Application and Recruitment Process
The interview and selection process is designed to test the
following seven core competencies, deemed suitable for the role of
a Police Officer which is constantly assessed through the full
assessment process. The seven competencies are:
- Problem Solving
- Respect for Race and Diversity
- Effective Communication
- Team Working
- Customer and Community Focus
- Personal Responsibility
Stage One – Competency Based Application
You must complete the initial competency based
application form online. You may also be subject to preliminary
vetting checks at this stage.
We welcome applications from people of all
different backgrounds, cultures, religions, ages, genders and
sexual orientations. However, there are some eligibility conditions
that all applicants need to meet, so you should check that you meet
our requirements before submitting an application.
You need to be 18 or over to apply, and you
should be able to cope in a busy environment, and have some regular
time to spare.
Applicants need to be British Citizens, or
passport holders from a full EU Member State. You can also apply if
you’re a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who is resident
in the UK with indefinite leave to remain. All applicants must have
a minimum of three years UK residency.
If you have a criminal record, this doesn’t
mean you’re automatically ineligible; it depends on the nature of
your conviction. Please declare any caution or conviction on your
application form. If you have any questions on this, you can
Tattoos which are offensive, garish, prominent
or numerous are not acceptable. Please supply photos and
measurements of any tattoos along with your application.
If you are struggling with debt, you may still
be able to apply. You just need to supply us with evidence of your
ability to manage your debts successfully. However, if you have any
outstanding county court judgments or you are not discharged from
bankruptcy, then you are automatically ineligible.
If your application is successful and you are shortlisted, you
will be sent a ‘how to prepare guide’ containing guidance on the
different aspects at the assessment centre.
Stage Two – Assessment Centre
You will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre at Police
Headquarters in Kempston. The Assessment Centre will last for
approx. 3 hours consisting of the following assessments:
- Competency based interview (45 mins)
- Written and Maths Test (45 mins)
- Fitness Test (1 hour)
You must pass all elements to successfully pass the Assessment
Centre, and on successful completion of all three you will be sent
information about the 8-week and 2-week training courses.
The two elements of the fitness test are dynamic strength and
For advice and tips about how to improve your fitness in
preparation for the Assessment Centre tests, click here.
Stage Three – Pre-employment and Medical checks
If you have been successful at the Assessment Centre you will be
required to undertake a full vetting check which checks not only
you but your immediate family and any other individuals residing at
You will be invited to attend a Medical Assessment with our
Occupational Health Team at Police Headquarters in Kempston.
The Recruitment Team will do their final checks which includes 5
years of work references and your nominated two educational or
Once all checks are complete, you will be sent a final offer,
confirmation of your training course dates and times, and
information on how to book in for a uniform fitting.
The Initial Learning for Special Constables is a training
programme consisting of training in criminal law, legal powers,
traffic offences, policies, procedures, communication and radio
use, practical policing skills, IT systems, self-defence and
Prior to undertaking any police patrol duties, you will undergo
an initial training course. The course is over an eight week period
which will consist of classroom and computer based learning which
cover many aspects of law and procedure. This will take place
on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Attendance at a regional training centre is required for four
consecutive weeks where you will attend on both Friday and Saturday
all day for personal safety and First Aid Training.
There is an attestation at the end of training to mark the
successful completion of the course.
After initial training and attestation you will have a further 8
training sessions as well as being out on patrol as a Special
Constable. During your first 2 years you will be working towards
the completion of your Police Action Checklist (PAC). The checklist
consists of 6 units which relate to arresting, searching and
responding to incidents and needs to be completed before you can
Policing never stands still, so you are expected to keep
yourself abreast of changing law, policy and procedure. There will
be various duties and continued training events to assist with the