Honestly? This is something I am not proud of, however it’s true!
My brother, Paul really wanted to be a cop. Sadly for him he suffered from asthma and was also colour blind, which prevented him from progressing with his application.
I was a little bit naughty in my secondary school years and didn’t really know what to do with my life.
Having considered following family members into the electrical business and also being offered a place on a highly regarded sports foundation course I too, (out of sheer devilment to my brother) applied to join the police cadets. Call it one upmanship on my elder brother!!
Well, I passed the educational tests and the medical (which I will not go into on this blog!) and was accepted. I joined Nottinghamshire Police cadets straight from school on 20th September 1982: two years later I became a regular Police Constable and was posted to a place I had not previously heard of – Sutton In Ashfield, within the Mansfield Division. This would mean moving away from home as a 19 year old and into lodgings with a 50+ year old divorcee!!
Watch this space for my 1st day as a PC and how I got myself into deep trouble with my Inspector!
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This is the first of my blogs … being a little ‘green’ with technology I looked into further ways I could support my clients – past, present and prospective.
“Blogs – should give people something useful and free” I was told. So my experience, learning and a few funny stories along the way will follow.
Some of you may find them helpful, some may store for later when needed and some may just see that no matter how far I got in my career, we are all human!
So, for all aspiring police officers this one’s for you … based on my previous experience and knowledge of assessment centre exercises and force interviews here is the learning and some top tips to help you secure a top placing at your police recruitment assessment centre or force interview;
- Be absolutely clear as to why you want to be a Police Officer. Can you deliver your 30 second pitch? Try it now before proceeding? It is likely to be your 1st question
- Be well prepared! With approximately 80,000 applicants per year police forces will only select the very best.
- Use tried, tested and experienced coaches to help you prepare. Take time to research those you are considering investing in as it will pay dividends. Those that can provide you with structured models and examples will help you deliver
- Don’t just seek to pass. You should aim for top place to set the tone for the rest of your career
- Use the best method of learning to suit your needs, lifestyle and time. Travelling to attend courses can be worthwhile but it builds in extra time and costs. E-learning can provide you with flexible and cost-effective learning but not for all that need classroom input.
- You must know your assessment criteria and the 7 exercises that you will face at your assessment centre. The research phase is critical!
- Present yourself as a professional, passionate and a most capable individual who has high potential to succeed in policing.
- Look smart at all times. This will give you additional confidence.
- You must wake up on your big day very much looking forward to your assessment centre or force interview. Appearing motivated, engaged and eager to succeed will impress your assessors.
- Knowledge, experience and prep is power! With the right preparation you will stand out and blow your assessors away.
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