DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A SPECIAL CONSTABLE?
WE ARE ABOUT TO SHOW YOU HOW…
Police Special Constables are the eyes and ears of Community Policing. It is a job that carries a high level of responsibility and is one that is both challenging and rewarding in equal measure. Before we teach you how to pass the different elements for becoming a Special, let’s first of all take a look at the selection process and what it involves.
In the following video Richard McMunn explains the benefit of the book and how it will help you to become a police special constable at the first attempt:
THE SPECIAL CONSTABLE SELECTION PROCESS
It is important to note that, whilst many police forces will follow the national selection process, some will use variations of this. As such, we strongly recommend that you confirm the selection process that you will have to take before commencing your preparation. However, the following information will be a good basis for you to start.
In order to become a Police Special Constable you must be aged 18-57 and be capable of meeting the physical and mental demands of the role. During the selection process you will be assessed against your ability to match the core competencies and also your fitness levels.
You can be of any nationality to become a special; however, you must have the permanent right to remain in the UK if you are from a non-EEA country and have been resident in the UK for the three years before you apply. You are required to possess a good standard of English, have a presentable appearance, be compassionate and tactile and be able to commit to at least 200 hours per year. These commitment levels may vary from force to force so be please check with your chosen force before applying to ensure you can meet their requirements.
It is also important to note that there are a number of jobs that are not compatible with being a Special Constable and you should check these first with your chosen force before applying.
Step 1: Complete the Special Constable Application Form
To apply you will be required to complete an application. Many forces are now starting to use an online system which will require you to use a keyboard and computer in order to complete the form in its entirety. However, you may find that some forces are still using a paper-based version.
Step 2: Paper Sift Process & PNC Check
Once you have submitted your application form you will normally go through a paper sift process and a PNC check. During the sift your application will be checked to see that you meet the minimum eligibility requirements and also that you have provided suitable evidence to suggest that you can meet the core competencies assessed for the role.
Once your application passes the initial sift an initial PNC (Police National Computer) check will be carried out on you and your background.
Step 3: Assessment and Selection Day
Once you have successfully completed step 2, you will be required to complete an assessment and selection day. Some forces, more notably the Metropolitan Police, will do this over a 2-day period, with the two days being separated out over a short period of time.
As previously mentioned, the selection process for becoming a Police Special can vary from force to force. However, here are some details about the types of assessment you may be required to undertake:
• Police Initial Recruitment Test (PIRT)
• Written test
• Interactivity Test
If you are successful at assessment then:
• Medical appointment
• Fitness Test
If you are successful at the fitness test stage, you will be offered a position on the next Special Constable’s course, subject to satisfactory references and security checks.
Being a Police Special Constable in the UK is a very big challenge that not many are up to; however, if you have the right temperament, the right communication skills and the resilience to work effectively under pressure, then this job might just be for you!
In order to help you pass the selection process we have created a 200+ page guide that covers every element of selection.
The guide itself will provide you with:
- Insider tips on how to pass every stage of the process.
- Detailed information on what the assessors are looking for.
- Sample responses to the application form that you can use.
- Sample test and interview questions for you to use during your preparation.
Many UK Police Forces are now requiring you to join them as a Special Constables before they will consider you for the role of a full-time Police Officer. Because of this fact the selection process is getting tougher and it is important you are fully prepared and focused when you apply for this important role.
Before we tell you more about the guide and how it will help you, let us give you a sample test question and tips on how to approach it.
The Situational Judgement Test
The Situational Judgment Test is a multiple-choice test based on common situations that you may come across as a Special Constable. During the actual SJT assessment you will be required to answer 50 questions within a 65 minute time-frame.
Take a look at the following sample SJT question:
Sample Situational Judgement Test question 1
Whilst on foot patrol in your local High Street you are approached by a woman who informs you that she has just found a purse on the pavement. Upon inspection there is no money in the purse but you do notice personal details relating to the owner.
Please pick the best option (most effective option) and the worst option (least effective option) in terms of what you should do:
A. Challenge the woman as to why there is no money in the purse.
B. Immediately take the purse back to the station and record the lost property.
C. Ask the woman to hand the purse in at the local police station.
D. Immediately try to contact the owner of the purse in order to hand it back to them.
BEST OPTION: D
This option allows you to reunite the owner with the purse quickly and also allows you to stay out on patrol.
WORST OPTION: A
This option could potentially damage relations with the public. You have no reason to suspect the woman has taken money from the purse.
Our guide on how to become a Police Special is packed full of sample test questions and explanations like the one above.
HOW TO BECOME A POLICE SPECIAL CONSTABLE
THE KEY BENEFITS AND SECTIONS OF THIS GUIDE INCLUDE:
HOW TO PASS THE SELECTION PROCESS
• Essential insider tips on creating a successful application.
• Sample application form questions and answers that you can use on your form.
• How to avoid the mistakes that 75% of applicants make during the application form stage.
• Sample interview questions and responses which include detailed explanations to assist you.
• Crucial interactive exercises that you can use to enhance your skills during preparation.
• How to match the assessable core competencies required for the role and achieve high grades during each element of selection.
• Lots of sample Police Initial Recruitment Test (PIRT) questions that are similar to the real test.
• How to respond to the interview questions.
• Situational judgement test question with full explanations on how to approach this type of test.
• Written and produced by the UK’s leading police recruitment experts.
• Includes a FREE police ‘special constable’ fitness guide.
• Lots of sample numerical and verbal reasoning test questions.
• Includes 30-days FREE access to online police test questions.
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