Virtual Engagement Sessions

thebigword have recently hosted a number of virtual engagement sessions as an introduction to Interpreting for the Police. These sessions have been recorded and are therefore available upon application for linguists to watch

Provide Interpreting Services to Police Forces across England & Wales


Working as a Police Linguist

Providing Interpreting services for the Police or any Emergency Services is highly challenging and extremely rewarding. In many scenarios the success of a particular situation is driven by the ability of the interpreter to bridge the language barrier and relay clear and accurate messages. 

thebigword team are recruiting experienced linguists to join our community and be involved in providing face to face interpreting services to Police Forces across England and Wales.

thebigword currently provide Linguist Services to multiple police forces throughout the UK and we hope to expand as we move into 2022. We are inviting linguists across the UK to register their interest with us. 

We are looking to hear from linguists who have been providing interpreting services to the police already as well as interpreters who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. 

thebigword is dedicated to supporting linguists and providing continuous professional development to ensure that all linguists continue to provide the best service possible

We are specifically interested in applicants residing in the following locations

Greater Manchester Lancashire
Merseyside Cheshire
Cumbria North Wales
Brighton West London
Portsmouth Southampton
Crawley Reading
Woking Redhill
Eastbourne Worthing
Thames Valley Hampshire
Slough Maidenhead
Milton Keynes Basingstoke


You may have experience in the Criminal Justice sector already or be eager to begin your journey. We welcome you to apply and find out more. 

Interpreters interested will need to meet the below requirements

  • Level 6 Language Qualification - including but not limited to DPI (formally Met Police Test), DPSI (Law), DCI, APCI, BA Interpreting, MA Interpreting, IND Assessment etc.
  • Fluency in English
  • Active NPPV Level 3 Security Clearance (or be willing to go through the application process with us) 
  • Have the right to work in the UK and reside here permanently

Following the introduction of the National PAIT Register (Police Approved Interpreters and Translators) all linguists will need to meet one of the outlined PAIT statuses

Key Languages include but are not limited to, 

Albanian Arabic (Modern Standard) Middle Eastern
Arabic (Modern Standard) North African Bengali / Bangla
Bengali / Bangla (Sylheti) Bulgarian
Farsi (Persian) Hungarian
Latvian Lithuanian
Mandarin Pashto
Polish Portuguese (Brazil)
Potwari Punjabi (Pakistan)
Romanian Russian
Shona Slovak
Spanish (Spain) Tamil
Urdu British Sign Language (BSL)


To register your interest and speak to a member of the Recruitment team, please complete the application form

You can also recommend a friend/colleague below who meets the requirements

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