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Police officer application process

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Application form

You need to fill out a competency-based application form based on your personal experiences in dealing with various situations. There are four core questions based on the competencies associated with the role of police officer and five questions that assess your motivations and values.

Answer the questions as carefully and as fully as you can. You are expected to provide specific examples against each question, so please don’t generalise and make sure you have a copy of the competencies in the role profile to hand! Before submitting the application form please review your spelling and grammar as this will impact your overall score. 

Disability: Please disclose any mental and/or physical disability/ies in order for us to offer reasonable adjustments where possible.

**Please note: Medical report will be required for dyslexia – attach if necessary, when submitting application.

Selection process

Assessment centre

If you pass the application form stage, the next step is to attend an online assessment centre (OAC). The session involves:

  • four interactive role-play exercises;
  • two written exercises;
  • a verbal ability test;
  • a numerical ability test; and
  • a values-based interview.

These exercises will test your ability to think on your feet, making quick decisions based on sound judgement and your motivations for joining the police. We’ll also assess your basic maths and literacy skills.

You need to achieve an overall score of 50% and meet the minimum standards in the competency areas of working with others, oral communication and written communication.


If you pass OAC you will be invited to attend an interview with us.  This will assess your values and motivations for joining and also test your local knowledge.  The interview will last for approximately 30 minutes and is constructed in a similar way to the OAC interview.

Pre-appointment checks

Conditional Offer

If you are successful, you will receive a conditional offer and we will start progressing your pre-appointment checks, including  vetting, medical, references, fitness test and a drugs test. Until these checks are complete you should not hand in your notice with your current employer.


Our vetting e-form asks for more details about you and those you live with. You will also be required to undertake biometric vetting, which involves your DNA and fingerprints being taken, and a hair sample will be taken for a drug test.  Further details will be provided at the time. You can find an in-depth explanation of the vetting process in the eligibility criteria page.


A work health questionnaire must be completed and sent directly to the Occupational Health Department. Please complete the questionnaire carefully and thoroughly – if in doubt, disclose it. A full medical history must be disclosed as failure to do so may result in your application being rejected.

Fitness test

You will be asked to run to and fro along a 15 metre track in time with a series of bleeps. If you reach the end line before the bleep sounds you need to wait for the bleep before resuming your run and adjusting your speed. The time between bleeps gets progressively faster and it becomes more difficult to keep up with the required speed. You will run until you can no longer keep up with the set pace. To pass you need to reach a minimum of level 5.4.


References will need to be obtained from all employers (paid or otherwise) covering a minimum of three years.

Final offer

Pre-appointment checks take between three and six months. Once all checks have been concluded and approved, and a start date agreed, a final offer and conditions of service will be issued.  

Start date

New intakes happen throughout the year.  You will be notified nearer the time what your likely start date will be.


You will be required to successfully complete a two year probation period.


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