digital assessment centre

Welcome to Ashview:
Police Now’s virtual neighbourhood

What does it mean to be a Trainee Detective Constable? What’s involved in the day-to-day role? What traits will you need to drive positive change?

Ashview is a community created entirely to provide you with a unique and fully immersive experience of life as a Trainee Detective Constable. You won’t find Ashview on Google Maps, but you’ll get to experience our virtual neighbourhood first-hand as you take on the role of a Trainee Detective Constable during your National Detective Programme assessment centre experience.

This is your chance to see what day-to-day life as a Trainee Detective Constable is all about, and to decide whether this role and the Police Now National Detective Programme is really is for you.

You’ll get a snapshot of the role you can play in bringing about positive impact and change for vulnerable communities, as you experience a series of scenarios designed to give you the chance to showcase your character, attitude and aptitude for policing.

You should expect to be challenged and inspired in equal measure, but whatever your background and previous experience you will be supported every step of the way. At the end of the experience you’ll have a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities involved in the role of a Trainee Detective Constable.

What to expect?

There will be different types of activity involved in your assessment centre experience, all designed to give you a unique insight into the role you have applied for while gaining valuable feedback on your performance.

Throughout the event, you’ll oversee prioritising and managing your own time. Some tasks you’ll be able to prepare for, and some are designed to see your natural reactions when dealing with the unexpected. You’ll also have an opportunity to find out more about the programme and have your questions answered.

What we’re looking for

Larry Brown | Trainee Detective Constable
Larry Brown | Trainee Detective Constable

This is our opportunity to see what really makes you tick. It’s not a test of policing knowledge. We’re interested in how you think and respond to new and challenging situations. 

We want to see how you react in different scenarios, and your ability to reflect and learn from your experiences throughout the event.

We’ll be looking at how you think in response to the challenges you’ll face, and how you respond in a fast-moving and ever-changing environment. We’ll also look at how you work collaboratively, your ability to interpret emotions, and how you learn and adapt throughout the event.

Remember, there are no right or wrong answers. This is not a test of your current knowledge. We are looking for your potential to become a Trainee Detective Constable by giving you the opportunity to experience what the role involves.

To ensure we recruit outstanding graduates who will thrive in their policing role, you’ll be assessed to ensure you are aligned with Police Now’s mission, competencies and values. Make sure you have spent time reading about the competencies and values you will be assessed against.

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 ahead of your assessment centre

We’ve put together a range of hints and tips to assist you in experiencing your digital assessment centre event.

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 your outcome, and you will also receive feedback on your performance in the assessment centre 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 participating in our digital assessment centre. Please feel free to get in touch with us.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Police Now | Devon & Cornwall Constabulary

Shaun Sawyer

Chief Constable

National Graduate Leadership Programme

National Detective Programme

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