Assessment Centre FAQ

Last updated - 30 April 2020

Why have you postponed the assessment centres?

Further to the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 23 March and additional measures introduced to keep our communities safe, we have recommended that all police assessment centre activity is postponed. This will be reviewed as government guidelines and advice evolves. Our priority is to keep the public safe and to ensure forces have the right number of officers.

However, 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, as well as the difficulties this will cause them in ensuring their future workforce needs are met. We are therefore working at speed to roll out an online solution which meets College standards and can be used in the interim to assess candidates and continue recruitment without the need for face-to-face contact.

When will this interim online assessment process be in place?

The initial exercise design for our interim online assessments solution has been completed and tested with serving officers, using staff association networks.

We have started the initial roll out to a small number of forces, through which we will conduct benchmarking and validate standard setting. We are also working closely with the Police Uplift Programme team and forces on a comprehensive implementation plan so that the online assessment process is available for all forces by the end of June.

When will I be able to attend my assessment?

We are working at speed to roll out a suitable online assessment process for initial officer recruitment, as an interim solution to enable forces to continue to meet recruitment targets during this period of social distancing.

We are working with forces to prioritise access to the online assessment over the coming weeks and months. Please contact your force in the first instance for an update on their proposed timescales.

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.

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. 

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