants who meet the prerequisites and qualifications of the position and have paid the amount of €45 against receipt (G.A.110) can take the written examination.

• Submission of the Assessment report by the Advisory Committee to the Chief of Police, who recruits the successful candidate(s) following the approval of the Minister of Justice and Public Order.

Note:

The terms and procedure for promotion of Police members are regulated by the Police (Promotion) Regulations (214/2004) (as amended), while the terms and procedure for promotion of specialized members of the Police are regulated by Police Regulation (191/2006) (Promotions of Specialized Personnel).

For further information regarding the qualifications, prerequisites for recruitment, the terms of service, the dates of announcement of new positions, closing dates for applications, examination dates as well as the content to be examined contact the Recruitment Office at the Cyprus Police Academy on telephone Number 22808236.



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