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The College of Policing is undoubtedly a superb organisation that has transformed policing standards and the values and qualities expected in those that join UK police services. That is why the values and competencies they set (called the CVF) are crucial to learn as you WILL be ASSESSED against these throughout the selection process!


The competences of a police officer serve as a template for the role of a police officer. To have a chance of success, applicants MUST learn, comprehend, and most crucially, be able to DEMONSTRATE them at EVERY stage of the selection process.

Scores are determined by how well each competency (or value) is exhibited and proven, so be sure you know them completely and well ahead of time.

IMPORTANT: You will be evaluated against the CVF for each of the tasks that make up the Online Assessments (as well as the competency-based interview).


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Candidates will be needed to demonstrate a comprehension and knowledge of the behavioural traits and qualities that make up the police competencies at all levels of the application process. Scores are determined by how well each competency (or value) is exhibited and proven, so be sure you know them completely and well ahead of time.

“The 10 values and competencies are used to assess the suitability of all police applicants and are used to form the scoring criteria for the online assessments and interview stages.”

A brief overview and explanation of the 10 CVF Values and Competencies are as follows:



Recognise the various requirements of persons and consider them while making judgments. Everyone should be treated fairly and respectfully. They respect and value the perspectives of everyone they come into contact with, as long as they do not contradict the police code of conduct.


Ensure that they follow the police code of conduct and make judgments that are in the best interests of the public. Make judgments that will strengthen the police’s reputation, and recognise their responsibility as a role model in society. Accept constructive criticism with open arms.


Act in the best interests of the general people and put the needs of the public ahead of their own. Adapt their messaging to the intended audience. Make an attempt to comprehend the demands of various members of the public.


With others, be sincere, honest, and tactful. Demonstrate an open and critical attitude toward their own work, acknowledging that there are always opportunities for growth. Communicate with co-workers and the general public in a straightforward and complete manner. Recognise and respect confidentiality.



Treating others with respect and compassion. Acknowledging other people’s opinions, values and beliefs – provided they fall within lawful boundaries. Asking for help when necessary.


Identifying and responding to problems/issues accurately and taking on projects with zeal and energy. Accepting responsibility for their actions.


Collaborating with colleagues and specialists from different organisations in a cooperative and harmonious manner. Having an approachable and friendly demeanour so that people feel at ease approaching them for assistance or direction.


Being willing and ready to take on difficult duties in order to improve the police service’s production. Demonstrating a grasp of how their work benefits the police force. Taking a diligent and tenacious approach to police work, always striving to deliver the finest service possible.


Before making a decision, recognise the necessity of critical thought, analysis, and careful evaluation. Analysing and evaluating data in a timely and correct manner and ensuring logic and solid reasoning are used to solve difficulties.


Being receptive to new ideas, perspectives, and perceptions. Sharing thoughts and suggestions with coworkers in order to improve present police practise. Reflecting on their own work habits and how they may improve them. Adapting to changing conditions and requirements.


Of course, a perfectly acceptable way to prepare for the Police selection process is to read and learn the CVF and its 10 Core Competencies and Values.

However, perhaps a better thing to do is to practice answering test questions that are focused on the 10 Core Competencies and Values. If you practice many test questions, eventually the competencies and values will become second nature. This is particularly helpful when you attend the interview & online assessment centre and undertake the competency interview and written tests.

Let’s take a look at several example assessment test questions that are focused on the 10 Core Competencies and Values.


You are on holiday in the Lake District and are just about to reach the summit on one of the popular hills in the area, when you notice an elderly man who is bent over seemingly struggling to breathe. There are others starting to gather in the area. What do you do?

A: Approach the man to see if he is ok, and ask if they need any assistance. Tell them when you get back down to the bottom of the hill, you will inform the emergency services so they can come and help him.

B: Carry on to the peak of the hill. If the man is still there when you are walking down the hill, as him if he is OK and if he needs any help.

C: Approach the man and ask if he is ok and offer your assistance. Advise him that you will call the emergency services and stay with him until they arrive.

