If you pass the Initial Selection Test and meet the Education Eligibility Criteria, you will be given an appointment to attend an Assessment Centre.
Please note that if you are invited to attend an Assessment Centre you will be given specific instructions on certain documentation (including Photographic ID) that you will be required to bring with you. Please follow all instructions carefully.
The Assessment Centre consists of a number of different exercises (including written exercises and role plays). You will be tested against the Competency Values Framework (CVF) for Policing Professionals* in a simulated policing environment. The Assessment Centre may also include a re-test of the IST and a check on your computer literacy.
In preparation for your Assessment Centre you should study the information provided by the College of Policing in relation to the CVF. Think about how you will demonstrate these values and behaviours to assessors at your Assessment Centre. (Please note that your assessment will measure against Level 1 - Practitioner Level of the CVF).
For further general information on the Competency Values Framework, please visit the College of Policing's website:
More detailed information outlining the key elements of the CVF against which you will be assessed are included via the following link. The information includes a list of behaviours which you should aspire to and demonstrate during your Assessment Centre:
While preparing focus your attention on this document as follows:
- CVF Values: Pages 5-6
- CVF Clusters / Competencies: Pages 7-18
At the Assessment Centre, professional assessors and lay assessors will assess you for defined values and behaviours during exercises. They will independently mark and then agree your rating for the exercise being examined. Their decision is final.
How to prepare for the Assessment Centre
Before the session
Please note: The Police Service of Northern Ireland selection process (including the Assessment Centre) is a bespoke design which is delivered by and copyright to Deloitte. Please be cautious of unofficial training providers engaged in tutoring potential applicants on elements of the process. These training providers are not endorsed. N.B. no one outside of the Deloitte design team has the appropriate knowledge to help applicants prepare.
At the session
Assessment Centre Scheduling
The Assessment Centres are held in locations in and around Belfast. The majority of sessions are held during weekdays and consist of morning and afternoon sessions. Exact details of the location of your appointment will be emailed by close of business on the Friday of the week before your appointment.
Rescheduling Assessment Centres
Given the large number of candidates it will not always be possible to reschedule allocated appointments. If you cannot make the appointment you have initially been scheduled to, you should contact the Recruitment Team immediately via email@example.com to enquire if an alternative slot is available. However, please be aware that there may not always be any free slots to accommodate your request.
*Source: College of Policing Ltd
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