Am I eligible to join?
If you are a regular police officer and you joined the service on or after 6th April 2006, you were automatically admitted to NPPS on appointment unless you decided to opt out (Police cadets and special constables have separate schemes which provide more limited benefits). You may be asked to have a medical examination (free of charge) so that the police authority can decide whether you will be eligible for ill-health benefits. If this determines that the likely cost of providing ill health benefits is disproportionately high, you can still join NPPS but you will not receive ill-health benefits if you become unable to work.
If you opt out of the scheme you can rejoin if you wish. This may be subject to a medical examination, for which you would have to pay the cost, to decide whether you will be eligible for ill-health benefits. If you opt out of the scheme a second time you cannot rejoin again.