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Immersive assessment

What does the Police Now immersive assessment involve?

Our brand new immersive assessment has been designed to measure some of these key attributes that are important for success when on the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme. It is split into several components: cognitive, motivational and personality.

We want you to experience what the role of a neighbourhood police officer is like and the variety of people and spaces you may work in and with. It is an opportunity for you to learn more about the role and build your awareness of the types of issues and challenges neighbourhoods face. Once you receive the link, you will have seven days to complete.

Tips for completing the immersive assessment

Take your time

Read all instructions and questions carefully. However, we recommend that you don’t think about your answers for too long, as it’s usually most effective to read the question and go with your first response.


Before starting the assessment we recommend that you read the job description and research Police Now, our mission, competencies and values.

Get in the zone

Check your technology before starting and find a quiet place to complete the assessment with minimal distractions.
The more present and involved you can be in the assessment, the more you’ll enjoy it, perform at your best, and take learnings from it.

Further information and assistance

What if I require any adjustments?

The assessment has been designed from the outset with adjustments in mind that will enable you to perform at your best.

The immersive assessment can be completed on a desktop or mobile device, so you should be able to access any software or platform you may use for support as required.

We recommend trying our practice session, and if your circumstances mean you feel you are unable to complete the assessment in the format currently provided you can reach out to our recruitment team to discuss alternative assessment provision, or require any further adjustments to be made, please contact the Recruitment team to discuss in confidence.

Do you need to chat to our Recruitment team about the immersive assessment?

Our team will be happy to support you with any technical queries or guidance on completing the immersive assessment.

Immersive assessment FAQs

Why do we use an immersive assessment as part of the recruitment and selection process?

We want you to experience what it is like to be as a neighbourhood police officer and for you to share with us your unique background and perspective that you can apply to the role.

How long will the immersive assessment take?

The assessment is not timed and should take you approximately 45 minutes. You’ll be able to take breaks in between sections, should you need to. Before you begin, you will navigate through a practice session which will allow you to get comfortable with the format before starting the actual assessment. This should take you around 10 minutes.

How should I prepare?

There is a practice session to try out each of the different question types before you start. In addition, there is a handbook shared with candidates via email once invited to complete the assessment to help you prepare. Our Recruitment team are available should you have any questions about the assessment, they can also discuss adjustments with you to make sure you have the right support in place.

Will I receive feedback?

All candidates will receive a personalised feedback report once they have completed the assessment, regardless of the outcome. It will show the areas of the assessment you performed well in, as well as areas of improvement. You can use this to aid you at the assessment centre stage or if you apply to Police Now again in the future.

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