Due to the important nature of this voluntary role, the recruitment process is lengthy, (3-6 months), rigorous and testing. Although this is a voluntary role, we still want the most commited individuals who care about their communities.
Top Tip - Remember - From the moment you make contact with Wiltshire Police you are being assessed for your suitability for the role.
Application Form - The application form should be completed accurately, honestly and completely. Accurate spelling and grammar is vitally important.
To give you a better understanding of how to approach the competency questions asked in the application form you are advised to refer to the supplementary guidelines for competency based application forms.Â
(Although this document is based around a Police Staff example, the basic techniques suggested are the same for the Special Constable application form).
Top tip - Write out what you are going to say in draft and spell check it before you complete the form.
Police Initial Recruitment Test (PIRT) - The test lasts around two hours and covers four key areas; verbal usage, numeracy, checking and verbal logical reasoning.
Top Tip - Read How to Pass the Police Initial Recruitment Test by K & H Tolley & K Thomas
Interview - The behavioural interview is normally conducted by a Special Constable or Police Officer and an HR professional. Taking around 40 minutes it tests the applicant against the competencies of a Police Officer and also examines the applicants understanding of the role and their commitment.
Top Tip - Research the role and think of examples from your experienceÂ for each of the competencies required.
Medical - The medical lasts around 20 minutes.
Top Tip - Book the medical soon after the interview and complete the medical questionnaire as accurately and as honestly as possible.
References - We will write to all employers or schools / colleges going back five years. If an applicant has served in the Armed Forces we will seek a reference regardless of when the applicant served.
Top Tip - Provide an accurate and honest record together with up to date contact details.
Security and finance checks - Our Professional Standards Department (PSD) conducts a comprehensive security assessment of an applicant and their family.
Top Tip - It is vitally important that an applicant discloses all information required by the application form and any subsequent requests for information. Non disclosure will result in rejection based on the applicant failing to display sufficient integrity.
Drug and alcohol tests - Not long before the start date, the applicant is invited to undertake a drugs and alcohol test. (usually on a Saturday.) The test will check for traces of illegal drugs misuse and alcohol consumption.
Special Constables work alongside regular officers in order to deliver safe, satisfied and confident communities. People from all walks of life join the Special Constabulary and give their time to make a difference.
For Wiltshire Police to serve our communities even better we welcome applications from people with a variety of different skills, backgrounds, experiences and cultures. We are under-represented in some areas such as ethnic minority officers and encourage applications from people within such groups. We will ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and success will be on individual merit only.
Our Recruitment Diversity Officer is available to offer positive action for under-represented groups for general advice and guidance call 0845 408 7000.