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Hi, This forum was recommended to me by a serving special constable so I thought I would join up. I have always wanted to be a police officer and so, in 2009, I successfully applied to the Met. Unfortunately, due to the budget cuts, I was told that although I was successful, I was not able to start my employment. This really hit me hard but in the meantime I decided to go and get a degree. University was interesting, but I could never shake the fact that I was *this* close to becoming a police officer. Over Christmas 2014, I heard that Dorset was recruiting, so I jumped at the chance to apply again. I passed the online questionnaires and the paper sift and I now have my assessment centre in 10 days' time. I was wondering if someone could either give me some advice to really nail this assessment, or if I could be directed to the thread concerning it please? Thanks for the warm welcome, it's good to be here! DJ
The recruitment process for PCSO's differs from force to force, but it has been noted that generally forces will use the following: Telephone Interview This tends to be a few eligibility questions that each candidate must complete prior to being put forward for the next stage. Application Form This is a standard application form (however some forces add pages) which is competancy based. Included will be a vetting form. Assessment Centre This stage consists of both written and oral communication exercises but varies from force to force. In many cases the A/C for PCSO's is the same as SC's. Formal Interview This stage consists of competancy based questions and knowlege of the role, force area, policing priorities etc. This is usually conducted by a senior Police Officer, a member of HR or a Recruitment & Selection trained member of Police Staff (including serving PCSO's). Medical Assessment This is the standard Police Staff medical with everything you could expect. It is worthy of noting that a handful of forces require each candidate to pass the standard Police job related fitness test. Vetting & Background Checks This stage related to the vetting, background and financial checks of each candidate which can take anything from one to eight weeks to complete. Offer Of Appointment Once all of the above stages have been completed successfully by the candidate, an offer of appointment will be made by the force.