The recruitment process consists of a few steps. First, you need to become CKP certified. After you have become CKP certified, you should fill out and submit an application form. If you have met all the eligibility requirements, as well as filled out the application according to what the force is looking for, you will be invited to an assessment centre. If your assessment centre is successful, you will be asked to take a medical assessment/drug test as well as biometric vetting. Once you have passed this stage, you must then undergo a fitness test. Only then will you begin training.
If you pass both the initial application stage (eligibility criteria) and the on-line assessment stage (pre-assessment tool), you will be invited to participate in an assessment centre.
During the assessment, you will undertake a competency-based structured interview, four interactive exercises, two written exercises, a numerical ability test, and a verbal ability test.
This interview lasts 20 minutes in total. You are asked four questions based on how you have dealt with specific situations in the past, and you must answer each during a timed five-minute period.
The questions relate to the key competencies needed to be a successful police officer, for instance good communication skills.
These exercises take the form of role play, where you assume the role of a newly-appointed customer services officer at a fictitious retail and leisure complex.
There are four exercises in total. For each role-play, you are given five minutes to study information on the upcoming scenario. You can also make notes to use during the actual exercise.
Once the five minutes are up, you will move to the ‘activity room’, where you will act out the scenario with an assessor. You should take the initiative, and they will respond to you using a strict set of lines which were rehearsed beforehand.
The next stage of the assessment is two written exercises lasting 20 minutes each. The numerical ability test takes 23 minutes, and the verbal ability test takes 30 minutes.
This part of the assessment is the same as the College of Policing's process for hiring police constables.
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