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Special Constable Recruitment Process

1. Application Form
2. National Assessment Process
3. Fitness Test
4. Medical Assessment
5. Background and Security Checks

Stage 1 – Completion of Application Form

The first stage in the recruitment process requires you to complete an application form. Following attendance at a specials information evening, you will be sent link to complete an on-line application form. We will assess that you are eligible to become a Special Constable. You will also be assessed in the areas of Professionalism, and Working with Others. Your answers to the competency based questions will help us to decide whether you have the skills and experiences required to become a Special Constable.

Stage 2 - National Assessment Process

This stage of the selection process consists of three separate elements as follows:

  • Situational Judgement Test (based on common situations that you may come across as a Special Constable, you will need to rate responses on effectiveness);
  • Written Exercise (you will be required to write a report based on information provided and we will assess content, spelling and grammar);
  • Competency Based Interview (you will be assessed in four competency areas, based on your experiences of dealing with real life situations).

Each of the tests must be completed within set time constraints. Prior to the assessment process, candidates are provided with detailed information on each of the elements and how to prepare.

Stage 3 – Fitness Test

The Job Related Fitness Test is designed to test your endurance.

Commonly known as the bleep test, you will be asked to keep running between two points which are 15 metres apart. The speed you must run is dictated by a bleep, and the time allowed to run one shuttle will get shorter as the level increases.

You must reach Level 5.4 to pass.

How to Prepare:

  • Start running.
  • Run at a fast pace for 10 minutes, rather than a slow pace for 20 minutes.
  • Run at a pace where you find talking whilst running difficult.
  • Each workout - try to improve by a small amount, run that little bit further or that little bit faster.

How often should I train?

  • To make a real difference you should train for endurance 3 - 4 times a week.


  • Consult a medical practitioner prior to engaging in any strenuous physical exercise programme.

Stage 4 – Background Enquiries

It is necessary for us to perform security vetting checks in line with Home Office policy and we also take up references from both current and previous employers and education establishments to cover the last three years.

Stage 5 – Medical Assessment

The medical assessment stage of the recruitment process will require you to attend our Occupational Health Unit. You will be required to complete a medical questionnaire should you be provisionally offered an appointment. You will also have a full medical to confirm you are fit for duty as a Special Constable.

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