Insight into the Application Process

We chatted to Police Now about their application process to give you all the information you need before you begin your application. Here's all you need to know...

Step One: The Application Form

The application form is your first opportunity to tell us about yourself, so take your time and read through all of the instructions carefully. Triple check your contact details and spelling throughout and we’d always advise you to save your application regularly so you don’t lose your work. The situational judgement test gives you valuable insight into working as a Police Officer. We’ll ask you to consider hypothetical, challenging situations that you might encounter and you’ll have a choice of possible responses.   

Step Two: The Ability Tests

We’ll need you to complete two ability tests – one that will consider your numerical skill and the other to check your verbal ability.  These are online and you will have a few days to complete each exercise so you can take them in your own time and in the comfort of your own home. There is no time limit per question but your time taken will be monitored and reflected in your results. Once you start you must complete both exercises in one session. It helps to find a quiet place with no disturbances and make the most of the practice questions.  

Step Three: Video & Job Insight Assessment

Our Video and Job Insight assessment is your chance to show us that you have the key strengths essential to be a successful neighbourhood police officer. You will be presented with scenarios detailing a typical situation, project or task that you might encounter as a neighbourhood police officer and asked how you would respond to it. The assessment may be challenging but the questions are not designed to trick you or test your knowledge of the police. Our aim is to identify people who will genuinely enjoy the work they do as a Police Now neighbourhood police officer.

Some of the questions will ask you to make a decision, while others will ask you to answer questions based on information you have read. Some responses will ask you to respond through video recording, others a written response or multiple choice questions. This is a fast-paced way of assessing your true potential. We’re keen to see if you can sustain exceptional performance in a demanding role with genuine motivation and energy for what you do.  

Step Four: The Assessment Centre

Once you’ve been notified that your Video and Job Insight assessment has been successful, you’ll be able to book onto an assessment centre online. The assessment centres will be held in London and reasonable expenses will be paid for travel and/or accommodation as needed. The centre features a number of different interactive exercises. You’ll complete a strengthsbased interview, an interactive role play and a virtual reality exercise. We really appreciate the time every candidate has invested and for those who are unsuccessful at this stage we offer full feedback from the day.

To apply to Police Now's opportunities, view their profile here.