The recruitment process consists of multiple steps. First, you need to 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 undergo background checks. If you pass these, you will be asked to take a fitness test and then a medical assessment. Only once you have passed all of these stages will you begin formal training.
The Specials Recruit Assessment Process has several phases:
The written exercise lasts for 20 minutes. You will be given a proposal document template about issues at the Westshire Centre.
The interview lasts for up to 20 minutes. You are asked four questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past. These questions are related to the competency areas relevant to the role of special constable. You have up to five minutes to answer each question.
The situational judgement test (SJT) lasts for 50 minutes. During the assessment, you are presented with 25 questions. Each question describes a situation and provides you with a choice of four response options.
Special constables have similar powers to those of police officers, only they work on a voluntary basis. As a result, the recruiting team must be certain the people it approves have the skills needed to handle the pressures of the position. Preparing for the assessment process will bring you one step closer to the job.