The first part of the process asks questions to determine if you are eligible to apply. (see eligibility criteria below) If you are eligible, you will be guided through the application process. First, there will be some online tests. These will include an online Behavioural Style Questionnaire and a Situational Judgement Test. You can find out more about these tests in these guidance documents:
If you do not have a Level 3 qualification or above, you must also successfully pass a psychometric test (Verbal Reasoning and Calculation). This will test your academic ability to Level 3. If you pass these tests, you will move on to complete the online form. Eligibility criteria:
- Be aged 17 years or over (will only be appointed at the age of 18)
- Have lived in the UK for three continuous years, immediately prior to application.
- Have leave to enter or leave to remain in the UK for an indefinite period. N.B You will need to provide proof of this when completing your application. Not be a member of the British National Party (BNP) plus other organisations such as Combat 18 or The National Front.
- Not have any tattoos that could cause offence. Tattoos on the neck, face or hands are deemed to be unacceptable but consideration may be given in some circumstances considering the size, nature and prominence of the tattoo. – Existing tattoos will be screened for eligibility and if candidates choose to have any additional tattoos during the recruitment process, after passing eligibility checks, the onus is on them to advise HR and provide appropriate photographs which will need to be checked.
- Not have a criminal record or conviction which is incompatible with the role – please see eligibility criteria.
- Must provide a certificate for a level 3 or higher qualification – Click here for level 3 qualifications list . If you do not have a Level 3 qualification or above you must also successfully pass a verbal reason and calculation test. This will test your academic ability to Level 3
Virtual Assessment Centre Click here to view a Candidate journey for the Virtual Assessment centre – Assessment Centre UPDATE Due to COVID 19 an online assessment process will be used until further notice. Information on this assessment process can be found Online candidate guidance The new process will enable rapid recruitment without face-to-face contact while social distancing measures are required. It will also enable secure online assessment to be part of an efficient and user-friendly candidate journey in the future. The online assessment process: The online assessment process consists of a three-stage approach designed for the efficient assessment and recruitment of police constables. The three stages are: Stage 1 – Situational judgement test (SJT) This test measures your ability to choose the appropriate action in situations similar to those you are likely to face as a police constable. This test will measure your judgement and ability to make effective decisions against the Competency and Values Framework for Policing. South Wales Police uses our own shortlisting tools so if you are invited to take part in the online assessment centre you will start the process at STAGE 2. Stage 2 – Competency-based interview You will be asked a series of questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past. This is your opportunity to provide some examples of the key competencies and values that are important for police constables. You can use examples from both your work and your personal life. If you have completed stage 1, you will be required to take stage 2 immediately upon completion. Stage 3 – Written assessment and briefing exercise Stage 3a – Written assessment In this exercise, you will assume the role of a police constable and will have to complete an urgent written task for your line manager. You will receive four items of information to help you with this task. Stage 3b – Briefing exercise In this exercise, you will assume the role of a police constable and will have responsibility for dealing with some issues presented to you. You will be tasked with providing a response to a number of questions in relation to this issue. You will be provided with preparation materials to consider your answer. Please note that you will receive and be able to take stages 3a and 3b separately You must pass all stages in the Virtual Assessment centre in order to continuing with the remainder of the recruitment process. Recruitment Checks Fitness Test
- Policing can be physically demanding, so you will need to be in good physical condition to pass the fitness test. As part of your assessment, you will be tested to ensure your fitness levels are high enough. It is a thorough test, but don’t worry, it’s not about being super fit. We only want to make sure you would be physically able to carry out your duties. If you don’t meet the standard first time around, you can take the test again up to a maximum of three times, with six weeks in between each attempt in order for you to develop and improve. You will also be required to attend a pre-appointment fitness test approximately 6 weeks prior to the anticipated appointment date and you must pass this to progress your application.
- The importance of honesty and integrity is made clear throughout our application process. Officers are subject to the Standards of Professional Behaviour, which clearly set out what communities can expect from their officers. You MUST declare all convictions for past offences, formal cautions (including as a juvenile) and any bind-over imposed by the courts. You should also include all traffic convections. Due to the nature of policing, it’s essential that we conduct rigorous vetting checks on successful applicants before they can join the program. Click here to find out more.
