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Practice Police Role-Play and Written Proposal Exercises

I have devised a series of practice role-play and written proposal exercises that are available for immediate download for as little as £5.99 each.

These are ideal if you are concerned about the role-play/written exercises and you are not sure how the process works.

Each exercise has been produced to test the same competencies and skills required during a police and PCSO assessment centre. Each role-play exercise contains a full exercise brief, role-actor script and answer marking sheet; this enables you to identify, develop and practice the required skills and gain an insight not only into how you as a candidate must perform but also the role actors behaviour and typical responses. All are designed to test the full seven core competencies (race and diversity, team working, effective communications, problem solving, resilience, personal responsibility, and community and customer focus).

The written exercises also help you identify the skills required, plus each proposal exercise provides you with an example of a completed written (layout etc).

These exercises are available on our new website:

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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.