Please note the recruitment cycle can take some time to complete. At the end of each stage of the recruitment and selection process you will be notified whether or not you have been successful and therefore eligible to proceed to the next stage.

Stage 1: Complete the online application form

The application form requires personal details from you, for example, your full name, address, National Insurance number, educational qualifications, any tattoos etc. It will also require information regarding any record you may have of convictions or cautions.

The application form is very in depth and must be filled in completely and correctly. Make sure you read the requirement of each stage thoroughly as failure to pass each section will see the end of your application.

If you have applied to join the Police with any force in England or Wales within the last 6 months and your application was rejected you are unable to submit a new application.

Stage 2: If successful at a Dyfed Powys Interview you will progress to the Police SEARCH® Assessment Centre

Police SEARCH® Day 1 Assessment Centre

This will take place at an external location which will be notified to you if you are selected to attend, it is not in the Dyfed Powys Police area and you will be required to travel to this location at your own expense.
The process and standards for this assessment centre are set by the National College of Policing. The day comprises of:

  • A 20-minute structured interview
    The interview will last for up to 20 minutes and we will ask you four questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past.
  • A 23-minute numerical reasoning test
    In the numerical test we will ask you to answer multiple choice questions which will measure your ability to use numbers in a rational way, correctly identifying logical relationships between numbers and drawing conclusions and inference from them.
  • A 30-minute verbal logical reasoning test
    In the verbal ability test we will ask you to answer multiple choice questions which will measure your ability to make sense of a situation when you are given specific written information about it.
  • Two 20-minute written exercises
    Both of the written exercises will last for 20 minutes each. You will have to write a proposal document based on information you are given. On the day we will give you a thorough briefing before you start each exercise.
  • Four 5-minute interactive role-play scenarios
    Each of the four interactive exercises will be split into two 5 minute parts. The first part will be the preparation phase and the second will be the activity phase, where you will meet a role actor.

Together, these activities will allow us to observe what you do given a certain situation and how you do it, making it possible to assess whether you have the skills and qualities required of a police constable.

If you have a disability, e.g. a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, then reasonable adjustments will be considered for the assessment centre. You will be advised of the procedure at the relevant stage.

The results of the Police SEARCH®  Assessment Centre will be emailed to you. If you are successful you will be invited to attend medical, fitness assessments and biometric assessments

Stage 3: If you are successful at the internal interview you will be invited for interview at Dyfed Powys Police

The interview process has been designed to get a more rounded picture of you as an individual. It examines how your values and those of Dyfed Powys Police might match.  By carrying out this interview we are ensuring that you are making the right career choice and will have every chance of being a successful Dyfed Powys Police Constable.  The behaviours we are looking for in this interview have been through a rigorous process of research to ensure that they are relevant to the role and are fair to everyone being interviewed. You will be provided with full details of what is expected of you at least one week prior to your interview.

Stage 4: Medical, Job Related Fitness Tests (JRFT) and Biometric Assessments

The JRFT will assess whether you can meet the physical challenges of policing. Prior to you attending the JRFT we will send you out a reminder of what this entails, but you should start preparing for this stage as soon as you submit your application if you are not yet physically fit.  While you don't need to be an athlete to pass the JRFT, you do need a basic level of fitness.

The medical assessment is straightforward and checks things like your eyesight, hearing, blood pressure and body mass. Conducted by a registered nurse and our Force Medical Advisor, it is in addition to the medical questionnaire you are required to complete during the recruitment process.

Biometric assessments are undertaken and these consist of DNA samples, Fingerprints and drug testing which is undertaken by an external company.

Stage 5: Complete security vetting clearance and reference checks*

If you pass all of stage 4 the remaining stages will be to check your employer and personal references and for you to pass security clearance. You will complete forms during the recruitment and selection process relating to security vetting information and clearance.

* This can take up to 4 weeks or longer depending on individual circumstances

Stage 6: Offer of start date for the Police Training Course (we will aim to give 1 months’ notice)

Once all relevant documents have been cleared and processed and have entirely completed the selection and recruitment process you will be sent a letter formally offering you an appointment and start date.

At this stage, if not already living within 30 miles or 1 hour commuting distance of your posting, you will be required to confirm that you will be moving to within this required distance.