Police written EXERCISES
Pass the online assessment process using our police written exercise example questions and answers.
To become a police constable in England and Wales you must pass the College of Policing online assessment process. Throughout the selection process you will be assessed against the competencies and values of policing.
The written exercise (Stage 3a or Exercise 3) is the penultimate component of the police online assessment process, and unfortunately many candidates slip up during this phase. 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.
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The College of Policing introduced the online assessment process in May 2020, which is used by all constabularies in the England 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:
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 exercise to progress your application.
THE FORMAT OF THE EXERCISE
The police written exercise is the third part of the online assessment process. You are permitted 40 minutes (in total) to complete this test. You will be given four separate articles to read, each relating to the given scenario.
Using only the information provided, you must write your response to a series of questions as if you were a serving police constable. To pass this exercise you will need to refer to the competencies and values of policing in your answers. You are not permitted to use any external material or resources to help form your answers.
You have 40 minutes in total to complete this assessment. Within this time you will need to read all four of the extracts and answer all of the questions.
When you read through the exercise and the questions you will notice that some of the information is irrelevant to the questions you are being asked. Always refer back to the questions and only include information which is relevant to the exercise.
The police written exercise is assessed on your ability to demonstrate one value and four competencies. These are as follows:
Remember, you are being assessed on your ability to communicate effectively. Therefore, you must construct your responses in a logical and concise manner, being sure to directly answer the questions you have been asked.
When composing your responses make sure that you cite the competencies and values of policing.
Download a FREE Introductory guide to the Police Written Exercise below!
To: PC Jones
From: Sergeant Smith
We have received a number of complaints from shop owners regarding people attempting to steal food items and harassing customers in and outside the shops. Shop owners are stating that they are losing trade because of this and are demanding action from the police. Can you please look into this issue and report back with your recommendations to reduce the crime on the high street and advise why we are seeing an increase in the offences and also advise on the below.
Chart of reported crimes in the high street.
Eyewitness statements and complaint call from local resident.
Eyewitness statement 1
A local shop keeper has stated that he had seen a well-known shop lifter in the area known as ‘Tea-Leaf Trevor’ hanging around the high street, dressed smartly in his signature attire. However, he also stated that he had not witnessed him stealing anything. (Tea-Leaf Trevor was released from prison at the end of September after serving five years for stealing high priced items from electrical stores).
Eyewitness statement 2
The owner of the local mini-market chased a homeless man out of his shop after he caught him stealing a bag of apples and some protein bars. The shop keeper stated that he did not recognise the person but said that it looked like they had been sleeping rough and his clothes were very dirty.
A local resident Gary Edwards has called the station and expressed concerns regarding harassment from a number of homeless people in the high street. Mr Edwards stated, on the 7th November when he was out shopping, he was stopped and harassed by a number of people begging him for money. He said this had also happened the previous week.
Map of High Street showing affected shops
Suggested points for your answer:
1. What are the main issues raised and how are these affecting the community?
2. Provide your recommendations on how we can resolve these issues.
To see our recommended responses to questions 3, 4 & 5 download our Police Written Exercise Questions & Answers Download.
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