Recruitment Process


Police Now is a programme conceived and developed by frontline officers. Every aspect of the programme – from training to recruitment – has been designed based on best practice and evidence from both within and beyond policing. As such, our recruitment process is both incredibly challenging and comprehensive in order to ensure that we are attracting the right candidates with the right motivations to fight crime and increase confidence in policing across the UK’s most challenged communities.

Online Application Form and Situational Judgement Test

The application form is the candidate’s first opportunity to tell us about him/herself.

The situational judgement test gives candidates valuable insight into working as a police officer. Here they are asked to consider hypothetical, challenging situations that they might encounter and have a choice of possible responses.

Online Numerical and Verbal Testing

Candidates are sent a link to take adaptive numerical and verbal tests. They have a couple of days to complete them. The tests adapt to the candidate’s ability and are time monitored not time assessed.

Video interview

After the application and testing scores have been reviewed, successful candidates will be sent a link to a strengths-based video interview.

What is strengths-based interviewing?

This is a fast-paced way of assessing their true potential. We’re keen to see if the candidates can sustain exceptional performance in a demanding role with genuine motivation and energy for what they do.

Assessment Centre

Once candidates have successfully completed the video interview, they are invited to participate in the Police Now Assessment Centre.

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

Candidates complete an e-tray exercise that tests their ability to cope with an overload of information, requests and demands all coming their way at the same time. Next they 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.

Vetting, Medical and Fitness

For the medical and fitness testing, candidates will travel to your force. They will complete the standard force fitness test, substance misuse testing and a medical evaluation to ensure they are fit for the role.


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.

Police Now expects to receive a high volume of applications for limited places in each of our partner force areas. It is necessary to set eligibility criteria to ensure that candidates meet the national standard of requirements to become a police officer.

In brief, candidates will need to:

  • be between the ages of 18-57 on application
  • have lived in the UK for the last three years
  • have indefinite leave to remain and work in the UK
  • be working towards or have achieved a 2:1 at undergraduate degree level or non-UK equivalent
  • have received a GCSE grade C or above in English language and be fluent in the written and spoken word

At various stages during the recruitment and selection process we will look for evidence of eight behavioural capabilities.

  • Innovation – Developing innovative, evidence based solutions to community problems
  • Leadership – Making local change happen and bringing people along with the change
  • Communicating with Impact – Conveying messages and interacting effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Public Service – Building effective relationships externally with the public and internally with stakeholders to support the proactive community work being delivered
  • Collaboration – Developing effective relationships internally and externally to support proactive community work being delivered
  • Delivering Results – Managing the implementation of quality solutions in line with plans and priorities
  • Managing Yourself – Showing persistence, resilience and self-management across all work situations
  • Motivation and Commitment to Police Now – Motivated and committed to policing and the Police Now mission

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

For further information on Police Now, or if you want to find out how to sign up your force to the programme, please contact the team at