Which Course Is Right For You?

( NOTE: The COVID pandemic has led to forces adapting different processes, but as of June 2020 the College of Policing have stated that all the former SEARCH and DAY ONE assessments have been suspended. This however is fluid)

Depending on which force you’re planning to apply for, you’ll face one of three assessment processes.

  1. The 2020 College of Policing NEW ONLINE assessment (All completed ONLINE)
  2. The S.E.A.R.C.H. PROCESS (A face to face assessment centre)
  3. Metropolitan style DAY One assessment (A face to face assessment centre)

Talking Blues offer preparation for all types of assessment. If you use us, irrespective of which assessment you are doing, we give you free access to all of our recorded training webinars for all of the types of assessment, so if your force  suddenly changes format, you are covered anyway.

We offer face to face group courses run nationally, group online webinars, recorded home leaning packages, and one to one training. You can see details of what each entails from the product boxes on our home page.

How to identify which assessment process you will face

Our courses are custom designed for each system, so you need to find out which system your force is using. The three systems are very different, and although there are commonalities, the courses we run are also different, and specific to the assessment centre type. Below we describe the three types. When you know which type you are doing, go back to the product information boxes on our home page to see how we can help.

 

  1. THE 2020 College of Policing NEW ONLINE SYSTEM

 

THIS SYSTEM COMMENCED IN SUMMER 2020 IN RESPONSE TO COVID.

It can be identified by the following characteristics in the assessment itself.

  • THE ENTIRE ASSESSMENT IS ONLINE
  • You perform exercises in the role of a Police Officer.
  • There are three stages, separated.
  • Stage Two is is a thirty six minute structured interview (done by video link, recorded without a live interviewer).
  • Stage Three Written exercise where you have to assess and brief a remote recorder on your decision making ability
  • Stage Three Briefing exercise where you have to brief a set of responses on your decision making ability

 

  1. The S.E.AR.C.H. PROCESS

 

The old style course, which you’ll have taken if you’ve applied to the police in the past, is known as the Police SEARCH Assessment. It can be booked here.

It can be identified by the following characteristics in the assessment itself.

  • YOU WILL BE CALLED TO A PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT LOCATION, LIKE POLICE HQ.
  • You perform exercises in the role of a Customer Service Officer in the fictional  Westshire centre.
  • There are four five-minute role plays where you meet a single role actor in each one.
  • There is a twenty-minute structured interview.
  • There are two written exercises, one which involves watching a  video clip.
  • There are two IQ tests.

 

  1. THE MET STYLE DAY ONE ASSESSMENT

This is the new system, only used at present by a limited, but slowly growing number of forces (most notably the Metropolitan Police). It can be identified by the following characteristics:

  • YOU WILL BE CALLED TO A PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT LOCATION, LIKE POLICE HQ.
  • You perform the exercises in the role of a police constable.
  • The exercises are guided and/or involve the use of tablets instead of paper.
  • You do two role plays, each lasting ten minutes, one where you meet one role actor, the other where you meet two role actors.
  • There is a twenty minute structured interview.
  • You will watch three video clips, and after doing so answer multiple choice questions based on what you have seen.
  • You will watch a video clip recording a situation involving a civilian and two police officers. You will then be asked questions about what happened and your views on courses of action.
  • You will be asked to complete a thirty-minute written exercise replying to a complaint by a member of the public, using different sources of written information supplied to you.
  • You will do a ten-minute exercise with a fellow candidate. In this exercise, one of you will be wearing a virtual reality headset whilst the other passes information to and from the other person.