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Further Information

Stage 1: Register your interest

When recruitment is open you will register your interest and complete our online eligibility form. This section checks your eligibility in line with our recruitment standards and will advise you immediately after the questionnaire if you meet the required standard.

Should a candidate be 'referred' at this stage for an eligibility review then a member of the recruitment team will contact them within one week of the closing date to advise them of the outcome of their review.

Stage 2: Application Form

Once the eligibility stage has closed, all candidates who have met the required standard will be invited to fill in an application form. This requires the candidate to answer 3 Competency based questions.

Once these have been reviewed, the candidates who have met the required standard will be notified within 4 weeks and be invited into a SEARCH assessment centre in February, March or May 2018.

Stage 3: The Assessment Centre

At the Assessment Centre, assessors will evaluate a candidates 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.

All candidates will also need to demonstrate competence in written communication. Candidates 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 to candidates at least two weeks before the date of your Assessment.

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

Stage 4: Fitness test and Medical assessment

For further details of the Fitness test please refer 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/Integrity checks, if applicable.

Police Officer Recruitment follows a national model which Avon and Somerset Constabulary have reviewed and have decided to follow the 50% pass mark at SEARCH Assessment Centre of 50% in all four areas of Overall, Working with Others, Written and Oral Communication.

If you have taken a SEARCH Assessment within the last year, either with our Constabulary or any other Home Office Constabulary, and have 50% and above in all four areas, there is no need for you to fill in the Eligibility Registration.

Send a copy of your Application Form and SEARCH Assessment Report to by 5pm on 18 December 2017.

Related documents

  • PDF icon Vetting Process
    Last updated: 23 December 2016