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New Police Constable

How to apply and selection process

To become a new police constable you must demonstrate that you have what it takes to undergo the challenges of training and, ultimately, policing. As such you will be assessed according to a rigorous, nationally-standardised recruitment and selection process. If you have a disability, e.g. a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, then reasonable adjustments will be considered for the selection process. You will be advised of the procedure at the relevant stage.

It is important you understand what each stage entails, when it will happen and therefore when you have to be available, and how long you have to complete each stage of the process.

Please refer to the recruitment timeline which provides an overview of the various stages of the recruitment and selection process for becoming a new police constable. At the end of each stage of the recruitment and selection process you will be notified whether or not you have been successful and therefore eligible to proceed to the next stage.

Pre-application Questionnaire

The online pre-application questionnaire is designed to help you check if you are eligible to apply and provides you with information about the role before taking the step of registering an interest.

After completing this and you feel you are eligible to apply you will then need to complete the stages below.

Stage 1: Complete the online registration and eligibility self assessment.

There are three parts to this stage which you complete online:

Registration:  where you enter your personal details. You will be required to provide proof of these later on in the application process. 

Realistic Job preview Questionnaire: the purpose of the Realistic Job Preview Questionnaire is to give you a real view of what it is like to undertake the work of a police officer and decide whether or not it is right for you. You will be asked to give your open and honest responses to different situations. There is no right or wrong answer and there is no pass or fail score for the purposes of continuing in the process. At the end of the questionnaire, you will be given an overall rating of your suitability for the role of police constable based on your responses. You can then make a decision if you would like to continue in the recruitment and selection process.

Eligibility Screen:  this screen checks your eligibility against MPS police recruitment standard.  You will be advised at the end of the questionnaire if you have met the all the eligibility criteria and then able to progress to the next stage i.e. the pre-application on-line assessments.

Stage 2: Complete the pre-application online assessments

Behaviour Styles Questionnaire
This questionnaire invites you to review a number of statements and indicate which statement you completely agree with or completely disagree with on a sliding scale. In order to progress to the next stage, you must pass the Behaviour Styles Questionnaire.

Situational Judgment Test
You will be presented with a number of different situations that you might face as a police officer with a choice of different actions that might be taken. You will be asked to identify which action will result in an effective or counterproductive outcome.

London Factor Assessment
In this assessment you will be presented with sets of statements. You will be asked to read through the statements and decide which is most like you, and respond accordingly.

The results of the pre application online assessments will be emailed to you. If you are successful you will be invited to complete an online application form.

Stage 3: Complete the online application form

The application form requires personal details from you, for example, your full name, address, National Insurance number, educational qualifications, any tattoos etc. It will also require information regarding any record you may have of convictions or cautions.

Stage 4: MPS make initial checks on the application form

The results of the application form checks will be emailed to you. If you are successful you will be invited to attend the Police SEARCH® Day 1 Assessment Centre.

Stage 5: Notification and invitation of Police SEARCH® Day 1 Assessment Centre via email

Stage 6: Complete Police SEARCH® Day 1 Assessment Centre.

This will take place at the MPS selection centre in West Brompton. The process and standards for this assessment centre are set by the National College of Policing. The day comprises of:

A 20-minute structured interview
The interview will last for up to 20 minutes and we will ask you four questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past.

A 23-minute numerical reasoning test
In the numerical test we will ask you to answer multiple choice questions which will measure your ability to use numbers in a rational way, correctly identifying logical relationships between numbers and drawing conclusions and inference from them.

A 30-minute verbal logical reasoning test
In the verbal ability test we will ask you to answer multiple choice questions which will measure your ability to make sense of a situation when you are given specific written information about it.

Two 20-minute written exercises
Both of the written exercises will last for 20 minutes each. You will have to write a proposal document based on information you are given. On the day we will give you a thorough briefing before you start each exercise.

Four 5-minute interactive role-play scenarios
Each of the four interactive exercises will be split into two 5 minute parts. The first part will be the preparation phase and the second will be the activity phase, where you will meet a role actor.

Together, these activities will allow us to observe what you do given a certain situation and how you do it, making it possible to assess whether you have the skills and qualities required of a police constable.

If you have a disability, e.g. a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, then reasonable adjustments will be considered for the Day 1 assessment centre. You will be advised of the procedure at the relevant stage.

The results of the Police SEARCH® Day 1 Assessment Centre will be emailed to you. If you are successful you will be invited to attend the Day 2 medical and fitness assessments.

Stage 7: Notification and invitation of Day 2 Medical and Job Related Fitness Test (JRFT) via email

During this time you may want to have a look at our Fit for the Job information. This gives useful help and advice on how to prepare for the medical and JRFT.

Stage 8: Complete Day 2 Medical and JRFT

This will take place at the MPS Selection Centre at West Brompton. It will assess whether you can meet the physical challenges of policing.

The medical assessment is straightforward and checks things like your eyesight, hearing, blood pressure and body mass. Conducted by a registered nurse, it is in addition to the medical questionnaire you are required to complete during the recruitment process.

While you don't need to be an athlete to pass the JRFT, you do need a basic level of fitness.

You will be advised of the result of your Day 2 assessments by the medical team after you have completed both parts on the day.

Stage 9: Complete security vetting clearance and reference checks*

If you pass the medical and JRFT, the remaining stages will be to check your employer and personal references and for you to pass security clearance. You will complete forms during the recruitment and selection process relating to security vetting information and clearance.

* This can take up to 4 weeks or longer depending on individual circumstances.

Stage 10: Offer of start date for the Police Training Course (we will aim to give 1 months notice)

Once all relevant documents have been cleared and processed and have entirely completed the selection and recruitment process you will be sent a letter formally offering you an appointment and start date for the Police Training Course.

Please note to be offered a place on the training course you must have successfully attained the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) qualification.