New Format

From September 1st 2015, the format of the assessment has changed noticeably. The role play format remains the same. However, the interviews and report writing sections have changed.

The report section now consists of two different kinds of exercise. In the first, the candidate is shown a DVD of an incident or interview of some kind. They are then required to complete and “Incident report Form” detailing what has gone on, utilising the information they gained by watching the video. In the second report writing exercise, candidates are given some written information, and then have to extract information from that document to complete another “Incident report Form”.

The interview tests a number of competencies from the six defined as being required for the role of a [police constable. Candidates are asked four main questions. Two questions seek evidence from their past life experience of them having done certain things, such as working as part of a team, or challenging inappropriate behaviour. The remaining two questions explore their motivations and values with regards to the police service.

Lancashire Police

Our sources tell us that lancs police are issuing 500 forms to the first 500 applicants starting today. They have though reserved 100 forms for ethnic minority candidates. we believe that there are about 25 places, which means its safe to say will also have twenty per cent aimed at minorities. This means that for non ethnic groups you are chasing maybe 18 places. Time to get really stuck in on the process. Being good will not be enough here. You need to be exceptional.

We have put on a course on June 14th specifically for this campaign, which will be held at the Holiday Inn in Preston town center.

CKP Training

Talking Blues is the UK’s largest provider of assessment centre training courses for the police service. We are currently preparing to offer CKP training on a national basis. We therefore need someone to assist us with the college of policing approval process. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to contribute to a growing business, offering a complete end to end service for those looking to join the service.

You may either wish to work for us on a contract basis gaining COP certification, or alternatively we are open to the right person or people perhaps taking a partnership in the business. If you just want to do the odd course to make a little extra money though, this is not for you. We want someone who is dedicated to creating a growing national business, through offering the highest quality courses on the market.

If you join us, you will be working harder than ever. the difference will be the rewards will be directly linked to your efforts. You will have as much of an interest in the service we offer our clients as we do.

If you just think you are interested, we are probably not for each other. If you can see the national potential, let’s talk.

Email our Training Director John McTaggart at for an informal chat.