Application Process

How To Apply

Meet The Officers

Our application process is designed to support you and to get the best from all kinds of people. We’ve made it as straightforward as possible. The useful information in this section will tell you more about the recruitment process.

There are different stages to the selection process. It is important you understand what each stage entails, when it will happen (and therefore when you have to be available) and how long you have to complete each stage of the process.

At the end of each stage, we’ll notify you of whether you have been successful in proceeding to the next stage and this will generally be by email. After four stages you will receive a conditional offer, but this will not result in a final offer until stages five and six are completed.

Online Application Form and Situational Judgement Test

The application form is your first opportunity to tell us about yourself, so take your time and read through all of the instructions carefully. Before you get started, it helps to have a few things to hand:

  • Your passport
  • Driving licence
  • National insurance number
  • Academic certificates

You’ll also need to be able to take a picture of any tattoos you may have.

Triple check your contact details and spelling throughout and we’d always advise you to save your application regularly so you don’t lose your work.

There are a lot of questions, but it is important for us to verify all of your details due to the nature of the role you are applying for.

The situational judgement test gives you valuable insight into working as a Police Officer. We’ll ask you to consider hypothetical, challenging situations that you might encounter and you’ll have a choice of possible responses.

Online Numerical and Verbal Testing

We’ll need you to complete two ability tests – one that will consider your numerical skill and the other to check your verbal ability These are online and you will have a few days to complete each exercise so you can take them in your own time and in the comfort of your own home. There is no time limit per question but your time taken will be monitored and reflected in your results. Once you start you must complete both exercises in one session. It helps to find a quiet place with no disturbances and make the most of the practice questions.


Our Video and Job Insight assessment is your chance to show us that you have the key strengths essential to be a successful neighbourhood police officer. You will be presented with scenarios detailing a typical situation, project or task that you might encounter as a neighbourhood police officer and asked how you would respond to it. The assessment may be challenging but the questions are not designed to trick you or test your knowledge of the police. Our aim is to identify people who will genuinely enjoy the work they do as a Police Now neighbourhood police officer.

Some of the questions will ask you to make a decision, while others will ask you to answer questions based on information you have read. Some responses will ask you to respond through video recording, others a written response or multiple choice questions.This is a fast-paced way of assessing your true potential. We’re keen to see if you can sustain exceptional performance in a demanding role with genuine motivation and energy for what you do.

Assessment Centre

Once you’ve been notified that your Video and Job Insight assessment has been successful, you’ll be able to book onto an assessment centre online. The assessment centres will be held in London and reasonable expenses will be paid for travel and/or accommodation as needed.

The centre features a number of different interactive exercises. You’ll complete a strengths-based interview, an interactive role play and a virtual reality exercise. We really appreciate the time every candidate has invested and for those who are unsuccessful at this stage we offer full feedback from the day.

All candidates will be sent hints and tips video to help prepare for the assessment centre. But, if you feel like you would also benefit from a pre-assessment centre coaching session, please contact the Graduate Recruitment Team to discuss this further.

Vetting, Medical and Fitness

We will be in touch fairly quickly after the assessment centre to let you know whether you are moving to the next stage.

For those who receive a conditional offer, your force allocation will be confirmed, and you will continue to vetting, medical and fitness testing. Please note that your conditional offer will not result in a final offer until stages five and six are completed.

For the medical and fitness testing you will travel to your force HQ. To ensure you are physically fit for the role you will undertake a bleep test. To ensure you are medically fit for the role you will have a consultation with a nurse and/or doctor which will include an eyesight and hearing test, blood pressure and BMI. At this point a DNA sample will be taken as well as your fingerprints and substance misuse testing.

It’s very important that you read our health and fitness requirements before applying to us. You must be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the role as a police officer. However this does not require extreme athleticism and if you take regular exercise such as walking, swimming or jogging then you should have no problem with the fitness test at all.

There are also certain medical conditions and disorders that may have a detrimental effect on your ability to conduct the role effectively. Please ensure you have read through our medical guidance here before applying, and note the likelihood of your condition becoming a barrier to your application.


The final stage of our application process is to request references. We ask for a range of referees that will cover recent education, current and previous employment and a personal reference if there are any gaps unaccounted for. A reference will be required if you have undertaken any employment with any police force or the armed forces, regardless of length of time or how long ago it was.

Police Now was started inside the Metropolitan Police Service in 2015. In 2016, we became independent and are now working with 28 forces across England and Wales. We’re working with the following partner forces to offer opportunities to graduates on Police Now’s 2019 programme:

  • Avon & Somerset Constabulary
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Derbyshire Constabulary
  • Essex Police
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • Kent Police
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Northumbria Police
  • South Wales Police
  • Staffordshire Police
  • Surrey Police
  • Sussex Police
  • Thames Valley Police
  • Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police
  • West Midlands Police