Application Process

Application Stage

The recruitment process to become a Police Constable can be fairly lengthy. We do ensure you are updated at every stage of the process however it’s important you are aware the process can take a considerable amount of time before joining an intake.

Application Form 

The first stage of the process is to complete an online application. Your application will be screened to ensure you meet the minimum eligibility requirements.

Your application will be reviewed and assessed, once this has been satisfied the information you have provided in the application form will be assessed as follows:

Written Communication: A high standard of written communication skills are a pre-requisite to working as a PC. If your application form contains an unreasonable number of spelling or grammatical errors then your application will be unsuccessful.

Competency Based Question Scoring (CBQ): As part of the application process we are looking for evidence of the qualities you have to enable you to carry out the role of a PC. The application form asks you to provide specific examples of what you did or said in a range of different situations. The answers you provide enable us to assess your application against the Competency and Values Framework (CVF).

Online Testing

If your application is successfully short listed you will be invited to take online tests. You will be required to complete:

  • Computation - A test to assess your ability to make quick but accurate calculations.
  • Word Usage - A test to assess your ability to select pairs of words which fit into a given sentence. The test may involve the use of grammar, meaning or spelling.
  • Verbal Reasoning - A test to assess your ability to reason with written information drawn from the world of work.

Assessment Centre

Once you have successfully completed the online tests you will be invited to attend an assessment centre, this will take place at our Force Learning and Development Centre in London. You will only be invited to attend the assessment centre if you successfully pass all three of the online tests.  

The day comprises of the following exercises:

  • A one hour competency based interview and Presentation
  • Uniform measurements taken.
  • A Job Related Fitness Test (JRFT) – a bleep test to level 5.4
  • You will have samples taken (mouth swab and fingerprints) for the purpose of biometric vetting.
Together, these activities will allow us to assess whether you have the skills and qualities required of a Police Constable.

Pre-Employment Checks

If you meet our high standards, you will then receive a conditional offer. At this stage you will be placed into a holding pool until a posting becomes available for your chosen location. Once you have been offered an intake your Pre-Employment checks will commence.  At this stage your baseline vetting will be sent for processing, it’s imperative you are honest when completing your vetting form as anything missed can result in a failure to disclose information.

We will also follow up employment references.  If you do not want your current employer approaching we will request this reference once you have your contract.  As with any other job we reserve the right to withdraw the offer if an employment reference identifies an issue, although this is rare.

We will inform you once the appropriate Security Checks have been completed, and will not forward your offer letter or contract until this stage.

You will also be required to attend a comprehensive medical assessment which will be conducted by a doctor or registered nurse. The medical assessment is thorough and includes checks of your eyesight, hearing, blood pressure and body mass and will help us to determine whether or not you have the level of health that is required of a Police Constable.

Abbreviated BTP Medical Standards For Basic Police Officer Recruitment