National Graduate Leadership Programme

Changing the story

Changing the Story interview

Do you want to change the world? Are you ready to bring your unique life experiences into a career that has the potential to make a real and lasting impact on society? Do you believe that everyone, no matter their circumstance, has the right to live in a safe community?

The cornerstone of our mission is to recruit and train neighbourhood officers as diverse as the communities they serve.

Police Now neighbourhood police officers come from a range of backgrounds with diverse experiences and ways of thinking. All of our neighbourhood officers are different and they all contribute to this mission in their own unique way.

Other activities at the Digital Assessment Centre:

What are we looking for?

The Change the Story portion of your digital assessment centre is your chance to show us who you are. What is it about you, your life experience and your vision for the future that motivates you to become a Police Now Neighbourhood officer?

We’re interested in how your personal motivations connect with the Police Now mission, how this drives your responses in typical neighbourhood policing scenarios, and ultimately what motivates you to want to have a positive impact in vulnerable communities.

We also want to know what strengths and skills you’ve developed that you feel would support your work. It’s important that you know why the Police Now programme is right for you. It’s also important that you understand that as a participant on the Police Now programme, you’ll have additional requirements to complete on top of your day to day role. Click here to find more about how the programme works.

We’ll also present you with a range of scenarios and ask your thoughts and how you’d respond. Again, there are no wrong answers. We’re looking for your unique perspective and insights and how you think. Take your time and be your unique self.

What you can expect

Expect to communicate.This exercise is a one-to-one interview with a Police Now assessor.

It’s not a test: we want you to be yourself and speak honestly about your beliefs and motivations for joining Police Now.  Back up your thoughts with specific examples you’ve observed or experienced.

Remember, every one of our neighbourhood officers is different and they each bring something unique and important to the Police Now mission to improve life and raise confidence in policing in communities impacted by crime. As a part of your pre-assessment centre information you will also receive some more information to help you think about the impact you are looking to make. Spend time looking at our Impact and Insights Reports here to help you prepare.

This is a individual interview that will last approximately forty minutes.You’ll be asked about why you want to join Police Now and why you’re motivated to work in communities challenged by crime. You’ll also be asked about the strengths and skills you have that would make a positive impact in the role.  Then you’ll be given a range of situations and asked how you’d respond.  You’ll be allowed to bring notes into the assessment, but remember to keep them brief. Relax, show your true colours and enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate what would make you a good  neighbourhood police officer on the Police Now programme.

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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