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Police Assessment Centre Courses : Available Dates

Our police assessment centre courses teach you all the skills required to pass your police assessment centre. Our main focus is on the role-plays, written proposals and interview sections – these account for 95% of all marks available. Places are limited to 8 persons per course to ensure your individual needs are met. Courses dates are as follows:

This course is suitably located for candidates applying to West Midlands, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, West Mercia, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire Police.

This course is suitably located for candidates applying to West Midlands, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, West Mercia, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire Police.

This course is suitably located for candidates applying to Metropolitan Police, Thames Valley Police, Herfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Police, Essex Police and all other southern forces.

Each person who attends one of the above courses will also receive a complimentary police fitness test training programme and police bleep test cd-rom. More information on our police recruitment courses

See you there…

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Psst…Police Application is changing

It’s time for a Police Application makeover. We’re constantly improving the way we do business with our clients, delivering nothing but quality and accurate information, whether it’s in the classroom, or on our website, blog, twitter or facebook pages.

We don’t make outrageous claims to be NPIA assessors – because we know you are not allowed to be an NPIA assessor and teach people how to join the police – that is what is known as a conflict of interest!  What we do know, our results certainly speak for themselves – over 90% of all our clients are appointed.

In just a few weeks time Police Application will be launching a new website, and here’s a sneak preview of what’s in store:

Less than 10-days to go before it's official launch
Less than 10-days to go before it's official launch
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FREE Police Fitness Training Programme and Bleep Test CD

All candidates who attend either a police assessment centre course on Saturday 29th Aug, 5th Sept or Saturday 3rd Oct will each receive a complimentary copy of our police fitness test training programme and bleep test cd worth £20.

Our owner of policeapplication.co.uk, prior to him joining the police service was a former International Decathlete and spent nearly 8 years working in the health club industry as a Personal Trainer and in health club management. The Police Fitness Test Training Programme has been written by himself and boasts many different training regimes, not only to guarantee that you pass the fitness test, but also keep you motivated!

Enjoy your complimentary copy.

To secure a place on either course you only need to pay a £25 deposit. Full details of the assessment centre courses here…

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Benefits of the Police Application Form Checking Service

Do you want to guarantee that your police application form meets the required standard?

With more candidates chasing fewer positions it is even more important now that not only does your form meet the required standard, but if possible be one of those with the highest scores. Some forces put forward those with the highest scores first to their assessment centre!

Our application form checking service will not only guarantee that your form meets the required competency standard, but we’ll also ensure that it’s amongst those with the highest pass marks. We we continually work with you until your form is at this standard.

When you purchase this service, within approx 10 mins, you receive a unique login and password giving you immediate access to the required help / sample police competency question answers. No waiting 24 hours or the next working day!

Once you have produced and submitted your draft answers for evaluation, feedback is normally with you within 72 hours – often less where tight closing dates apply. We will then continually work with you until your form meets the high standard required, in most cases this can be achieved within the first feedback report.

The cost of this service is £25.

More details… Police Application Form Checking Service

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MET Police Assessment Centre Course

Our next police assessment centre training course is being held on Sat 31st Oct in St Albans. This is an ideal location for candidates who are attending their MET assessment centre at some point in November/December.

Full details of the training course can be found at: http://www.policeapplication.co.uk/services/1-day-course/

The course covers all aspects of the role-plays, written proposals and structured competency interview as these account for 95% of the marks available. Candidates should not be concerned with the Numerical Reasoning test as this only accounts for 2.5% of all marks available – and there is NO pass mark required for this test.

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Police Assessment Centre MYTHS

Myth Number 1:

You are continually assessed against the competencies throughout the whole day. So even when I am waiting for the next exercise, I am still being marked for team working etc…

Not true – your are only assessed against the competencies in the relevant exercises. The only competency you can be rejected on between exercise is Race and Diversity. In other words, if you come out of your role-play and say “blimey I had a real blonde moment in that exercise” you would receive a D grade in Race and Diversity and be rejected.

Myth Number 2:

I must wear my best trouser suit…

Not true – you are not assessed on your appearance, therefore you do not need to go dressed to impress. A pair of trousers / open shirt is fine for gentleman and for the ladies trousers/skirt and a blouse. Go comfortable, because it’s a five hour + day.

Myth Number 3:

I must say completely different things in each role-play room.

Not true – some role-plays test exactly the same skills. For example in the role-play where someone wishes to discuss a concern, you would ask: Do any other store-owners share your same concerns with security? You ask a very similar question in another: Do any other security guards share your same concerns?

You have different assessors in each room, so don’t be alarmed if you are saying similar things. Each competency is assessed a minimum of 3 times, this means sometimes they are looking for exactly the same skills on more than 1 occasion!

If you want to give yourself a 90% chance of passing the police assessment centre, please do consider one of our police training courses. Our recruitment expert can offer you one to one police assessment coaching as well as group format courses.

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Police Assessment Centre – Problem Solving: Never jump to conclusions!

With nearly a quarter of all mark available at assessment centre coming from Problem Solving, it is important that you can demonstrate this skill…

Good problem solvers avoid jumping to conclusions but instead gather lots of information about all the possible causes, and then draw conclusions after a logical examination. If you don’t collect enough information about all the possible causes, then of course the problem is unlikely to be resolved. It is this that is often the main challenge for people, they just don’t collect enough information. If they don’t know where to look or don’t really know what they are looking for, then of course your likely to be left facing the same problem, time and time again!

