THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE DIRECT ENTRY PROGRAMME.
THE APPLICATION WINDOW FOR THE 2019 PROGRAMMES IS NOW CLOSED.
PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR 2020 DIRECT ENTRY PROGRAMMES ON THE HOMEPAGE.
If successful, candidates will be recommended for National Assessment Centre attendance. Any candidate unable to attend the Assessment Centre will, unfortunately, be unable to continue the process.
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.
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.
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 your chosen force in the first instance. Forces will then decide if they want to conduct an interview or introduce a further selection stage, before offering a place to a candidate.
Complete the online application form, demonstrating the relevant competencies.
Completed applications will be sifted by your selected Force against the core competencies. Successful applicants will be recommended for the Assessment Centre.
If successful, you’ll be invited to the Direct Entry National Assessment Centre, the final stage of the selection process.
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.
7th January - 18th February 23.55 hrs
Force Paper Sift
19th February - 6th April
Candidates Recommended for Assessment Centre
14th June - 16th June
Conditional Offers to Candidates
Notice Period / Force Vetting / Medical
16th August - 17th November