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Student Officer Recruitment

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Job Title: Student Constables 

Post: Various 

Based At:  Forcewide 

Open From  31/07/2017 12:00:00 to  07/08/2017 12:00:00

Starting Salary:  £22,896 


Recruitment campaign for Police Officers for applicants who are currently in possession of a valid Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP).


SWP will have a number of vacancies for police constables during 2017/2018. Applications are invited from those who currently possess a valid Certificate in the Knowledge of Policing, obtained in the last 3 years (as at 7th August 2017). Details of the CKP qualification must be submitted with any applications for verification and will not be progressed without it. Re-joiners and existing police officers are not eligible to apply for this process.  They must wait for a transferee or re-joiner process (please note we do not have a transferee or re-joiner process scheduled for the foreseeable future.) 


For those candidates not in possession of a valid South Wales Police Multiple Choice Questionnaire (SWP MCQ) on application, they will be required to pass this prior to appointment as a Police Officer. N.B Internal staff in possession of a CKP will also need to visit the external website to apply, the application form will be available in the “join us” section. Internal applicants not in possession of a CKP are not permitted to apply on this occasion.


Any applicants who do not meet the above criterion will not be considered.


When submitting the application form please scan the CKP certificate and email to the HR-RECRUITMENT INBOX.  Candidates still awaiting their CKP certificate should instead email confirmation that they have achieved the CKP qualification (in the form of a confirmation letter or email from their CKP provider including the date the qualification was achieved and the expected arrival date of the certificate). Upon receipt, the CKP certificate should be emailed to the HR Recruitment inbox for validation.  (HR-Recruitment@south-wales.pnn.police.uk).


If you wish to apply you need to request a hard copy of a candidate registration form please email your request to HR-RECRUITMENT@south-wales.pnn.police.uk or phone 01656 869225 immediately. Candidates must ensure that they complete and return the form by post as a matter of urgency. Please note that we will not be able to process any application without receipt of this form signed by each candidate.


The assessment centre is scheduled to run September 2017.  There are no alternative dates available.  We will confirm the exact date closer to the time.

Please note that the assessment centre is part of the national recruitment standards set by the Collegeof Policing. Information in relation to the assessment process and frequently asked questions can be found on the South Wales Police website  http://www.south-wales.police.uk/en/join-us/police-constable-recruitment/


Applicants who request reasonable adjustment for dyslexia related issues need to ensure that they have a full report, written by a psychologist, that has been completed since they were 16, as the College of Policing will not grant extra time at Assessment Centre without this. (Further information can be found using the following link- specifically section 8.)



If you would like to become a police officer and consider that you have the required skills and abilities, you should complete the application form which is available from the HR Recruitment vacancy page https://eservices.south-wales.police.uk/Jobs/Jobs/Default.aspx from Monday 31st July 2017 (after 12.00 noon). This should be submitted by 12 noon on Monday 7th August 2017.   Late applications will not be considered.  Along with the application and your CKP certificate please return a copy of the document entitled “pre-application notice to candidates”. Any incomplete applications will be deleted after a 30 day period.  There are guidance notes containing detailed information in relation to the completion of the form linked to the application form which applicants are required to read thoroughly before submitting their form.


For any individual who declares that they have the ability to communicate in an additional language to English at B1 level or above of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (against the SWP prescribed list of languages) may be invited to attend a further assessment of the additional language, if successful at assessment centre.  If successful at this further assessment, their assessment centre score will be uplifted to incorporate the additional language ability.


Every prospective police officer is required to have their fingerprints and a DNA sample taken in accordance with Police Regulations. The purpose of obtaining fingerprints and DNA samples is to allow for a speculative search to be made against the local and national databases prior to appointment to the police force.  


Please note that if you have made an application to become a police officer in the last 6 months, either to this Force or another, then under Home Office guidelines, if you were unsuccessful you will not be eligible to apply on this occasion. If, unfortunately, you do not pass the initial application stage, we will notify you by post. Remember, if you are unsuccessful you will not be able to re-apply for a period of 6 months. The 6 month rule is to facilitate development of the candidate and will include:

·        Failure at shortlist (Competency Based Questionnaire) or CBQ

·        Failure at the psychometric tests (Pre-assessment Tool)

·        Failure at the Assessment Centre

South Wales Police pay particular attention to areas that require development such as the competency section (CBQ) of the application form and the assessment centre. Please note the CBQ element does not apply to applicants’ holding a valid CKP. Any enquiries in relation to this recruitment campaign should be directed in the first instance to the HR Recruitment inbox HR-RECRUITMENT@south-wales.pnn.police.uk or contact 01656 305870.

Our opening hours are Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 and Friday 09:00 – 16:30. Unfortunately there is no support available over the weekend, so please ensure you contact us during the above working hours.


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