National Graduate Leadership Programme

Assessing your impact

Assessing your impact

Do you learn from challenges? Are you able to process your own experiences, reflect on them and learn new approaches? Can you adapt in the face of this new understanding to create positive and lasting change?

As a neighbourhood police officer every day is different. You’ll face new and challenging situations all the time. It’s also important to remember that you won’t get everything right all of the time.

A crucial part of the job is your ability to assess your own performance each day, to adapt it and to be able to communicate this with others. You’ll look at how you can improve and learn from your experiences, building your knowledge and experience throughout your career.

Other activities at the Digital Assessment Centre:

What are we looking for?

This is your chance to reflect on the experiences you’ve had throughout your assessment day. We want you to keep notes of how you honestly assess your performance, what you’ve learned and particularly, what your mistakes have led you to understand.

We’re interested in your ability to be self critical, to draw positive lessons from the situations you experience and to see how you can use your experiences to improve and develop your own knowledge.

Here are some questions you may ask of yourself:

What you can expect

Expect to reflect on your day. You’ll be put in a number of unfamiliar situations and your assessment centre experience will be mentally and emotionally challenging. It’s important you know how to decompress, organise your thoughts and process your emotions.

Following each of your community engagement exercises, you’ll have an opportunity to reflect and discuss verbally how the interactions went and what you took away from the experience.

In addition, at the end of the assessment centre, you’ll have time for reflection and regrouping around what you’ve learned to form new approaches as you are asked to complete a written reflective journal. This is an opportunity to decompress, gather your thoughts and process your emotions.

Do take notes, and take the time to reflect on your experience, what works, what doesn’t and what you might do differently in the future to change the story.

Extra support

Do you feel you need extra support or any reasonable adjustments? Get in touch with our team.

We value your unique background and experiences. This may mean you will need extra support or reasonable adjustments to help you in your assessment centre experience. You’ll have full access to our selection team who can support your journey, so please make sure to discuss anything on your mind prior to the day.

What you need to know for the day

We've put together a range of hints and tips to assist you in experiencing your digital assessment centre day. We also encourage you to sign-up to one of our digital assessment centre information sessions.

What will happen afterwards?

We’ll be in touch again within two weeks to let you know the outcome and you will also receive feedback on your performance in the assessment at this time.

Do you need to chat to someone about the digital assessment centre?

Our team will be happy to support you with any technical queries or guidance on completing the online assessment.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Police Now | Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

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