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PC Recruitment 2016/17

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SWP will have a number of vacancies for police constables during 2016/2017. Applications are invited from those who currently possess a valid Certificate in the Knowledge of Policing, obtained in the last 3 years, or an approved equivalent (as at 18 April 2016). Details of the CKP qualification must be submitted with any applications for verification and will not be progressed without it. Re-joiners and existing police officers are not eligible to apply for this process. They must wait for a transferee or re-joiner process (please note we dont have a transferee or re-joiner process scheduled for the foreseeable future.)

In addition to the CKP qualification, candidates must also possess a valid pass in the SWP devised exam (MCQ) which further tests the Pre-Join curriculum. Candidates are required to have achieved at least 60% in the MCQ exam, within the last 18 months, before being eligible to progress in the recruitment process.

Candidates are also required to provide evidence on their application form that they have already passed the fitness test run by SWP between January and March 2016 and provide their Unique Reference Number (URN.)

Any applicants who do not meet the 3 criteria above will not be considered.

When submitting the application form please scan the CKP certificate and email to the HR-RECRUITMENT INBOX. Candidates still awaiting their CKP certificate should instead email confirmation that they have achieved the CKP qualification (in the form of a confirmation letter or email from their CKP provider including the date the qualification was achieved and the expected arrival date of the certificate). Upon receipt, the CKP certificate should be emailed to the HR Recruitment inbox for validation. (HR-Recruitment@south-wales.pnn.police.uk).

Upon receipt of the application HR will send a hard copy of a candidate registration form. Candidates must ensure that they complete and return the form in accordance with the dates indicated on the accompanying letter. Please note that we will not be able to process any application without receipt of this form signed by each candidate

Please see the following link for further information regarding the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing:


Applicants successful at the application stage will be invited to sit a pre assessment selection of psychometric tests prior to the Assessment Centre (AC). Numbers at the AC are restricted therefore only top scorers will be invited to attend. The assessment centre is scheduled to be week commencing 20 June 2016. There are no alternative dates available.

Please note that the assessment centre is part of the national recruitment standards set by the Collegeof Policing. Information in relation to the assessment process and frequently asked questions can be found on the South Wales Police website http://www.south-wales.police.uk/en/join-us/police-constable-recruitment/

Applicants who request reasonable adjustment for dyslexia related issues need to ensure that they have a full report, written by a psychologist, that has been completed since they were 16, as the College of Policing will not grant extra time at Assessment Centre without this. (Further information can be found using the following link- specifically section 8.)


If you would like to become a police officer and consider that you have the required skills and abilities, you should complete the CKP version of the application form which is available from the HR Recruitment vacancy page https://eservices.south-wales.police.uk/Jobs/Jobs/Default.aspx from Monday 11th April 2016. This should be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 18th April 2016. Late applications will not be considered. There are guidance notes containing detailed information in relation to the completion of the form linked to the application form which applicants are required to read thoroughly before submitting their form.

For any individual who declares that they have the ability to communicate in an additional language to English at B1 level or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (against the SWP prescribed list of languages) they will be invited to attend a further assessment of the additional language, if successful at assessment centre. If successful at this further assessment, their assessment centre score will be uplifted to incorporate the additional language ability.

Every prospective police officer is required to have their fingerprints and a DNA sample taken in accordance with Police Regulations. The purpose of obtaining fingerprints and DNA samples is to allow for a speculative search to be made against the local and national databases prior to appointment to the police force.

Please note that if you have made an application to become a police officer in the last 6 months, either to this Force or another, then under Home Office guidelines, you will not be eligible to apply on this occasion. If, unfortunately, you do not pass the initial application stage, we will notify you by post. Remember, if you are unsuccessful you will not be able to re-apply for a period of 6 months. The 6 month rule is to facilitate development of the candidate and will include:

· Failure at shortlist (Competency Based Questionnaire) or CBQ

· Failure at the psychometric tests (Pre-assessment Tool)

· Failure at the Assessment Centre

South Wales Police pay particular attention to areas that require development such as the competency section of the application form and the assessment centre. Please note the CBQ element does not apply to applicants holding a valid CKP. Any enquiries in relation to this recruitment campaign should be directed in the first instance to the HR Recruitment inbox HR-RECRUITMENT@south-wales.pnn.police.uk or contact 01656 305871.

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Has anyone been asked if they want to carry over the score from last year? And therefore not sit the assessment again.

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