Which Police Assessment System Will You Be Doing?

Confused about which police assessment system you will be doing?

We keep getting asked about the fact that some forces are still telling candidates that they will be invited to the in person SEARCH assessment process. Talking Blues are currently running brand new courses SPECIFICALLY written in May 2020 for the new online system. However, if the college should reintroduce SEARCH, our courses also include in the cost full access to our extensive SEARCH video lessons and 160 page workbook on that process as well. With regards to the online system though, We would refer you to look at the college of policing website which categorically states as below (on 1/6/2020)

College of Policing Online Assessment Process Overview

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on March 23 and additional guidance introduced to keep our communities safe, all SEARCH and Day One activity has been postponed until 2021. As the COVID situation develops, it has become clear that digital
solutions to police recruitment would be required.

In response to this, we have developed an online assessment process that enables effective assessment of the required competencies and values that are important for Police Constables, and meets the current standards for assessing new recruits.

To ensure consistency and fairness to candidates the online assessment process will remain in place throughout the remainder of 2020. As part of ongoing monitoring and evaluation we will continue to review the candidate, assessor and force experience with a view to enhancing the process during this period. We will conduct a full review later in the year and give forces notice well in advance of any reintroduction of face-to-face assessment centres.


Found out today Cheshire police assessments due shortly. We have put on a course to suit. Remember, there will be a lot of competition for these dates, with candidates from Merseyside and Manchester as well as wales applying. Many of these will be PCSO or specials, which means the competition will be stiff. Not everyone will get through. Think about whether the advantage you get from us is worth your time and expense. The course will be held at our normal venue, the Holiday Inn South just outside Chester, near to the racecourse.


Understanding The Ethos of Talking Blues

We had an interesting conversation with our course delegates in Cardiff recently. They were saying that their force (Dyfdd Powys) has started offering free half day seminars to applicants about the assessment centre. Some of our students had debated whether they therefore really needed to come on a Talking Blues full day course (and of course spend the money). By the end of the first hour, all were convinced they had done the right thing in coming, but it did get us thinking. We reflected on the simple facts about “free” police run assessment centre assessment preparation.

To begin with, the whole idea of our course is to give you an advantage, to teach you what you need to do not just to pass, but to pass well. This is NOT the aim of a free police course provided by the force. To begin with, if they wanted everyone to pass, then they would have a really easy assessment centre. If you buy into that, it surely stands to reason that on their prep sessions, they do not tell you how to PASS. They tell you what the assessment centre is ABOUT (and even that in a very general way).

So, you do not get much advantage over your competition by attending it. Having said that, any advantage you may or may not have got, is wasted anyway, as EVERYONE ELSE was told the same thing. That is totally different from the way Talking Blues works. WE teach you what you need to do to pass. You therefore have a huge advantage over others who have simply been told what will happen on the day. It’s  a bit like the difference between your driving instructor telling you when you do your test, you will do an emergency stop and a three point turn, and your mate instructor taking them on the actual test route, explaining what those things consist of, how to do them properly, and letting him have  ago. Which candidate is better prepared?

So why do the police do these pointless half days? Cynic that I am, I would suggest it’s because traditionally in Dyfd Powys, we have had scores of peo9ple come on our course, and a large number of the people who joined the force in the last two or three years have been with us. I suspect the force have worked this out and ran their workshop to deter people coming on ours. Ask yourself why they would do that? Is it to save applicants the Talking Blues course fee? Is the force that bothered if you are (as they would say) wasting your money, and will to learn anything? Or are they trying to deter you from coming as they know your chances of passing rocket? Which one of those two scenarios sounds likely? Well, you want to be the police officer, you decide………………………….




Had an interesting discussion this week about police this with reference to the assessment centre. There is still a common perception amongst applicants that the police tend to look after each other, and that is the quality that we want at assessment centre. This could not be further from the truth. One of the biggest threats facing the service today is lack of faith and trust from the public. Consider the big headlines regarding the police at present. Hillsborough, the Saville enquiry, the Steven Lawrence enquiry, and assorted child abuse historical stuff. All decades ago, but all still being used to beat the police with. Honesty and integrity is crucial. At assessment, we do not want to hear u trying to justify the actions of your staff (unless of course they were correct!). if you’re dealing with something that shows inappropriate behaviour from your staff, then you are expected to deal with it, robustly. If you try to fudge this, then you will never pass any police assessment. Simple as.


British Transport Police

BTP are currently recruiting o their website for officers, based at a variety of locations throughout the country. Closing date is May 29th, so not long to complete the forms. It is closing at midday too so do not get caught out.

Best of luck,