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Q1. Tell me about yourself and what qualities you believe you have that will be relevant to the role of a police officer?

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“To begin with, I am a hard-working, committed and highly-motivated person who prides himself on the ability to continually learn and develop new skills. I currently work as a customer services manager for a transportation company. Prior to taking up this role approximately ten years ago, I spent five years working as a front-line soldier in the Army. In addition to being a family person, I also have my own hobbies and interests which include team sports such as football and also playing the guitar in a local band.

I am a loyal person who has a strong track record at work for being reliable, flexible and customer-focused. My annual appraisals are consistently to a high standard and I am always willing to learn new skills. Before applying for this job, I studied the role of a police officer and also the role of the police force in depth, to make sure I was able to meet the requirements of the role. Having been working for my current employer for almost ten years now, I wanted to make sure I had the potential to become a competent police officer before applying. Job stability is important to me and my family and, if successful, I plan to stay in the police force for many years.

Finally, the additional qualities I possess that I believe would benefit the role of a police officer include, being physically and mentally fit, organisationally and politically aware, determined, reliable, an excellent team player, organised, committed, capable of acting as a positive role model for the police force and being fully open to change.”

Q2. What type of work do you think you will be undertaking as a police officer, if you are successful?

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“I believe the work I would undertake will be extremely diverse and varied in nature and the role would require me to use a wide remit of skills and expertise. To begin with, I would be acting as a positive role model for the police force by acting with honesty, integrity and delivering a service to the public that exceeds their expectations. I would also be providing, on a daily basis, a reassuring high-visibility presence within the community, whilst also responding to incidents, gathering evidence and taking contemporaneous notes and statements of incidents and reports of crimes as and when they are reported. I would be required to attend and protect crime scenes and also investigate incidents through effective policing and by also following my training and operational procedures at all times. I would make arrests when appropriate, complete custody procedures and also interview suspects and present evidence in court. I would liaise and work with other stakeholders and agencies to make sure we all worked towards a common goal of protecting the community in which we serve. I would also be required to put vulnerable people, victims of crime and witnesses first. I would be required to face challenging and difficult situations on a daily basis and I would need to be at my best at all times to ensure I uphold the principles of policing. Finally, I would be required to adopt the core competencies of the police officer’s role and utilise interpersonal skills to diffuse and respond with integrity to any situation.”

Q3. Why have you applied to join the Police Service?
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Q4. What are the things that you believe make a good Police Officer?
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Q5. Tell me about a time when you have contributed to the effective working of a team.
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Q6. Tell me about a time when you helped someone who was distressed or in need of support.
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Q7. Can you give an example of when you have worked closely with an individual or group of people from a different background to yourself?
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Q8. Describe a time when you have helped to support diversity in a team, school, college or organisation.
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Q9. Tell me about a time when you acted on your own initiative to solve a problem.
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Q10. Can you give an example when you have responded to the changing needs of an individual or group of people?
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Q11. Tell me about a time when you noticed a member of your team or group behaving in a manner which was inconsistent with the teams, groups, or organisation’s values.
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Q12. Can you provide an example of when you have provided excellent service to an individual or group?
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Police Officer Job Description 


Police Officer Job Brief:

As a serving police officer, you will have a large number of priorities to focus on. The key priorities include cutting crime, catching criminals, dealing with anti-social behavior, ensuring visible community policing is at the heart of everything you do, protecting the public from serious harm, providing a professional service by putting victims and witnesses first, meeting national commitments for policing, delivering value for money and also developing and supporting your workforce so they can do their job professionally and diligently. Throughout the selection process you will be assessed against the core competencies that are relevant to the role, and these include the following:

Police Officer Assessable Key Skills, Qualities & Attributes Based On The Core Competencies:

  • PUBLIC SERVICE – Being able to deliver effective service to the public by responding to their needs.
  • PROFESSIONALISM – Upholding at all times the police values, ethics and code of conduct. This means operating as a positive role model for your chosen force at all times, whilst on duty and off-duty.
  • SERVICE DELIVERY – Being able to deliver the right level of service to the public and community in which you are serving and ensuring you take the right approach to dealing with each situation by gathering and assessing the facts first.
  • OPENNESS TO CHANGE – Being open to change and embracing it with the view to improving the police service.
  • DECISION MAKING – Making the right decisions in a timely manner with both confidence and resilience and also being responsible for your actions.
  • COLLABORATIVE WORKING – Working alongside other police officers, members of the police force, other stakeholders (Fire Service, Ambulance Service and Local Authority etc.) to provide the best possible service at all times.
  • WORKING WITH OTHERS – As a police officer, you will not be able to deliver the right level of service unless you work closely with other people as part of a team.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY – Being accountable for your actions and looking to improve by taking onboard feedback from your superior officers and managers within the police service.
  • CONFIDENCE AND RESILIENCE – Demonstrating confidence, resilience and adaptability when dealing with a multitude of situations and operations.

The above list is just an example of the different competencies you will be required to demonstrate at your police officer interview. Within this guide you will learn everything you need to know in order to pass your interview for any of the UK police forces.

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TIP #1 – In the build-up to the police officer interview, be sure to study and learn the key core competencies that are being assessed.

TIP #2 – Be able to give specific examples of how you match the core competencies, including public service, service delivery, professionalism, working collaboratively, decision making, confidence and resilience, working with others etc. The police interview panel do not know you personally; therefore, it is vital you take the time to learn the core competencies and also be able to provide examples of how you match each and every one of them.

TIP #3 – Understand the needs of the local community, especially if you are attending a police officer final interview. For the police officer assessment centre interview, you will only be asked questions relating to the core competencies.

TIP #4 – When answering interview questions around the core competencies, give specific examples by utilising the STAR technique of SITUATION, TASK, ACTION and RESULT. This will ensure you give specific responses as opposed to generic ones.

TIP #5 – During the police interview, make sure you are able to demonstrate in your answers how important it is to uphold the police values and ethics whilst working as a police officer.

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