Assessment Centre

Date published: 23 August 2019 14:09

Stage Three - Assessment Centre

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be invited to attend a National SEARCH (Structured Entrance Assessment for Recruiting Constables Holistically) Assessment Centre.  These are generally held at College of Policing at either Durham or Ryton.

The Assessment Centre consists of:

  • a competency-based structured interview with four questions, lasting 20 minutes in total
  • a numerical ability test lasting 25 minutes
  • a verbal ability test lasting 30 minutes
  • four interactive exercises lasting 10 minutes each
  • two written exercises lasting 30 minutes each

These exercises are designed to test your ability to think on your feet, make quick decisions based on sound judgement and also measure your basic numeracy and literacy standards.  You will be required to bring two forms of identification with you to the Assessment Centre (including one photo ID).  If you do not bring these with you, you will not be able to progress any further with your application.

You will have at least three weeks to prepare and full details will be sent to you about what will happen on the day.

You should receive your results approximately three weeks after your attendance.

Specific Learning Difficulty

If you require an adjustment to the recruitment process in relation to a specific learning difficulty e.g. dyslexia, confirmation via a relevant report will need to be provided with your application form.

If you believe you have a specific learning difficulty that has not been assessed to date you would be required to source and undertake an assessment (at your own expense) in order that we are able to consider reasonable adjustments at the Assessment Centre stage (if applicable).