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The Police Service of Northern Ireland has today, Monday 23 October launched a new recruitment campaign for Police Constables.

Discussing the new recruitment campaign, Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris, said: “Following our last campaign in 2015 we commissioned Deloitte, our independent recruitment company, to undertake research to identify and understand barriers affecting our recruitment process.  As a result of the findings, we have made a number of changes to this process, including a new and redesigned JoinPSNI website which went live a few weeks ago.  The initial selection test for applicants can now be completed online and we are also reducing the timescales for anyone applying.

The Police Service for Northern Ireland launches a new recruitment drive for constables.

“There have also been a number of changes in the Student Officer Training Programme delivered at the Police College, Garnerville.  The programme is now 23 weeks.  Student officers will be assigned their policing district during their induction and spend a full day in their future operational station during the first week of their training.

“An extensive advertising campaign has already commenced which includes online, radio and advertisements in a range of publications.  We have also developed a number of interactive multimedia activities which can be viewed at:

“These will also be posted on social media and will be of interest to those who are considering a career as a police officer.

“The role of a police officer is a challenging and rewarding career, but it is not just a job, it is a vocation.  Policing with the Community is at the very centre of everything we do as a Police Service and I encourage anyone who would like to make a real difference within their community to consider a career in policing.

“The Police Service of Northern Ireland is committed to being representative of the community we serve and welcomes applications from across all sections of the community.”

The closing date for Applications is Friday 10 November at 12 noon.

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The Recruitment Process is as follows

PSNI Recruitment Partner, Deloitte, manages the initial 3 stages of the Recruitment Process which are Online Application Form, Online Initial Selection Test and Assessment Centre.

Firstly, applicants must complete an online Application Form which is split into two stages and begins with Guidance Notes that will help applicants with their application.  Applicants must agree with the principles outlined in the Guidance notes section before they can proceed to Stage 1 of the application process.  Stage 1 of the online application form requires applicants to confirm that they meet the minimum requirements to apply which are:

* Age: Applicants must have attained the age of 18 years and be no more than 57 years on 10th May 2018.

* Nationality: Applicants must be eligible to work permanently in the UK.

* Education: Applicants must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at A*–C grade, including Maths & English Language.

* Computer Literacy: Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the level of computer literacy required to effectively perform the role of a Constable. This will be tested at a number of stages in the recruitment process but there is no requirement for a formal IT qualification

Stage 2 of the online application form is where the applicant will enter personal details and complete the Equality Monitoring Form.

When the fully completed application form is received it will be reviewed thoroughly and if the applicant meets the eligibility requirements they will receive an email containing a unique link to the Online Initial Selection Test (IST).  The applicant can then complete this test at any time during the defined period that the online IST will be open for this recruitment campaign.  The email will clearly outline this time line.

The online IST is made up of two assessments especially designed for this recruitment process; a situational judgement test and a verbal reasoning assessment.  The Situational Judgement Test will assess the applicant’s ability in exercising judgement and making decisions in work based scenarios.  The Verbal Reasoning Assessment is designed to assess the applicant’s ability to understand a short passage of text.

The applicant will have only one opportunity to complete the test so we would advise the applicant to wait until they are fully prepared before starting the IST.  You should also be aware that the IST will be re-tested at Assessment Centre.

If the applicant passes the Online IST, they will be given an appointment to attend an Assessment Centre. The Assessment Centre requires the applicant to take on the role of a Constable and consists of a number of different exercises (including written exercises and role plays, a re-test of the IST, as well as assessing competence in technology). The Assessment Centre is designed to assess the applicant against the personal behaviours for a Constable.

Successful Assessment Centre candidates will be included on the merit list forwarded from our Recruitment Partner, Deloitte to the PSNI who will then commence the next stages of the recruitment process which are Vetting, Online Learning, Physical Competence Assessment(PCA), Medical and finally the Substance Misuse Test.

 You must successfully complete and pass each stage for application to proceed.  When all stages are completed appointable candidates are invited to training in Merit Order.

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for more guidance in relation to all stages in the Recruitment Process.