Police online assessment briefing exercise

To become a police constable in England and Wales you must pass a series of assessments and exercises. Throughout the selection process you will assessed against the competencies and values of policing.

The briefing exercise is the final component of the police online assessment process, and is arguably the most challenging assessment. Therefore, it is vital that you are familiar with this exercise if you have serious plans of becoming a police officer and passing the online assessment centre.

How2Become have teamed up with our police recruitment experts to provide you with a collection of sample briefing exercises, complete with suggested answers, which you can use to prepare for the real thing! Inside this testing resource you will find sample test questions and recommended responses for the police briefing exercise.

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Police online assessment process tests

Police Officers who have recently passed the Online Assessment Process

The College of Policing introduced the online assessment process in May 2020, for which is used by all constabularies in the UK and Wales for police constable applicants.

The police online assessment process includes four exercises which you MUST pass in order to become a police officer. These are as follows:

  1. A situational judgement test (SJT)
  2. A competency-based video interview
  3. A written exercise
  4. A briefing exercise

These exercises are designed to assess candidates against the competencies and values of policing. You will need to demonstrate specific competencies and values throughout each exercises to progress your application.


The briefing exercise is the final part of the police online assessment process. You are permitted 46 minutes (in total) to complete this test. Of this, 10 minutes is allocated to reading the exercise and supplementary questions, and the remaining 36 minutes is allocated to answering all of the questions related to the scenario.

This exercise is split into three parts, with each part containing additional information and supplementary questions you must answer. Remember, you will have to answer each of the questions as if you are a serving police constable.

Top tips for the police briefing exercise

  • You will be assessed against one value and four competencies;
  • You cannot take breaks during this exercise; it must all be completed in one sitting;
  • You must only use the information provided to form your responses;
  • You are not permitted to use any external material or resources to compose your answers.
Police Online Assessment Centre Briefing Exercise



Read the below brief that you have received from your Sergeant:

Yesterday we received the 8th call this week from a shop owner in Ficshire Town Square. Ms Booth was approached by a large group of teenagers – who have begun loitering in the square – as she left her boutique on a Tuesday afternoon to get some lunch. The group surrounded Ms Booth and demanded she buy them alcohol from the nearby convenience store or they would throw a brick through her shop window.

  1. Highlight the issues the community are facing.
  2. What concerns will this raise within the community?
  3. What can be done to reduce these incidents?
  4. What are the risks to yourself policing this incident?
  5. What are your recommendations for addressing the issues?

In your responses for questions 1-5 points you could have covered:

  • Teenagers are behaving anti-socially and intimidating shop owners in the square.
  • Potentially under-age teenagers are seeking an adult to purchase alcohol for them.
  • The negative affect of this is people may become scared to shop in the Town Square for fear of being threatened or intimidated.
  • Where else could the teenagers hang out? Is there a more suitable location?
  • Extra patrols through the Town Square could act as a deterrent for the teenagers.
  • When resolving issues with a group or individuals who are known to be hostile you must be aware of, and factor in, your own safety and that of your colleagues and the general public. Recommending patrols are carried out in pairs will reduce the risk of a constable entering a dangerous situation by themselves.
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What’s included in this resource?

  • The competencies and values assessed during the online assessment process;
  • Prepare yourself with sample questions that follow a similar format to the actual test;
  • 7 unique briefing exercise questions;
  • Top-scoring suggested responses to each of the questions;
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