Found 25th Jun 2008
been fancying it for ages and my area is now recruiting, any pc's got any honest info on the job pros/cons etc and advice on the interviews and stuff? Cheers

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i wouldnt mind going into the police either... Chicks dig it im told. Wouldnt wanna be a PCSO though!

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DangerGod;2391018

i wouldnt mind going into the police either... Chicks dig it im told. … i wouldnt mind going into the police either... Chicks dig it im told. Wouldnt wanna be a PCSO though!



no chance, sh!te money, well up for a proper bobby tho, maybe ive been watching too much street crime uk on bravo lately dunno

you need to get really fit and practise verbal reasoning tests

If you prepared to go through the vetting process, go for it.

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warmapplepie;2391039

you need to get really fit and practise verbal reasoning tests



im the fittest ive ever been so that side is sorted

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Abvance;2391050

If you prepared to go through the vetting process, go for it.



elaborate on that, thats the sort of info im after, what the process is etc

dog_cop is in the force.

kungfu;2391065

elaborate on that, thats the sort of info im after, what the process is … elaborate on that, thats the sort of info im after, what the process is etc


your background and character is checked

Hi,i'm Stewart Copeland, how can I help?

you need to attend these recruitment video sessions and then they will pick 50 from that group.
This is then narrowed down to a few that attend the selection centres.

Theres Lots Of Pro's And Cons As You Will Be arresitng Them As And When

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warmapplepie;2391073

your background and character is checked



ive never even been arrested or anything dodgy so am not worried

frollickingfrill;2391076

Hi,i'm Stuart Copeland, how can I help?




I dont know who that is but any help would be sound, wondering what the process is from application to actual on the job, any interviews , tests, training etc

To be honest, I've heard there are quite a lot of cons involved. Pro's include getting a truncheon and a pension.

warmapplepie;2391088

you need to attend these recruitment video sessions and then they will … you need to attend these recruitment video sessions and then they will pick 50 from that group.This is then narrowed down to a few that attend the selection centres.



Im sorry when did you here about/do this, im currently going through the selection process now and im nearly done and that is just wrong.

i wanted to join the police

but OH said he would leave me if i did so i didnt bother,still call him selfish to this day for that!

good luck

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donnydude;2391101

To be honest, I've heard there are quite a lot of cons involved. Pro's … To be honest, I've heard there are quite a lot of cons involved. Pro's include getting a truncheon and a pension.



have heard the paperwork is obscene like

You will do psychometric tests and will visit to interview your family etc

police-information.co.uk/

and read the book Wasting Police Time by david Copperfield, as it is a very accurate portrayal of the modern day police service, then decide if you still want to join!

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cheers for help so far, finished work now so going home will be back on later to check for more replies!!

ive heard you complete an application form, then go thorugh a paper sift depending on your answers to the questions you may get an invite to a assessment centre where you do a english and mathematical paper. Then have a set of senarios where you get to be a customer services rep and then an interview. if you pass all the above and a medical/fitness then your in. They visit you at home to go through bits and pieces about your training schedule not to vet your family. however you need to put alot of your family details on the application form.

frollickingfrill;2391076

Hi,i'm Stuart Copeland, how can I help?



kungfu;2391098

I dont know who that is but any help would be sound, wondering what the … I dont know who that is but any help would be sound, wondering what the process is from application to actual on the job, any interviews , tests, training etc




You don't know who I am? I'm in the police. Do you want me to help you or not?

Stage One | Application Form
Complete initial application form and submit to your chosen force.

Stage Two | Paper Sift
Applications are checked to ensure you meet the basic criteria.

Stage Three | Assessment Centre
Day is split into 2 parts. Police Initial Recruitment Test (PIRT) and role plays / interviews.

Stage Four | Security/Background Checks
These take place during the next stages.

Stage Five | Medical
If successful you will be required to take a force Medical Examination.

Stage Six | Fitness
If successful you will be required to take a force Fitness Test.

Stage Seven | Enrolment
You will recieve your collar number and start date.


Stages 3 and 4 might be the other way round.

All police forces in England and Wales now follow a National Police Recruitment Process shown above.

Its all on the web, just dont look at any sites which havent been updated in 3 years.

frollickingfrill;2391194

You don't know who I am? I'm in the police. Do you want me to help you or … You don't know who I am? I'm in the police. Do you want me to help you or not?




what an attitude for a police officer, there again you say your in the police what capacity.......:?

Stuart Copeland is the drummer in the Police.... sheeesh!

I've just passed the Application form and I will be attending an Assessment centre later in the year

frollickingfrill;2391269

Stuart Copeland is the drummer in the Police.... sheeesh!



man that one went right over my dumb head......:whistling::p

ThePasty;2391112

Im sorry when did you here about/do this, im currently going through the … Im sorry when did you here about/do this, im currently going through the selection process now and im nearly done and that is just wrong.