During the course of the assessment centre, one of the main skills to demonstrate is the ability not to jump to conclusions. So where role-actors are putting pressure on you to make quick decisions, you should resist this – saying “you understand their concerns however you will not be drawn into jumping to conclusions, you will fully investigate and gather as much information about the situation before any action is taken”.

This kind of pressure arises in at least three of the role-plays…

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Maths pass mark for Police Assessment Centre

The Maths test (aka Numerical Reasoning) does NOT have a pass mark. It is worth only 3 marks out of the 123 available in a police assessment centre – that 2.5% overall.

It forms part of the Problem Solving competency which you are assessed 7 times during the course of your day. There is also no specific pass mark for Problem Solving, nor any other competency with the exception of Race and Diversity.

To find out exactly what skills you need to demonstrate on your assessment day, book one of our group police assessment courses or a one to one police assessment training course.

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How to apply to become a police officer…

This post is for candidates whom are unsure how to apply to become a police officer in England and Wales.

Firstly, despite popular belief the police service is not short of candidates wishing to become police officers so you will find that most forces do not issue application forms 365 days a year. Smaller forces may only have one or two windows of opportunity throughout the year, while larger forces may be open for considerable months at a time.

Each force is responsible for issuing their own application forms and each have their own methods – some are online while others use the National application form. So to obtain an application form you first need to contact your desired force – using Google simply search ‘the name of your force, followed by the word ‘recruitment’ i.e., Metropolitan Police Recruitment – this will narrow your search and save you time having to navigate through the whole of their website to find the page you really want.

Some forces only accept applications from candidates whom have attended an event locally, so be prepared to have to pay them a visit. Others, if currently sending out application forms will simply send you one via the post.

The application form is a 22-page competency based document, so you will need to evidence your suitability for the role by answering a series of questions. This section is pass / fail so it is very important that your answers have the right content. The best part of 60% are rejected at this stage because their answers do not tick the correct boxes. If you would like help completing your police application form I can provide this assistance, ensuring that your form meets the necessary standard.

Once you have had confirmation that your form meets the required standard you will then be called to attend a police assessment centre. An assessment centre is a process, not a place. It is during this process that you will again be asked to demonstrate your suitability for the role by completing a series of exercises. These exercises include role-plays, written reports, interview, Maths and English test, in all it is a five hour day!

In order to pass an assessment centre there are four pass marks that must be achieved – Overall, Race and Diversity, Oral Communications an finally Written Communications. Written Communications is your spelling and grammar, so extra care and attention should be given to the written reports you write. Forces do have differing pass marks for assessment centres, so although you may be unsuccessful with your current force, others may accept your scores, this will prevent you from having to reapply at a later date. Please refer to my earlier post ‘Assessment Centre Pass Marks 50% or 60%

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Advice for Police Officer and PCSO Applicants: Spelling and Grammar

Both the police officer application form and police assessment centre are designed to test your ability to use correct spelling and grammar.

In the competency section of your police / PCSO application form, you must not exceed 10 errors or more, while in the assessment centre this is limited to no more than 5 spelling / 4 grammatical errors in each written proposal.

If you exceed this amount in your application form, or you exceed this amount in both written proposals, this will result in rejection. To help candidates I have compiled the following advice:

Let’s have a look at when to use capital letters

Which is correct?

  • I attended School between the ages of four and eighteen
  • I attended school between the ages of four and eighteen

Answer: I attended school between the ages of four and eighteen

The word ‘school’ only needs a capital letter at the start when it is part of a name of a specific school. It does not need one when it appears on its own. The same is true for other places, institutions, organisations, and buildings.

When using capital letters in titles (for a film, book, ‘role’, period or event) however, be careful only to use them for the start of the first and key words, and not for small words within the title.

Which is correct?

  • an Officer and a Gentleman
  • An Officer And A Gentleman
  • An Officer and a Gentleman

Answer: An Officer and a Gentleman

The above examples throw up a few additional points to remember. People’s titles should always have capital letters, for example: Prime Minister, Princess Royal.

Periods have titles, and begin with a capital letter: Gothic, the Renaissance, the Depression.

Countries begin with a capital letter, but so too do languages and nationalities, for example: English, Kurdish, Chinese, Arabic, French, Polish. Note that all words that are formed from, or are connected to, these base words also begin with capital letters, for example: Frenchman, Arabia, Chinese lantern.

Which is correct?

  • It is far warmer in the south, especially in the summer
  • It is far warmer in the South, especially in the summer
  • It is far warmer in the south, especially in the Summer
  • It is far warmer in the South, especially in the Summer

Answer: It is far warmer in the south, especially in the summer

Note that although capital letters are used for days of the weeks and months of the year, they are not needed for the points of the compass, or for seasons.

Let’s have a look at when to use commas

Commas should be used in a sentence to indicate where someone reading the sentence would pause (for a fraction of a second only), perhaps to take a breath. As a rule, longer and more complex sentences are more likely to need commas than short sentences.

i.e. While teaching my recent assessment centre training course, a client whom I never met before, kindly introduced themselves on arrival as Julie Smith.