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The recruitment process

Stage 1: Register your interest

When recruitment is open, you will complete our online eligibility form. This section checks your eligibility in line with our recruitment standards. You will be advised immediately after the questionnaire if you meet the required standard.

If you are 'referred' at this stage for an eligibility review, then a member of the recruitment team will contact you within one week of the closing date to advise you of the outcome of your review.

Stage 2: Application Form

Once the eligibility stage has closed, if you have met the required standard you will be invited to fill in an application form and answer three competency based questions.

You will be notified within four weeks whether you have met the required standard for the application and questions section. You will then be invited into a SEARCH assessment centre which may take place in an assessment centre outside of Avon and Somerset Constabulary boundaries.

Stage 3: The Assessment Centre

At the assessment centre, assessors will evaluate your performance in exercises which relate to specific competency areas relevant to the role.

Information from all the exercises are used to produce the final results.

The assessment exercises include:

  • a competency based structured interview with four questions, lasting 23 minutes in total
  • a numerical ability test lasting 23 minutes
  • a verbal ability test lasting 30 minutes
  • four interactive exercises lasting 10 minutes each

You will also need to demonstrate competence in written communication. You will sit two written exercises, each lasting for approximately 30 minutes.

The assessment centre lasts approximately half a day.

All relevant information will be sent out at least two weeks before the date of your assessment.

For further information and familiarisation material, visit College of Policing - Recruit Assessment Centre for Police Constables.

Stage 4: Fitness test and medical assessment

For further details of the fitness test, go to the fitness test page.

The medical assessment will be carried out by the Force Occupational Health Nurses and this will include checking your:

  • eyesight
  • hearing
  • BMI
  • blood pressure
  • lung function
  • colour vision

You will also be asked to complete a confidential medical history questionnaire.

Stage 5: Recruitment process checks

This includes vetting and background checks, biometric vetting (which consist of taking DNA and fingerprint samples) and professional standard and integrity checks, if applicable.

Police Officer Recruitment is open and will close at midday on Wednesday 27th June.