The information on all those recruited in the last five years is not held centrally.
Average age (years) 2006-071 27.5 2005-06 26.1 2004-05 26.3 2003-04 26.8 2002-03 27.7 1 Covers the period 1 November 2006 to 31 January 2007
Average age (years)
1 Covers the period 1 November 2006 to 31 January 2007
The table gives the average age of those who are successful at the assessment centre. Since July 2005 all candidates to joint the police service have gone through the assessment centre, but the averages for 2002-05 are based on the smaller numbers applying to the forces which first adopted the assessment centre. Since there are further checks to be undertaken (such as vetting, fitness and medical checks), not all the successful candidates are eventually appointed, and some may accept other job offers in the meantime. The table therefore gives only an approximation of the average age of recruits.