Yeah it would me aswell, I got an invitation to the PIRT the day after they received my application! I was really surprised at that!
But I'm really not sure what is going on with yours, I would have thought they would have said if you hadn't got in already, there might be something hidden there...would expect it to take that long with the regulars application but not the Specials.
I've been watching this thread for a little while and need to give a little general advice to anyone
applying as I think both Jord89 and Spodeman31 might be looking for conspiracies where there are none. A couple of points I would ask you to consider:
1. We are in a large recruitment process at present. This is a seven stage process and we put groups of applications together to ensure we get enough successful candidates at the far end to form a new intake. The length of time you have to wait depends on whether you applied just before we start the process again from the start of whether you applied mid way through. At present, we are focusing on police initial recruitment tests, interviews and drugs/alcohol testing.
If you have been advised that we are still assessing your application that is precisely what is meant. No hidden agenda, no trick questions it's just that your application has yet to be fully screened. Some applications complete screening very quickly others can take some weeks. This depends entirely on your personal circumstances, amount of checking required and ease of completing the checks.
Although your application is clearly very important to you (very understandably) it will be one of several dozen at any point so I can only suggest some patience while the process completes the screening stage - otherwise you will end up winding yourself up into an unecessary panic which will not speed the process up at all.
2. Perhaps more importantly from my perspective I would ask you to think about the comment "would expect it to take that long with the regulars application but not the Specials." A couple of questions to consider:
a) What does this say about your perception of the role, its relationship to our regular colleagues and your approach to the application?
b) Given that a special constable has the same powers as a regular offficer, is subject to the same discipline code (and in our force ) the same opportunities, training, rank structure etc why would you expect an easier recruitment process?
It sounds as though you are both at the start of the process which is necessarily rigorous. You will receive updates from HR and learn of the outcome of your applications but at present I would recommend letting the process take its course for a couple of weeks
I wish you both good luck with your applications