- Due to the nature of Police work, good health and fitness is paramount. However, applications are welcome from people with disabilities and every effort will be made to make reasonable adjustments if required. If you are Successful at the Assessment Centre you will complete a medical questionnaire and undertake a medical examination. There are certain medical conditions and disorders that may have a detrimental effect on your ability to conduct the role effectively; each case will be considered carefully as part of the medical process.
- Body Mass Index (BMI) – If your application is successful, your weight range will be assessed during a medical assessment. The healthy weight range is based on a measurement known as your body mass index (BMI). This can be determined if you know your weight and your height. The actual calculation is your weight (in kilograms) divided by your height (in metres squared). Guidance and easy to use charts on how to calculate your BMI can be found on the NHS website. The NHS advises that a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 suggest a normal healthy weight. This means your body is not at risk of weight-related disease. The Home Office sets BMI standards for police officers. The current Home Office circular 59/2004 outlines this as between 18 and 30. Applicants who do not meet this standard may find their application delayed and / or will not be appointed. Police Officer applicants with a BMI over 32 will not be considered fit unless their body fat percentage is less than 30% for men or 36% for women.
Drugs test and biometric vetting
- You will also be asked to undertake a drugs test and provide information about any medication you may be taking. If you should fail the drugs test you will not be offered a position with South Wales Police. Any internal candidates who fail a drugs test will have their offer withdrawn and the results from the drugs test may be used in accordance with the South Wales Police Staff Discipline Police and Police Staff Code of Conduct. Legislation has been introduced that requires applicants to undergo biometric vetting. Please refer to NPIA Circular 2/2019 which can be viewed on College of Policing website. This means we will be asking you to sign a consent form to take your fingerprints and a sample of your DNA for the purposes of a speculative search and for your fingerprints and DNA profile to be retained on the Police Elimination Database (PEDb). The purpose of obtaining fingerprints and DNA samples is to allow a speculative search to be made against the local and national databases prior to your appointment to the police force. This is to ensure that you have not previously come to adverse police attention, which you have not informed us of, and that you are not linked to any outstanding crime scenes. We will ask you to take these tests after we have we have successfully completed all your background checks.
PCDA (Police Constable Degree Apprentiship)
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- Annual Leave of 22 days (increasing with length of service), plus bank holidays or time in lieu.
- Police pension.
- Childcare Vouchers scheme – which can be used to pay for approved childcare providers.
- Enhanced Maternity, Paternity and Adoption pay.
- Assistance in gaining professional policing qualifications.
- Support and advice from Occupational Health and access to a range of wellbeing services.
- Support and advice from our Staff Associations and Support Networks which include: Female Police Association, LGBT Network, Black Police Association, Christian Police Association, Ability Support Network, Police Federation, Unison, GMB.
- Access to subsidised gyms – throughout force area.
- Cycle to work scheme.
- Training, development and promotion opportunities within an organisation, which values continued professional development.
- Lifestyle and organisational discounts, which include travel, financial products, an eye care scheme and many more.
The first six months of police training will be classroom based. Police officers and police staff trainers will deliver the course at a police-training establishment in Bridgend. This is a non-residential course designed to help maximise learning potential both academically and practically and start developing operational policing skills. The classroom syllabus is based on the curriculum developed by the College of Policing, which covers all areas required for the role of a Police Constable. Various E-learning packages alongside fitness, first aid and personal safety training will also be undertaken. At various stages of the course, student constables will need to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge through informal and formal assessment processes. This will include multiple choice examinations, assignments and practical assessments. Constables are always expected to display the appropriate behaviour and attitude during their training in line with the police service’s Code of Ethics. Following the successful completion of year one officers will commence a period of tutoring at an operational police station with a qualified tutor. Successful completion of the tutor phase will allow student constables to be placed on independent patrol. In years two and three, whilst working in an operational environment, student constables on the apprenticeship will be working towards achieving a degree in Professional Policing Practice whilst Degree holder student constables will be working towards achieving a Graduate Certificate in Professional Policing. Recruits on both programmes will be required to complete an occupational competency portfolio during their probationary period, and will be required to complete a level of private study, outside of working hours.