What Must I Do In Order to Become a Police Officer?
If you’re interested in becoming a police officer, you first need to know if you’re eligible to join the police. As you probably know, the guidelines pertaining to the police application process and recruitment testing are fairly comprehensive. Here are a few important things you must know if you wish to become a police officer:
- There are no minimum or maximum height requirements
- You must be either a British Citizen, a citizen of the EU or other states in the EEA, or a Commonwealth citizen or a foreign national with indefinite leave to remain in the UK
- If you have any minor convictions/cautions, there are some offences and conditions that could make you ineligible to join the police services
- You will be required to pass a written police application form that includes competency-based questions. (Approximately 70 percent of candidates are rejected at this stage).
- You will have to pass both a medical and police fitness test.
(Most forces then hold a police final selection interview)
- Because there are limited positions available and an on-going demand to join, police forces have been raising the recruitment standards so they get what they believe to be the best candidates. For example: The College of Policing has set the pass rate for the national police assessment centre at 50% but many forces only accept applicants who’ve scored at least 60%.
- In the past, there were no formal educational requirements one must meet to be eligible to join the police force. Nowadays however, most forces require candidates to have at least an A level or an NVQ level that is equivalent.
- Most forces incorporate psychometric testing prior to deciding if an applicant is qualified for an application form. This is called a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) which consists of different scenarios along with four responses which you must choose from to denote what you believe to be the most effective.
- Some forces require that you complete a Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) before applying. Other forces allow you to complete this once you’ve been accepted.
There are other regulation variants which may be in place. For instance some forces may have a zero tolerance policy in place toward applicants who have previous convictions regardless of how minor the convictions may be. Some forces may have regulations regarding having visible tattoos or how much education applicants have.
If you are unsure of what regulations a particular force employs, simply visit their website for details. You can find any police force’s official website on this page.
As you can see, if you’re truly interested in becoming a police officer, you will need to prepare yourself fully to ensure you can compete against hundreds of other candidates.
How We Can Help You Become a Police Officer
At Pass Police Tests, we can help you at each stage with:
Police Application Form – We provide you with a downloadable workbook that includes links to video tutorials and a competency-based practice application form.
Application Form Checking Service – We can check your completed police application form and provide you with feedback and offer suggestions as to how you can increase your scores.
Police Assessment Centre – We off a 1-day course with classes limited to six students per trainer that teaches you all you need to know in order to pass this stage of the police recruitment process. There is also some pre-course study and access to online video tutorials.
Police Fitness Test – You can download the correct version of the police bleep test and a Police Health & Fitness booklet so you can begin practising.
Police Selection Interview – We have designed an online interview course for police selection subscription that you can access for 90 days. This course covers the assessment centre competency-based interview and the police final interview. Per the request of serving officers, we have added a section for police promotion interview boards.
Pass Police Tests also offers one-on-one coaching via Skype, FaceTime or telephone for any of the police recruitment tests.
If you would like to practice a Police situational judgement test (SJT) or police verbal/numerical reasoning tests, you can do this with our partner company that specialises in all police psychometric tests.