I am right, You might be in an area that is not over subscribed, but where there is, you attend a session where you are shown a DVD and you are then invited to apply. Only those who attend can apply and this is then narrowed down to selection centres which may be twice a year.

I applied for the police about 12 months ago...I passed the application stage, just not the interview..I said the wrong things!

I still would love to be in the police, but enjoying my job at the mo! I may go for Special Constable for some experience and then decide from there whether to apply for full time and leave my job......:thinking:

Good career, Its a long process though:

paper sift (application), assessment centre (5 hour of testing on various things, ie, role plays, maths, english, interview) physical test, medical.

Make sure you do your homework when your filling in your form (application) and if you pass this you go on to the next stage

I am in North wales Police, I have worked response, then as a tutor and now as a trainer (not shoe type)
Pros, Most constables start on a reasonable wage which increases twice a year for 10 years. Many officers, myself included earn £50,000 a year. this included some overtime.
You get to lock up scumbags, great satisfaction catching the little %$&^*&*((
The pension for you will be 35 years, so if you were to start at 20, retire at 55 with a whopping lumps sum (£100k) and an excellent pension, and before anyone starts we pay a huge amount in each month to get this.

The cons - shifts, paperwork, abuse, lack of respect, lack of backup from courts and bosses.

There is loads of scope to specialise, CID, traffic, air support, special branch etc so you dont have to be stuck in one place doing the same thing.

In interview you will have to give examples of live situations you have been in and be expected to be asked in detail about these. If you need it I will ask my probationers what questions they were asked and let you know

Good luck

the questions are competency based to test your behaviour

warmapplepie;2391317

I am right, You might be in an area that is not over subscribed, but … I am right, You might be in an area that is not over subscribed, but where there is, you attend a session where you are shown a DVD and you are then invited to apply. Only those who attend can apply and this is then narrowed down to selection centres which may be twice a year.



Very well in that case i apologise, however i am in an area that is well over subscribed and all i had to do was phone up for an application. It did take me four hours to get through. Still, i passed the application stage with flying colours.

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frollickingfrill;2391194

You don't know who I am? I'm in the police. Do you want me to help you or … You don't know who I am? I'm in the police. Do you want me to help you or not?



if youre making a carp joke about the drummer in the band the police youve spelt stewart wrong thats why it failed :oops:

And thanks to everone for replies so far!

so you are telling me that you didn't understand the joke because I spelt Stewart/Stuart wrong

1 sec ...... look at link please, so have I spelt it wrong or not?

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yep, next.

ADZ1478;2391571

I am in North wales Police, I have worked response, then as a tutor and … I am in North wales Police, I have worked response, then as a tutor and now as a trainer (not shoe type)Pros, Most constables start on a reasonable wage which increases twice a year for 10 years. Many officers, myself included earn £50,000 a year. this included some overtime.You get to lock up scumbags, great satisfaction catching the little %$&^*&*((The pension for you will be 35 years, so if you were to start at 20, retire at 55 with a whopping lumps sum (£100k) and an excellent pension, and before anyone starts we pay a huge amount in each month to get this.The cons - shifts, paperwork, abuse, lack of respect, lack of backup from courts and bosses.There is loads of scope to specialise, CID, traffic, air support, special branch etc so you dont have to be stuck in one place doing the same thing. In interview you will have to give examples of live situations you have been in and be expected to be asked in detail about these. If you need it I will ask my probationers what questions they were asked and let you knowGood luck



Kool - I may be contacting you in the future because I will be attending an assessment centre later in the year :-D

£50,000 a year your kidding dude...looking at the national sites even for a top constable its only £33 after 10 years. you either must be a superintendant ot do shed loads of overtime....i smell a rat!!!

£33,500 basic, £1200 Special Priority payment, £1300 Competency related threshold payment, £2500 housing allowance (now phased out) Overtime (op safeguard & bank holiday working £1000 pcm (2-3 days a month of either) Because we work 10 hr shifts, we have 3 days off per week, so if we work one extra every other week we still have at least 2 days off each week - the overtime days are 13 hours at double time or £32 an hour) The govt havent got enough spaces for the crims, so they send them to us and we give them a taste of what a proper jail should be like, no playstations, tvs etc in the cell. no football pitch and no keys to their cells. Thanks to the govt, we now work for it, but get paid very well.
There were many others higher paid than this, a colleague of mine topped £55k
I was a manager of a building society (now a bank) prior to joining the police, believe me I would not have taken a paydrop.

Thanks for that clarification. Now thats serious money..maybe a move to north wales and an application for the police....LOL
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