If you pass the application stage, the next step is to undertake the National Online
Assessment. You are able to complete this in the comfort of your own home and includes;
- Stage one: Situational Judgment Test
- Stage two: Competency Based Interview
- Stage three: Written Exercise & Briefing Exercise
The College of Policing online assessment process test the key competencies and values that are important
for police constables.
If you pass the assessment centre you will be invited to attend an interview with
This will assess your values and motivations for joining and also test your local knowledge. The
interview will last for approximately 30 minutes.
If you are successful, you will receive a conditional offer and we will start progressing your
pre-appointment checks, including vetting, medical, references, fitness test and a drugs test. Until
these checks are complete you should not hand in your notice with your current employer.
Our vetting e-form asks for more details about you and those you live with. You will also be required
to undertake biometric vetting, which involves your DNA and fingerprints being taken, and a hair
sample will be taken for a drug test. Further details will be provided at the time.
A work health questionnaire must be completed and sent directly to the Occupational Health
Department. Please complete the questionnaire carefully and thoroughly – if in doubt, disclose
it. A full medical history must be disclosed as failure to do so may result in your
application being rejected.
You will be asked to run to and fro along a 15 metre track in time with a series of bleeps. If you
reach the end line before the bleep sounds you need to wait for the bleep before resuming your run and
adjusting your speed. The time between bleeps gets progressively faster and it becomes more difficult
to keep up with the required speed. To pass you need to reach a minimum of level 5.4.
References will need to be obtained from all employers (paid or otherwise) covering a minimum of
Pre-employment checks take between three and six months. Once all checks have been concluded and
approved, and a start date agreed, a final offer and conditions of service will be issued.
New intakes happen throughout the year. You will be notified nearer the time what your likely start
date will be.
You will be required to successfully complete either a two year probation period on the DHEP programme, or a three year probation period on the PCDA programme.