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UK Police Forces

Law enforcement in the United Kingdom is organised separately in each of the legal systems of the UK: England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland. Most law enforcement is carried out by police officers serving in regional police services. To become a police officer in any of the regional services, you must pass a test. Learn more about the tests you need to take according to the location in which you desire to become an officer.


Police Forces in England

There are two types of police forces in England: the College of Policing and the Metropolitan Police (Met Police).

College of Policing

The College of Policing was established in 2012 as the professional body for everyone who works for the police service in England and Wales. The purpose of the College is to provide those working in policing with the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent crime, protect the public, and secure public trust. As an alternative to the College of Policing, some of the larger forces throughout the UK have developed their own recruitment processes. Start preparing for the College of Policing exam.

Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police covers all of London's boroughs and is the largest police force in the UK. The Met Police recruitment process is designed to challenge you and ensure you are the best candidate for the job. It follows the College of Policing national recruitment process for all categories of recruitment other than experienced hires. Learn more about the Metropolitan Police recruitment process.


North & South Wales Police

To become a police officer in North Wales or South Wales, the hiring process includes an assessment centre and a Welsh Test. Most of the forces have opted to use the College of Policing process, but some forces still use their own.


Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI)

The Police Services of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is responsible for the safety of citizens throughout the region. There are two major sectors of the police staff: police officers and non-officers. Recruitment for both departments involves aptitude tests (the Initial Selection Test) and interviews.


Scotland Police

Police of Scotland run their own recruitment process for new policemen, which differs from that of the College of Policing. The process includes the Standard Entrance Test (SET), a suite of three tests—numerical reasoning, verbal, and information handling—as well as a lengthy application form and an interview.


Prepare with JobTestPrep

The police recruitment process is an extremely challenging one. Competition is fierce and demanding, and the number of open positions is unpredictable. Therefore, when recruitment opens, you need to be on top of your game to best your competition.

JobTestPrep's practice packs help you to perform to the best of your abilities and increase your chances of becoming a police officer, special constable, or police community support officer.