You've applied! What happens next?
So you've sent off your application to join our Special Constabulary - great stuff. Find out what happens next...
The selection and training process for Special Constables is rigorous and takes time. This information is intended to provide you with an overview of the process and some key dates for the future.
Familiarisation Events- These events are fantastic opportunities to gain further insight into the Special Constable role, meet current Special Constables and learn about the recruitment process and how we will deliver your training. These will be run between the recruitment opening dates (4th January 2020- 3rd February 2020). Please register your interest to be invited to one of these events when recruitment opens. There will be opportunities to receive this information electronically as well.
Monday 3rd February 2020 recruitment closes.
Tuesday 4th February 2020 – shortlisting and Situational Strengths Test. Following the shortlisting process you will be told if your application has made it through to the next stage. You will be sent an invitation to complete a Situational Strengths Test.
End of February/ Beginning of March – final interviews. Once you have passed your Online Situational Strengths Test you will be invited to North Yorkshire Police’s assessment. This will involve two strength based micro exercises and a strength based interview. Those invited to assessment will also be invited to events which will help you prepare for the strength’s based assessments. These events are free of charge.
Final interview dates are to be confirmed.
March 2020 onwards – fitness and medical tests begin. All police officers – both new recruits and existing officers – have to undergo a fitness test Click here for more information about the fitness test. You will also have to undergo a medical.
Vetting will also begin in March. This is when we carry out background checks against the information you provide in your vetting forms.
April onwards – uniform measurement and biometrics. You will be asked to attend our clothing store in Thirsk to be measured for your uniform and have your fingerprints and DNA taken. We measure you prior to a final offer being made as body armour takes a while to be made and delivered. All police officers and staff who attend the scene of a crime as part of their role have their DNA and fingerprints taken to enable us to eliminate them when an investigation is underway.
April- May- final offers made. Depending on when you attended your assessment and interview, and subject to vetting and references, final offers will be made during April and May. You will receive a starter’s pack with your offer.
TRAINING – Now the hard work begins!
There are two distinct parts to your training, the first part is called initial training, this is classroom and scenario based. The second is “on the job” training on the front line under the guidance of a tutor constable.
Once you have accepted the offer of joining us as a student Special Constable, your training begins with a pre-training induction evening at a police station, that you must attend.
You will then carry out your initial training in small groups at police headquarters, the the start dates will be staggered throughout the year.
The first intake will start in May 2020. Initial training lasts approximately four months and takes place on weekends, but also includes a full week during that period. For an insight into what the initial training entails, visit Special Constable Pinki Bilkhu’s blog.
Once you have successfully completed your initial training, you will be attested and given your uniform. Your friends and family will be invited to your attestation ceremony – a very proud moment and significant milestone on your special constabulary journey.
What does attestation mean?
Being attested is when you swear an oath of allegiance to HM the Queen in front of a magistrate. You will also be given your warrant card. You will then hold the Office of Constable which gives you the power of arrest and control of the public – a significant responsibility.
Training on the beat
After being attested you will be assigned to one of our main police stations at York, Selby, Harrogate, Skipton, Northallerton, Scarborough or Whitby and will attend a station induction. Here you will be assigned a tutor constable who will guide you through the next stages of your training. You will complete your probationary training at this police station. Once completed and you are fully independent (this can take up to two years) you may be based at one of our smaller police stations. We will try to base you at a station closest to your home or a station of your choice.
Student Officer Learning Assessment Portfolio
During your probationary period you will be required to complete a record of your experience. This is known as SOLAP (Student Officer Learning Assessment Portfolio).
From the start of your initial training, to completion of your SOLAP, it will have taken approximately two years. For example, if you start your initial training in May 2020, you will complete your probationary period in May 2022.
Your SOLAP will be completed in stages, during this time you will have undergone three reviews and a final learning and development review. After this you will undergo regular, continuous professional development and will have many opportunities throughout your Special Constable career for further learning and development over and above the minimum required.
Thank you for your interest in joining us as a Special Constable, and good luck with your application!