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Working at ACRO

What we look for:

We're always looking to attract and retain talented and enthusiastic people to help us achieve our mission of providing effective and responsible criminal records information services for safer communities in the UK and across the world.

Whatever your skills, background or experience, ACRO offers a range of permanent full-time, part-time and flexible working roles, as well as development opportunities to suit you and your work-life commitments and career aims.

ACRO is hosted by Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Constabulary. All ACRO staff are employed as Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Constabulary police staff with access to the force’s benefits and terms and conditions including a competitive salary and pension scheme, generous holiday allowances, family-friendly and flexible working practices and employee support.

Careers and progression:

We’re committed to helping our staff grow in their roles by providing training and support with a structured professional development review as well as secondment and development opportunities.

If you’re looking for a solid start to your career, there are departments within ACRO where you can gain further experience. Our workforce includes project management, HR, development, research, intelligence, finance, facilities, IT and communications roles.

Staff looking to progress to management roles will have opportunities to develop and apply for supervisory roles and beyond as demonstrated in the below progression chart (click the chart to see a larger version):

Job role progression chart

As a Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Constabulary employee, you’ll benefit from access to mentoring and coaching as well as career progression and training opportunities within the force.

Key roles:

Office clerks are mainly responsible for initially processing, logging and checking incoming information.

Criminal records administrators deliver a core service conducting the bulk of checks on UK criminal databases.

Senior criminal records administrators’ roles vary from resolving applicants’ queries about information being disclosed to updating UK criminal databases with conviction information.

Quality controllers are responsible for the final checks on the information we disclose to members of the public through our certificates and subject access.

Team supervisors / heads of section are the first-line managers for many of our staff. They also undertake some or all of the above tasks plus some projects.

How to apply:

All our available opportunities and details of how to apply can be found at If you can't see the role you're interested in, you can register for alerts to be kept-up-to-date.

Guidance on completing applications is available here.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief. We're committed to creating an inclusive workplace and embedding the police service Code of Ethics and policing standards into everything we do. 



You'll need to have lived in the UK for the last three years, and you'll need to have the right to live and work in the country indefinitely. Some roles may have a higher vetting requirement. 

There are some exceptions for those serving in the armed forces, members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and those who have taken a career break or gap year to travel or work abroad for up to 12 months.

Further information:

If you would like to speak to one of our team further about career opportunities with ACRO, please email your specific question and your contact details to with the subject heading: Join us.

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