The police application process can be one of the most daunting parts of the process. Thousands people from all walks of life will be applying for 25 roles.
The best advice we would give was to prepare yourself for the application. The application is long if you fall over at the application stage you will be required to wait six months before you can re-apply for any role within the police.
You need to make an impression with the application form and complete it to your highest standard. Police forces can afford to be picky due to the huge applications they will receive.
The application process is designed to put applicants to the test and ensure that only the best candidates make it to the assessment centre.
The application form for each police force within the UK is exactly the same so we would recommend downloading an application from another force and completing the answers on that application form and keeping them ready for the force in which you would like to apply for has an intake.
Most police forces are now using digital technology for you to apply to become a police constable rather than the traditional pen and paper method. There may be an option to complete a paper application.
The digital application advice.
- Check the closing date of the application this will determine how many days you have to answer and think about the questions. But be warned some application processes close as soon as they have reached 200 applications.
- Write your competency questions into a word document this will allow you to answer your questions while checking the spelling and grammar once your happy with your answer copy and paste it into the correct section of the website.
- Make sure you answer all sections of the application.
- Make sure you save your progress throughout the application
- Print off a copy of your application so you can refer to it before your interview or have a look if you need to apply again in six months.
- Make sure you do not use offensive or inappropriate words or comments on your application form, write in full english and not text speak.
- Make sure you follow the instructions of the application form.
What is on the Application
The application process is big the application is broken down into a number of sections.
This section gathers details about as follows
- name, address and date of birth.
- Police Force your applying to.
- Details about your family
- Your financial history.
- Any criminal convictions.
- Your nationality.
- Any tattoos you have.
- Declare political interests.
- Medical questions.
They will ask you questions about your employment history, you will also have to have details of two references from people you have known for at least five years.
- Current employment
- Previous employment
- Have you worked for the police in the past.
- Have you had any failed applications to the police.
Education and Skills
You will be asked about any formal education you have undertaken along with skills you can bring. In terms of skills why not link in your Twitter or social media skills (after all lots of crime are being reported on social media).
You will be asked 10 different competency questions, these will determine if you are selected or not. remember to use STARR when you answer these questions. They will help you structure your answers.
Situation – State the situation you were involved within.
Task – State the task you had to complete and why.
Action – State the action you took and why.
Result – State your end result from the action you took.
Reflection – Add a final reflection of the situation to say how you would handle it the next time.