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If successful, candidates will be asked to choose a telephone interview slot between March and April 2018. Any candidate unable to undergo a telephone interview during this timeframe will, unfortunately, be unable to continue the process.

Assessment Centre

You’ll need to attend this for three consecutive days. On day one, you’ll need to register and attend a briefing at 8pm. On day two, you’ll attend a full day of assessments. On Day three, you’ll attend a half-day of assessments, which will finish at 1pm. Again, you’ll need to choose from the available dates on a first come, first served basis. If you can’t attend, unfortunately, you’ll be unable to continue in the process.

All the assessment centres will be held at one of the College of Policing sites.  


The aim of the National Assessment Centre is to measure your suitability for the programme, including your potential to reach senior levels in the police service.

At every stage of the process, you’ll be assessed against our Competency and Values Framework. It’s a framework that supports all policing professionals by setting out nationally recognised behaviours and values. At assessment stage, you’ll be tested up to Level 3 of the framework, across six competency areas and against four behaviours.

Who are the Assessors?

All our assessors are trained in the principles and skills associated with the objective and fair appraisal of others. Assessors also receive training in the specific exercises used at the centre. Teams are made up of service assessors (from a UK force) and individuals from outside of policing.  

How do you determine if I am successful?

Once all the exercises are finished, your overall performance is considered. If you reach the requisite standard, we’ll recommend that you go on to the Direct Entry programme. The final decision will only be made once you’ve completed all the exercises and your performance on each exercise has been evaluated.

If successful, you’ll then be matched to a force that’s based on your initial choices (as far as possible). Forces will then decide if they want to conduct an interview or introduce a further selection stage, before offering a place to a candidate.  

What's the Process?

Stage One

Complete the online application form, demonstrating the relevant competencies.

Stage Two

Completed applications will be sifted by our recruitment specialists. Successful applicants will attend a 45-minute telephone interview to further demonstrate their skills against the core competencies.

Stage Three

If successful, you’ll be invited to the Direct Entry National Assessment Centre, the final stage of the selection process.

Stage Four

Candidates who are successful at the National Assessment Centre will then be considered by their chosen force for appointment.

Helpful advice on the application process can be found here.

Application timeline

Application Window
15th January - 26th February 23.55 hrs

Paper Sift
5th March - 25th March

Telephone Interview
19th March - 22nd April

Candidates Recommended for Assessment Centre
4th April - 27th April

Assessment Centres
16th May - 28th June

Assessment Centre Results to Forces
31st May - 4th July

Force Interviews
11th June - 20th July

Clearing Interviews
9th July - 16th August

Conditional Offers to Candidates
16th August

Notice Period / Force Vetting / Medical
17th August - 18th November

Programme Start
19th November