Assessment centre FAQ

Why have you postponed the assessment centres?

We understand the importance of recruiting new officers into policing and how this will impact on the service's ability to meet the challenges of the uplift in recruitment and the difficulties this will cause them in ensuring their future workforce needs are met.  However, we have agreed with policing that postponing assessment centres at this time is appropriate action to take in the interests of public health and the potential consequences for UK policing and the College of Policing business continuity.

When will I be able to attend my assessment?

We will be monitoring the impact of the Coronavirus on all of our operations and the support we provide to policing and hope to be in a position to resume assessment centre delivery as soon as possible.  We cannot advise of a specific date at this time because this will depend on the progress of the virus and Government advice.  We will closely monitor the impact of the virus and provide regular updates about our planning. 

I have already attended an assessment centre, will I still get my results?

Yes, if you have already attended the Police SEARCH recruitment assessment centre you will receive your results as planned.  You should refer to your force in the first instance if you have any queries about your results.

I've spent money on preparing for attending my assessment centre, will the College reimburse me for this?

We cannot reimburse any candidates for expenses they have incurred in preparing for the assessment centre. 

Will I be able to take my assessment online?

We are working at speed to provide an online recruitment solution for assessing candidates and expect a solution which meets College standards within weeks.  We will keep you updated on our progress.

If I am half way through my assessment do I have to start again or re-apply?

You should refer to your force who will be able to advise on your circumstances depending on where you are in the recruitment process, but we do not anticipate that anyone should need to start again or re-apply.


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