D: As there are a number of other people gathering near the man assume that they will deal with the issue. If he is still there when you walk back down offer your assistance then.


The best answer for this scenario is C. By approaching the man and offering your assistance you are demonstrating ‘public service’. By calling the emergency services you are also ‘taking ownership’ of the situation. Option A does not fully appreciate the issues. By the time you make it back down the hill the man’s condition could deteriorate. B is a poor response as is option D.

You have been called to an incident on the local high street. A homeless man has been attempting to steal food from the café. This is happening on most days. The café owner is getting frustrated by this and is worried that the incidents will end up with him losing customers. You arrive at the café and the owner says the following:

“I understand that it can’t be easy for people who are homeless, and I don’t want to get them into trouble, but my customers are getting fed up and will start going elsewhere. I can’t accept that.” 

How do you deal with this situation?

A: Tell the café owner that you completely understand their concerns and that you will arrest the homeless man for theft.

B: Advise the café owner that he may consider giving the homeless man some free food. That way he would he helping the homeless and not risk losing customers.

C: Tell the owner of the café that you understand his concerns and you will speak to the homeless man about his behaviour and that it must cease. Offer advice to the homeless man of local shelters where they may find assistance with food, accommodation and help to get them back on their feet.

D: Challenge the homeless man in regards to his behaviour. Take him to the café owner and suggest that he apologises for the problems he is causing. Inform the homeless man he has one last chance. If he continues to attempt to steal food from the café you will have no choice but to arrest him. Give the café owner your direct number so he can report any further issues.


The only real solution to this scenario based on the options provided is option C. By listening to the owner’s concerns and acknowledging them, you are showing emotional awareness and empathy for the issue faced. When you speak to the homeless man, by advising him of the options available to help him, you are demonstrating a good level of ‘public service’. It also demonstrates that you are ‘emotionally aware’ and understanding of the issues faced by being homeless. A is not a suitable answer – it is a solution, but does not take into account the wishes of the café owner and you have no evidence of the theft actually happening aside from the café owner’s word, and therefore should be avoided. B, would be a kind gesture from the café owner, but does not address the concerns of the café owner. D is a possible solution, but is unlikely to prevent this from happening again and shows a lack of empathy and emotional awareness. It is vital to remember, the homeless man is a member of the community also, and any actions taken should be in their best interests also.

You are on patrol with a colleague in the local high street. When your colleague approaches a passer-by and starts to berate the person for dropping litter. Shaken-up the passer-by picks up the litter and swiftly moves on. You don’t recall the person dropping the litter, but you could have missed the incident and think no more of it. Later, during the shift you notice your colleague has a wry smile on their face. When you ask them what they are smiling about, they inform you, that the person did not drop litter. The passer-by was a person who used to bully your colleague and they decided to have a little pay-back for the suffering they caused them when they were at school together. What do you say to your colleague?

A: Do not say anything to your colleague. Now is not the time to deal with it as you’re on duty. Wait until you return to the station and inform your sergeant of the inappropriate behaviour.

B: Tell your colleague that the behaviour is unacceptable and an abuse of power. Tell them that it should cease immediately. Inform your sergeant of the incident ASAP.

C: Sympathise with your colleague for the abuse they received, but tell them their behaviour was equally unacceptable. Tell them if it happens again, you will inform the sergeant.

D: Tell your colleague that you thought the passer-by hadn’t dropped any litter. Explain to them that you do not agree with what they have done, but you are no fan of bullies, so the passer-by probably deserved it.


The answer to this question is option B. The actions of your colleague are a clear abuse of their power and it shows a complete lack of the value ‘integrity’. Response B clearly challenges your colleague’s actions and this demonstrates integrity. It is also vital that you report this incident to your sergeant as soon as possible. Option A only offers a partial solution. This needs to be challenged head-on. C shows a level of empathy for the abuse your colleague suffered, but does not challenge their lack of integrity sufficiently. This needs, acting upon immediately and not waiting for another incident. Option D is a poor response. Although you disagree with your colleague’s action, you are not challenging it, which shows a lack of integrity.

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