Hi all,

I have written this blog post and the five subsequent blog posts to introduce to you the new module in our Assessment Centre Training course.

Module 6 is a new module we have added to our Assessment Centre Course course because of the new Day One Assessment Centre. We created the new module to explain to you all about this new assessment centre. Not only will this new module explain it but it will prepare you as much as possible so you can pass it with flying colours.

IMPORTANT: This module is to be completed in addition to the previous modules that relate to the SEARCH assessment centre as it builds on knowledge and skills covered in those modules.

What is the Day One Assessment Centre?


Day One is a half-day assessment process for the recruitment of Police Constables. It is an immersive experience placing you in the position of a Police Constable on Day One of your new team. The Day One assessment centre is a new approach to Police Constable recruitment using innovative technology such as tablets and virtual reality intended to enhance your candidate experience. Currently, a small number of forces are delivering this new approach to recruitment. Please see the table below.

When arranging your assessment centre, your recruiting force will let you know whether you are sitting the Day One Assessment Centre.

What does the Day One Assessment Centre involve?

Day One is a half-day assessment which incorporates the use of immersive technology and requires you to assume the role of a Police Constable and complete seven exercises which are expertly designed around realistic policing scenarios.

Day One is designed so that no prior knowledge of the role of a police officer or any policing knowledge is required in order to complete the exercises successfully. At the start of the day, you will be given a tablet that you will use throughout the assessment centre.

Your tablet is used to provide you instructions on how to complete the exercises, enable you to watch videos and provide your responses to some of the exercises.

Candidates are assessed against Level 1 of the Competency and Values Framework for Policing. Each exercise is designed to evaluate a specific set of behaviours required to deal effectively with that particular exercise and which have been identified as being particularly relevant to the role of Police Constable. The College of Policing the Competency and Values Framework document is included in the first lesson of module 6, introduction, and you should familiarise yourself with it, in particular, the Level 1 competencies.

In the introductory lesson of module 6, you will find a full guide to the assessment centre and module 6. This document will explain to you in more detail what will happen when you arrive at the Day One assessment, some general advice and more information on how you will be assessed. This document will also walk you through the exercises they will be doing at the assessment and how the following lessons in module 6 will prepare you for them.

Five more blog posts will follow on from this introduction to module 6. These blog posts will each cover a different lesson in module 6, which are: Interview, interactive exercise, video exercise, written exercise and collaboration exercise.

We also provide the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing as an excellent online course that provides police applicants with all the knowledge they will need once they join the police see link for more information as well as gaining you a level 3 qualification.

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The pilot has been developed by the Metropolitan Police Service, with funding from the Police Transformation Fund. Day One will take a different format to Police SEARCH® but has been designed with support from the College, to ensure assessment standards remain consistent.

If the force you are applying to is taking part in the pilot, you will receive more information from them, on what to expect on the day, approximately two weeks in advance of your assessment centre date.

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