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 Detective 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 Detective 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. 


Do you have any further questions or need some guidance and support? See below.

Online assessment format




Hints and tips




Technical guidance




Further information and assistance




Do you need to chat to someone about the online assessment?


Our team will be happy to support you with any technical queries or guidance on completing the online assessment. You can either email us on [email protected] or chat to someone live from 10am-3pm Mon-Fri.


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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