What does the Police Now online assessment involve?


Police Now refuses to accept that where you’re born or where you live should affect your life chances. 


We are committed to transforming communities and we are looking for a diverse range of exceptional graduates to join us to become leaders on the frontline of policing.


The right people for the job will come from all backgrounds and walks of life. They will also have the right attributes to be successful in a challenging and constantly changing environment.  The online assessment has been designed to measure some of these key attributes that are important for success in the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme. 

It is split into two components:

1. Personality assessment

The personality assessment contains a series of questions to help understand your preferred style at work. 


2. A week on the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme

Based around situations that you might experience in the role, you will be asked to provide responses in relation to several scenario-based questions. For some questions you will be presented with multiple choice answers and be asked to choose the most effective and least effective option. Other questions will require a typed response and some require you to video your responses.

This assessment will take you approximately 60 minutes to complete and should be completed in one sitting. 

What will the personality assessment involve?


The personality assessment is designed to explore your behavioural preferences, focusing on those aspects that we think are vital to being successful in the role.

There is no perfect personality profile for these roles, but we are interested in the ways that you like to work and how that might fit with the demands of the programme and the role. Your preferences will be considered alongside the other information we are gathering about your skills and outlook.

You will be asked to work through a number of statements and to rate them in order of what is ‘Most Like Me’ to ‘Least Like Me’. You will have the opportunity to complete a practice question.

Tips for completing the personality assessment


There are no right or wrong answers as this is not an ability assessment.


This section is not timed but try not to dwell too long as initial impressions are best.


Think about how you would respond in a work-based environment, but this can include any relevant work experience, project groups or organised activities you have completed (including in an academic environment).


If you are unsure, choose the response that corresponds closest to how you feel.

What will the Week on the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme component involve?


Throughout this part of the assessment we will be asking questions that are designed to assess how well you are likely to perform as a neighbourhood police officer on the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme. The assessment has been developed by drawing upon real experiences and situations you are likely to face and takes you through events in a five-shift week of work in a busy station.

It will therefore give you a good insight into the hugely varied situations you might encounter in the role, and how these scenarios might link and unfold over time. While completing the questions you should imagine that you are on the National Graduate Leadership Programme and have been in role for 12 weeks.


You will be asked to respond to questions in three different ways: 

Scenario questions: you will be presented with a scenario and four possible courses of action. You must choose a “Most Effective” and “Least Effective” option relating to the scenario from the four statements provided. There is no time limit for responding to these questions. 

Written responses: you will be presented with a scenario and asked to type your responses to the question in a text box, within a recommended word limit. There is no time limit for responding to these questions. Make sure to complete your responses before selecting “Next” as you will be unable to return to this page again.

Video responses: you will be presented with a scenario and asked to record yourself answering the question. You will have up to two minutes of preparation time and up to three minutes to record your answer.


You will have the opportunity to complete two practice questions. The first one is designed to help you familiarise yourself with how to respond to the scenario questions. The second allows you to familiarise yourself with using the technology to video your response. Neither of these practice questions are scored

Tips for completing the week on the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme component


Read the question and possible responses carefully to ensure you understand what is being asked. Don’t assume any prior knowledge of the scenarios presented.


We are not assessing your technical knowledge of policing but this is your opportunity to show us why you would make a fantastic participant on our programme.


Take time before starting the assessment to research the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme, our values and our mission. We suggest you also consider your motivations for wanting to be part of our programme and why you think you would make a good neighbourhood police officer – the more you research, the more you’ll be able to convey your knowledge and passion for Police Now.


Please ensure you are in a quiet environment so that you can complete the assessment with no interruptions or distractions. Think about what will help you to feel confident and in the correct frame of mind – have a pen and paper to hand, have a clear and tidy environment around you.

How should I prepare for the video responses?


Part of the ‘week in the life’ will include recording responses to questions via a video. The content of the questions will relate to the scenarios presented and there is no preparation required beforehand.

You will have up to three minutes to review the question and prepare your response, after which time the video will start recording automatically. You will have up to three minutes to record your video.

Before the assessment begins, you will have the opportunity to answer a practice question to ensure that your system is set up correctly and to familiarise yourself with the format.

Tips for completing a video interview


We are interested in your initial reaction to the question, so you won’t be able to re-record your video responses. Use your two minutes of preparation time to think through your answer in advance.


Choose a place to complete the interview that is visually clear and without background noise, movement or other distractions. If you’re using a mobile phone, turn off any sounds and consider diverting calls and notifications.


Make sure you have a stable internet connection and ensure you are familiar with how the microphone and webcam work – remember you can use your mobile device, tablet or computer to complete the assessment.


It can be quite daunting talking to a camera instead of a person but it means we get to know you a lot better.

What if I require any reasonable adjustments?


We ask everyone to let us know about any additional adjustments that may be required on the application form, and we will address those circumstances on a case by case basis. However, as there are no time limits on the scenario and written questions, this assessment should be suitable for most candidates who need reasonable adjustments made on timed assessments.

If you think you may require other adjustments to be made, or if you have not already made us aware of adjustments needed on the application form, then please contact the Police Now Recruitment team on [email protected]. We would be very happy to discuss this further with you.


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.

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