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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...

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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.

Friday 18 August 2017 recruitment closes.

21 to 25 August – pre-sift. Following pre-sifting you will be advised if your application has been successful via our online recruitment portal.

28 August – 7 September – shortlisting. Following the shortlisting process you will be told if your application has made it through to the next stage. You will also be sent an invitation to a “familiarisation evening”. If you want to proceed further with your application, you must attend one of these events, there will be six held across the force area, you only need to attend one. A familiarisation event gives you an insight into what being a Special Constable is all about and what to expect. You will also get the chance to ask any questions you may have.

Familiarisation event dates

  • York 11 and 25 September
  • Ripon 12 and 26 September
  • Scarborough 13 and 27 September

30 September onwards – National Recruit Assessment Centre (NRAC)

You will be invited to attend an assessment (known as NRAC) where your suitability to perform the role of a Special Constable will be assessed. The assessment is standard for all Special Constables across the country and will last around three hours. The assessment comprises of:

  • A written exercise lasting 20 minutes
  • A situational judgement test lasting 50 minutes
  • A competency-based structured interview with four questions lasting 20 minutes in total

You will also be asked to bring your vetting forms with you to your NRAC assessment. For more information and material to help your prepare, visit the College of Policing website

NRAC assessment dates

  • 30 September
  • 26 November
  • 9 December
  • 14 January

9 October onwards – final interviews. Once you have passed your assessment, you will be invited for a final interview via our online recruitment portal.

Final interview dates

  • 9, 10, 11 October
  • 4, 5, 6 December
  • 8, 9, 10, 22, 23, 24 January 2018

16 October 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 October. This is when we carry out background checks against the information you provide in your vetting forms.

1 November 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.

December – January – final offers made. Depending on when you attended your assessment and interview, and subject to vetting and references, final offers will be made during December and January. 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.

February 2018 onwards. 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 February 2018. 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 February 2018, you will complete your probationary period in February 2020.

Your SOLAP will be completed in stages – 50% of it should be completed after 12 months from the date of your initial training, and the remaining 50% six months after that.

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!