National Graduate Leadership Programme

Community engagement

Community engagement

Are you a good communicator? Can you honour your own values in challenging situations while respecting the values of others? Are you able to see through situations to the heart of the matter? Can you gain trust with people from all walks of life?

As a visible leader in your community, the effectiveness of your work is built on your ability to listen and communicate well, and to develop trust, understanding and ultimately, relationships with people.  Can you make good decisions on the fly which reflect your values and objectives? If so, you have what it takes to work in communities challenged by crime.

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What are we looking for?

The cornerstone of Police Now’s mission is to build confidence in communities challenged by crime. Whether you’re speaking to a victim or perpetrator of crime, a disgruntled member of the public, or the children you see everyday – you’ll be a visible and reliable presence in the community day to day. Can you take into account others’ experiences and create situations which foster positive change?  

This exercise is an opportunity to experience what the neighbourhood police officer role is like on the ground.  We’re interested in how you use your communication and problem solving skills in a range of community interactions.

The role is about expecting the unexpected, about your ability to adapt and build positive rapport with others.  We look at how you bring your life experiences to bear in creating a safe, positive, trusted space for the public.

What you can expect

Expect to be challenged. It’s not all plain sailing working inside of  communities made up of people from a wide diversity of backgrounds and experiences.  Community relations are of utmost priority and these relationships shift all of the time, moment to moment.  As a neighbourhood police officer, not everyone will agree with you and many will challenge your perceptions.

We’re interested in how you respond in new and challenging situations, your ability to build a positive rapport and how you reflect, self-assess and learn through experience.

Remember, there are no right and wrong answers.  This isn’t a traditional ‘test’ of knowledge. These exercises are structured to see how you think, react and respond in the kind of real world community challenges as a neighbourhood officer building relationships with a community. Again be prepared to deal with the unexpected and remain resilient.

You will have two interactions during your assessment centre where you will engage with actors playing members of the community.  These experiences are unique and one we want you to enjoy engaging in.  You’ll be given a short brief before entering a scenario, so take note and be prepared.  Most importantly, be yourself.  Think of how you’ll go into each new scenario with a positive approach and how you’ll bring each situation to an end, leaving the community members feeling that their voice matters.

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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