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What happens after I apply to become a police officer?

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After you have returned your completed application to be a police officer, the following process begins:

Step one: Application form

On receiving your application form we will check your eligibility against a set criteria.

Step two: Competency-based questions

We will send your competency questions to be marked by an external independent provider. If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an assessment centre.

Step three: Assessment centre

At the assessment centre you will undertake an interview, four interactive exercises, two written exercises and a numerical and verbal ability test. To pass the assessment centre stage you are required to score 50 per cent or above. The national pass mark is 50 per cent.

Step four: Psychometric assessment and force interview

After passing the assessment centre one of the final stages of the selection process will comprise a competency based interview and the completion of the psychometric assessments that will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete in total. On passing the in force interview you will be invited for a fitness test.

Step five: Fitness test

Police officers must be able to run for a reasonable distance, as part of your assessment you will be tested to ensure your fitness levels are high enough. Expect to be tested on two key fitness requirements - dynamic strengths and endurance.

Step six: Pre-employment checks

Next, your references will be checked, you will undergo security, biometric, medical and eyesight checks plus you will also have to pass a drugs test.

Recruitment Time Line

Activity / Time anticipated

Application Submission: N/A

Tattoo & Exception Vetting: N/A

CBQ Marking: N/A

Unsuccessful candidates notified: One month after recruitment closes

Successful candidates invited: One month after recruitment closes

Candidate attends assessment: Three months after recruitment closes

Assessment Centre Results sent: N/A

Successful Candidates invited: Five months after recruitment closes

Results of interviews sent out: N/A

Pre-Employment Checks / Fitness Tests / Medicals / Vetting / Biometrics / Uniform Meeting: Six months after recruitment closes, appointments arranged (Ideally at least two months before induction.)

Cohort Induction: 9 – 12 months after recruitment closes depending on cohort availability.