UK police forces are now starting to introduce a new element to the selection process – a presentation.
This presentation is carried out by candidates at the interview stage and lasts for 10 minutes. Watch the video and read more below for a full overview of the new police recruitment presentation (you can download a free PDF guide and presentation at the bottom of this page).
What is the police recruitment presentation?
Some constabularies now want applicants to deliver a short presentation
The presentation is to be delivered during the interview stage to the interview panel
The way you deliver the presentation is completely your choice, but you cannot use laptops, projectors etc.
Why are presentations being used?
Presentations are being used to provide candidates an opportunity to sell themselves to the interview panel
Police services are committed to recruiting those who share a strong passion for public service and support the core competencies/values
The main aim of the presentation is for candidates to demonstrate they will add value to the police service they are applying to
What must I cover?
There are three aspects you must cover during your presentation:
Why you’ll make a fantastic police officer
Why you want to join that particular police service’s team
Convince the interview panel that you have the correct attitude, behaviors, motivation and values to become a police officer in that constabulary
How long do I have?
Candidates get 10 minutes to present
There will be up to 10 minutes of questions & answers after your presentation
It is likely the interview panel will probe points you make, so be well prepared!
You must demonstrate your motivation
Demonstrate you have a good understanding of the police service’s values (use the core competencies)
There will be no extra time on the day to prepare for the presentation
You may bring notes or printed handouts but no laptops, projectors etc. can be used
There will be a maximum of two people on the interview panel