Stage One - the Written Application
On receipt of your application form we will verify that you meet the minimum criteria to become a Special Constable. (Please read the application form guidance notes before making your application).
Stage Two - Assessment Process
The assessment process will determine whether you have what it takes to become a Special Constable.
You will receive an information pack around two weeks before your assessment. This will contain all the information you need to prepare for the process.
At the assessment process you will undertake:
- a 20 minute Structured Interview You will be asked four questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past.
- a 20 minute written exercise. You will be required to write a report in relation to the exercise materials provided.
- a 65 minute situational judgement test. You will be asked 50 questions. A scenario will be outlined for you and you will be asked to pick the most effective (best) and/or least effective (worst) response from the options given.
If you are unsuccessful you will need to wait six months before you can sit the assessment process again.
Stage Three - Medical
Once you have passed the assessment process, you will be asked to attend a comprehensive medical assessment.
This is conducted at Police HQ by the occupational health physician. You will be examined and assessed against a set of national police standards to establish that you have the level of health that is required by a Special Constable.
The assessment is thorough and includes checks of:
- lung function
- blood pressure
- body mass index (BMI)*
- pre-employment drugs screening
If you have a particular condition and would like to check whether it would prevent you from becoming a police officer, contact the recruitment team.
Stage Four - Acceptance
Finally, once you have passed all stages of the recruitment process and we have received vetting clearance, we will send you an offer of a place on the Special Constabulary training programme.
Taken from the Staffordshire Police Recruitment Website - 17th September 2011.