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 or not 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 take a couple of tests – you will have a few days to complete them. These are online and you can take them in your own time and in the comfort of your own home. There is no time limit per question, however once you start the test you need to complete them in one session. It helps to find a quiet place with no disturbances and make the most of the practice questions.

Video interview

After your application and testing scores have been reviewed you’ll be sent a link to a strengths-based video interview. Before you start, there will be a hints and tips video on the platform to watch to help you out and calm any nerves.

What is strengths-based interviewing?

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.

We know completing a video interview can be a daunting prospect, and therefore we have asked one of our current Police Now participants to give some hints and tips to help put you at ease.

Assessment Centre

Once you’ve been notified that your video interview has been successful, you’ll be able to book onto an assessment centre online. The assessment centres will be held in London but reasonable expenses will be paid for travel.

The centre features a number of different interactive exercises. Together, they are designed to reflect a ‘Day in the Life’ of a Police Officer.

You’ll complete an e-tray exercise that tests your ability to cope with an overload of information, requests and demands all coming your way at the same time. Next you’ll complete two further role-play exercises. Those that score successfully on the e-tray and role plays will have a final one-to-one competency interview at the end of the day.

If you feel like you would 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.

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. For those who receive a conditional offer, you will be allocated to your force and continue to vetting, medical and fitness testing.

For the medical and fitness testing you will travel to your force HQ. The day will be made up of two halves. 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.


The final stage of the 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. 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 a reference will be required.

Police Now was started inside the Metropolitan Police Service in 2015. In 2016, we became independent and expanded to work with seven partner police forces. Officers from our 2017 cohort have been posted to one of 19 partner police forces.

Our 2018 partners are:

  • Avon and Somerset Police
  • Bedfordshire Police
  • Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Dorset Police
  • Essex Police
  • Greater Manchester Police
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • Humberside Police
  • Merseyside Police
  • Metropolitan Police Service
  • Northumbria Police
  • Staffordshire Police
  • Sussex Police
  • Thames Valley Police
  • West Midlands Police
  • West Yorkshire Police