Frequently Asked Questions

I have been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, can I still join a police force?

Each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales have their own policies regarding the employment of someone with diabetes. Firstly speak with your own GP or diabetic nurse. You will need to show that your blood glucose levels are under control and have been for at least three months (more usually 6 months to a year). There should be no evidence of diabetic complications. The next stage is to speak with someone in the Occupational Health department of the force you wish to apply to. Find out what their requirements are and ensure you are able to meet them before begining the form filling.

I am a serving officer who has now developed type one diabetes. Can I still drive police vehicles?

Each force has individual policies covering driving police vehicles in response mode (on blue lights and sirens). Some forces have introduced a blanket ban on officers driving in response mode. Others allow officers to respond but not in ‘Advanced’ classification vehicles. Some have dealt with each individual case according to the officers specific conditions.

My Son / Daugher is type 1 diabetic and wants to join the police when they are old enough. Will they be accepted?

Your child will have to show that they have good blood sugar control over a period of time. They will also need to be fit and otherwise healthy in order to pass any fitness test (standards vary across country). Now is the time to speak with your GP or diabetic health advisor to ensure blood sugar levels are monitored and recorded in order to produce the figures for the force medical officer. It is also a good time to speak with the health advisor about fitness training. Even if your loved one changes their mind about their chosen career at a later date, they will enter the new career with a fit body and good blood glucose control!

Who can join the NPDA?

Anyone with links to the police service. We currently have members from across the UK and beyond who are police officers of all ranks, members of the extended police family (PCSO,s Special Constables) and members of police staff. Also, we have members who are one of the above, do not have diabetes, but have a loved one who is. We even have members who are supervising diabetic staff from any of the above categories. Our final group of members are those employed within the police service or medical profession who either advise the police service on diabetic issues (Chief Medical Officers or Occupational Health Advisors) or advise the NPDA in any capacity. If you are unsure, just contact us to ask.