The recruitment process
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 process consists of three areas:
- Eligibility criteria including confirmation of your qualifications. If you do not have a Level 3 qualification you will be required to complete a test which will test your academic ability to work at Level 3.
- Situational Judgement Test and a Behavioural Style Questionnaire. You must pass both these tests in order to continue to the application process.
- Application form. You will be required to input your personal details. Please ensure this is completed completely and correctly.
Tips for completing your application
- Make sure you read the requirement of each stage thoroughly as failure to pass each section will reject your application.
- If you require reasonable adjustments or positive action please ensure you check the relevant boxes on the application form.
- If you have had more than one address in the last 5 years, ensure you have all this information at hand including dates of occupancy.
- If you have received any convictions or cautions, ensure you have all this information at hand as you are required to disclose this information.
- If you have visible tattoos (face, neck, hands and forearms) take the required photos beforehand.
- If you have any financial certificates (bankruptcy, IVA etc.) have a copy of these ready to upload.
- When completing the online tests, ensure that your pop up blocker is disabled so that the test screen will open.
- If you encounter any problems or have any queries please contact HR as soon as possible. Please note our office hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
Stage 2: If successful at Application stage you will progress to the Police SEARCH® Assessment Centre
Police SEARCH® Assessment Centre
The Assessment Centre will be held in Bridgend and you will be required to travel to this location at your own expense. You will be able to book a slot to attend through our E-recruitment system and you will receive an email notification when slots are available to book.
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. Please ensure if you require reasonable adjustments that you complete the relevant boxes on your application form.
The results of the Police SEARCH® Assessment Centre will be emailed to you. The national pass mark is 50% although projected vacancy numbers are taken into account when progressing applicants.
Stage 3: If you are successful at Police SEARCH® Assessment Centre you will be invited for interview at Dyfed Powys Police Headquarters
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: Job Related Fitness Tests (JRFT) and Biometric Assessments
You will be invited to attend Police Headquarters to complete a fitness test 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.
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 Attend a Medical
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.
Any costs incurred in obtaining a GP signature and practice stamp is at the candidate’s expense.
* This can take up to 8 weeks or longer depending on individual circumstances
You will complete forms during the recruitment and selection process relating to security vetting information and clearance and checks will be completed by our Professional Standards Department.
Stage 6: Complete employer reference checks
If you pass all of the above stages, we will contact your current employer for a reference.
Stage 7: 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.
Before your first day you will be required to:
- Enrol with our partner university
- Attend Headquarters for a uniform fitting
- Complete pre-join online training packages