PASS THE POLICE APPLICATION FORM
75% OF APPLICANTS FAIL AT THIS STAGE
DONT BE ONE OF THEM!
It is essential that if you want to become a police office you submit a strong application form that meets the criteria and stands out from the thousands of other applicants.
Our police officer application DVD takes you through every part of the form and shows you how to score high marks. It is full of sample responses to help you succeed in your pursuit to become an officer in 2013.
ABOUT THE POLICE APPLICATION FORM
A standard part of any job application is the application form itself, and the one to apply to become a police officer is only the first step in a comprehensive recruitment process.
If your application is unsuccessful at any level of the police recruitment process, then it will be six months until you will be able to apply again so you need to get it right first time!
WHAT THE FORM IS NOT
The application form is not just about gaining your personal information, it is also a test in itself, designed to ensure that only the strongest applicants are sent through to the next round of the recruitment process.
So you need to make sure it matches the requirements!
On average a police force will receive 7 applications for a single available position, this means that they can choose the best candidate, and you want that to be you.
All police forces use a standardised form and the information given here is relevant no matter what force you are interested in applying to. There are a couple of different ways to apply to begin the process of becoming a constable. Either you can go to the official recruitment site policecouldyou.co.uk or you can get in touch with your local police force to get an application form.
THE BREAKDOWN: 4 SECTIONS
The sections are divided as such:
1. A section about your personal information
2. A section on your employment history
3. A section on your education and skills
4. Finally a section with 10 competency questions for you to answer.
HOW YOU FORM IS MARKED BY THE RECRUITMENT STAFF
- The recruitment staff only actually receive 5 pages of your form, the other pages which contain personal information are removed to ensure that each applicant is treated equally and fairly.
- The pages that they focus on are you competency answers to determine if you match the competencies of a police officer.
- Grading is actually based upon the average that all other candidates have achieved on that question not on what an individual scores.
Marks for answers are given from A to D grade.
- An A-grade means that, when compared to other candidates, your score was within the top 15%.
- A D-grade answer means your answers was in the bottom 15%. Your marks are added up to give an overall score.
- To pass candidates have to achieve a ‘B’ grade in 3 out of the 4 competencies, or a ‘B’ grade in 2 out of the 4 competencies, and a ‘B’ grade overall.
UNDERSTANDING THE PERSON SPECIFICATION
Your first step is to find out what the ‘person specification’ is for the particular force you are applying to join.
Essentially, the role of a police officer is made up of a number of core competencies. You may receive these in your application pack or alternatively they can usually be found on the main police recruitment website, or on the website of the force you are applying to join.
TOP TIP - Whatever you do, make sure you get a copy of them, and have them by your side when completing the application form. Basically you are looking to match your responses with the police officer core competencies.
Once you have found the ‘core competencies’, now is the time to structure your answer around these, ensuring that you briefly cover each area based upon your own experiences in both your work life and personal life.
APPLYING THE CORE COMPETENCIES TO YOUR ANSWERS
The core competencies that form the basis of the police officer role are similar to the following. Please note that the core competencies do change from time to time so it is important to confirm that they are correct.
1. Respect for race and diversity
- This essentially involves considering and showing respect for the opinions, circumstances and feelings of colleagues and members of the public, no matter what their race, religion, position, background, circumstances, status or appearance.
2. Team working
- In order to meet this core competency you will need to be able to develop strong working relationships both inside and outside the team.
- If there are barriers between different groups then you will need to have the skills to break them down and involve other people in discussions and decisions that you make.
3. Community and customer focus
- As a police officer you must focus on the customer. The customer is essentially the members of the public whom you will be dealing with.
- You will need to be capable of providing a high-quality service that is tailored to meet each person’s individual needs.
- The only way that you can provide a high quality service to the public is by understanding the needs of your community.
4. Effective communication
- Police officers must be able to communicate both verbally and in writing. You will also need to communicate to the people you are addressing in a style and manner that is appropriate.
- As a serving police officer you will be required to take accurate notes of incidents that you attend.
- Therefore, the Police Force that you are applying to join will want to assess your potential in this area during the written tests element of the selection process.
5. Problem solving
- In order to solve problems effectively you will first need to gather sufficient information. This can usually be achieved through a number of sources.
- For example, if as a police officer you were investigating a burglary, you would first want to gather witness statements from the owner of the property and also the owners of surrounding properties.
- This information may then lead to other information sources, which will allow you to gather sufficient evidence to make decisions that will ultimately lead to the problem being solved through effective decision-making.
6. Personal responsibility
- Police officers have a reputation for getting things done.
- They are very good at taking personal responsibility for making things happen and achieving results. In order to effectively achieve this you will need to display a level of motivation, commitment, perseverance and conscientiousness.
- As a police officer you will do doubt be faced with difficult and pressurised circumstances.
- It is during these tough situations that you will need to show resilience.
- For example, imagine turning up to a 999 call where a group of drunken lads are refusing to leave a pub after closing time.How would you deal with the situation?
- You must be prepared to make difficult decisions and have the confidence to see them through.
INCREASING YOUR CHANCES OF SUCCESS
Now take a read of the following 10 tips, which will help you to submit a STRONG application!
- Make sure you read the whole of the application form at least twice before preparing your responses, including the guidance notes.
- Read and understand the person specification and the police officer core competencies.
- Try to tailor your answers around the ‘core competencies’ and include any keywords or phrases you think are relevant.
- Make sure you base your answers on actual events that you have experienced either in your work life or personal life.
- Fill the form out in the correct ink colour. If you fail to follow this simple instruction then your form may end up in the bin!
- Follow all instructions carefully.
- If there is a specific word count for each question, make sure you stick to it.
- Make sure you keep a photocopy of your completed application form before sending it off as you could be asked questions relating to it during the interview stage if you progress that far.
- Do not lie; it is important to be honest when completing your police application form.
- Get someone to read your practice/completed application form to check for spelling/grammar mistakes. You lose marks for poor grammar/spelling.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU PASS THE APPLICATION FORM STAGE FIRST TIME…
This DVD will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to complete the police application form.
- The presenter of the DVD is an expert in the completion of application forms.
- He has been assessing and marking forms for over 10 years.
- The DVD is easy to follow and examines every part of the form and what you need to include
- You will be shown insider information to significantly increase your chances of success
- You will be provided with actual sample responses to the competency-based question
Our Police Officer Application Form’ DVD is the most comprehensive tuition available on the market – GUARANTEED!
TOPICS COVERED IN THIS 120-MINUTE INSIDERS DVD:
- Explanations from an expert on how to complete the police application form.
- A thorough step-by-step guide on completing each section properly.
- The core competencies and how you will be assessed on the form.
- How to complete the form correctly so that it PASSES.
- Insider tips on what constitutes a strong application.
- How to correctly create your answers to the application form questions.
- How to ensure success during the competency assessment section.
- Sample responses you can use that have been previously successful.
Plus lots more INSIDER information.
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